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evanwish


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what are you supposed to do in the situation where you have to bail on a route where a fall would be very dangerous and protection is sparce?

i'm just trying to be prepared is all.

if you know and want to help me write back if you want to be condesending you can go somewhere else
Cool

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Just downclimb.


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It should be that simple.


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evanwish wrote:
what are you supposed to do in the situation where you have to bail on a route where a fall would be very dangerous and protection is sparce?

i'm just trying to be prepared is all.

if you know and want to help me write back if you want to be condesending you can go somewhere else
Cool

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In such a situation, you climb up or you climb down until you can get a solid piece in to bail from. Take your pick.


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If were just talkin about being prepared it's a good time to chat.

If you are like me you often take guide notes with a agrain of salt. When it gets into the x rated and runout notes I try to pay attention. If it is an issue I don't lead at my limit on a runout. Once you are there as stated it's either climb up or climb down. I generally choose to climb something I am pretty sure I can do. If it goes good do it agin on lead.


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When in doubt run it out Cool

God i hate downclimbing


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First before climbing a run-out scope it out from your last good placement. Look for foot hold sequences that will get you to the next protectable feature. Decide whether or nor your up to the task. If you decide it's within you, then commit. Remember your sequences as much as possible, this may be necessary. If you get to a section that is irreversible, you must once again decide to go forward or down climb. You decide to go for it. Well now your fully committed, come hell or high water. There is no going back. Keep it together, concentrate on every move. Make them calculating and precise.

Second if your talking about being up a run-out and because of unforeseen circumstances you MUST bail. [It starts to rain...Your belayer sparks a blunt...The bolt you were heading for was in fact a butterfly and just flew away]. Well your just plain fucked.
You can try going down to minimize you fall as much as possible. You may even make it to the last pro.
Keep going up.
Go off route to a protectable feature.
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If you have to ask...


ja1484


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Funny this should pop up. Was out at Stone Mountain yesterday and my partner and I got on Grand Funk Railroad. It's an excellent route, but even by Stone Mountain standards, it's pretty ballsy. The route, for those who don't know, is about 600 feet over 5 pitches. Excluding anchors, which are bolted, I believe we had 5 pieces of protection on the entire route, 3 of them being bolts on the first two pitches, the other two being slung horns. Pitches 4 and 6 have no protection whatsoever, making them nice little 100 foot runouts anchor to anchor. Thank god the climbing is about 5.6/5.7ish.

Anyway, I was leading pitch four and initially missed the shuts at the end. I was motoring along towards the shuts I *could* see some 50 feet ahead, thinking this was awfully long for 100 feet, when my partner yelled out that I had about 20 feet of rope left.

I was 160 feet out from the anchors, and about 40 feet out from the last (and only) piece of pro, a slung horn.

So, you do what you have to do. I downclimbed the 40 or so feet, grabbed the juggy horn, and took a look around. I finally spotted the shuts (they were off the right of the route in a depression...easy to miss), removed the pro, and downclimbed another 30 or so feet, and traversed about 20' to the shuts and anchored in.

Sometimes life ain't easy, but you gotta keep calm (probably more important than anything else, honestly speaking), think for a little bit, and communicate well with the belay. Then, as Petsfed said, you either go up or down until you can manage things.

Good luck out there.


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i always just carry an epi-pen with me when im stuck on those hard moves, just jam it in my leg and BOOM i can climb .14d maybe not legal.... but it helps


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Good lord man. Wasn't it about 100 degrees at Stone Mtn last weekend? I gave up on going to Stone about a month ago.


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If you have to ask...
then he probably needs to know.....


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As I recall, it was about 85 degrees when we were out there, but in any event, it was plenty toasty. My partner and I came back pink and tender.


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Pdizz wrote:
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If you have to ask...
then he probably needs to know.....

Something to be said for figuring out the obvious on your own, you know.


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Sure, there is something to be said about learning things the hard way, but there's also something to be said about not having to.

For example, learning about gravity at an early age by falling off the roof onto your neck has little value, so maybe you should either answer the god damn question or shut the hell up.

The answer is as above, the options are up or down, nothing in between will generally help.


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chalkfree wrote:
Sure, there is something to be said about learning things the hard way, but there's also something to be said about not having to.

For example, learning about gravity at an early age by falling off the roof onto your neck has little value, so maybe you should either answer the god damn question or shut the hell up.

