Feb 9, 2007, 5:50 PM
Registered: Aug 12, 2003
J-rat has gotten into canyoneering, and as such has designed a handy little tool for getting out of potholes. He calls it the "Happy Hooker", and boy it's something.
It's made out of avalanche probe pole sections, with a large ibis hook bolted to the end. There is a swaged cable loop attached to the hook. The contraption comes in two sections... a ten foot section and an eight foot section. If it sounds flimsy, well, let's just say whiskey dick has got nothing on this thing. I clip a section of static rope to the swaged loop, and a little tension can help to guide the hook to your desired placement.
I carry it in my haul bag for emergency retreats, such that i may avoid down-aiding overhanging raps.
I had to rap off ZM on two seperate occasions, first from the top of P2, then from the top of p4. For the third (successful) attempt, I used the happy hooker to hook copperheads as far as I could reach, for the sole purpose of covering this ground already climbed as quickly as possible. Lukily it was late in the season so the heads were all pretty solid[;)
edit to add: this old thread has more details on the happy hooker
(This post was edited by stymingersfink on Feb 9, 2007, 5:59 PM)