The answer is as above, the options are up or down, nothing in between will generally help.

Yeah you're right. I guess some people do need to have the obvious explained to them. More than once, it would seem.


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You know I was thinking about it, and the whole what if thing...

It kinda sound like the whole new routing experiance. Only thing is it's an established route and you can't drill of of hooks to save your ass.

Your viable options are:

-up
-off route to a protecable feature
-down
or....

the express ride.Unimpressed


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Consider carrying a hook to aid the sections you can't free or to simply allow you to stop and plan a course of action. This will save you from the "impossible" downclimb on those runout slabs.


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caughtinside wrote:
Yeah you're right. I guess some people do need to have the obvious explained to them. More than once, it would seem.

WOW - this coming from a guy who at one point wanted to know if it was ok to sew his own climbing gear:

caughtinside wrote:
“Does anybody know anything about bartacking, specifically, doing it yourself? I have access to a pretty heavy duty sewing machine so I don't think equipment will be an issue, and I'll be sure to make a couple practice runs first.”.


i guess you never asked any obovious questions in the beginning like:

caughtinside wrote:
“I've never had/placed a hex, and was wondering if there was really a difference between nuts and small wired hexes.”.


seems like a no-brainer to me, or how about this one:

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caughtinside wrote:
Was wondering if anyone had used those blue Omega JC wiregate biners and what they thought. Also, should they just be used for clipping rope to pro?”.


most of us come from humble beginnings.


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foeslts16 wrote:
caughtinside wrote:
Yeah you're right. I guess some people do need to have the obvious explained to them. More than once, it would seem.

WOW - this coming from a guy who at one point wanted to know if it was ok to sew his own climbing gear:

caughtinside wrote:
“Does anybody know anything about bartacking, specifically, doing it yourself? I have access to a pretty heavy duty sewing machine so I don't think equipment will be an issue, and I'll be sure to make a couple practice runs first.”.


i guess you never asked any obovious questions in the beginning like:

caughtinside wrote:
“I've never had/placed a hex, and was wondering if there was really a difference between nuts and small wired hexes.”.


seems like a no-brainer to me, or how about this one:

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caughtinside wrote:
Was wondering if anyone had used those blue Omega JC wiregate biners and what they thought. Also, should they just be used for clipping rope to pro?”.


most of us come from humble beginnings.

hahahahaha!!!!!

Thanks for wasting your morning digging up old posts so you could hump my leg a little.

I'm not to cool to laugh at myself a bit. Sly


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Consider carrying a hook to aid the sections you can't free or to simply allow you to stop and plan a course of action. This will save you from the "impossible" downclimb on those runout slabs.

Good answers mostly, but something got left out. Somebody asked me a similar question a few weeks ago and I gave the same answers, e.g., take careful stock of the situation, commit only if confident. Once you're in it and things aren't working out like you hoped, take careful stock again, evaluate options, press on or downclimb to gear, then bail or rest. Then he asked, "What do you do if you can't go up or down?" I thought for a second tryng to come up with an answer. When I did it was so obvious, I wondered how why it took me any time at all to come up with it.

I replied, "Sometimes there isn't a happy ending."


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nah, spent 5 minutes digging through 1 page of yr posts, wasnt worth anymore time.

"I'm not to cool to laugh at myself a bit. " - good, i'm not to cool to laugh at you either.


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foeslts16 wrote:
caughtinside wrote:
Yeah you're right. I guess some people do need to have the obvious explained to them. More than once, it would seem.

WOW - this coming from a guy who at one point wanted to know if it was ok to sew his own climbing gear:

caughtinside wrote:
“Does anybody know anything about bartacking, specifically, doing it yourself? I have access to a pretty heavy duty sewing machine so I don't think equipment will be an issue, and I'll be sure to make a couple practice runs first.”.


i guess you never asked any obovious questions in the beginning like:

caughtinside wrote:
“I've never had/placed a hex, and was wondering if there was really a difference between nuts and small wired hexes.”.


seems like a no-brainer to me, or how about this one:

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caughtinside wrote:
Was wondering if anyone had used those blue Omega JC wiregate biners and what they thought. Also, should they just be used for clipping rope to pro?”.


most of us come from humble beginnings.

You know, this really cracked me up. So, I thought I would answer these obvious questions so that others can learn!

1. I never bartacked, but I've seen it done. However, I discovered it is easier, cheaper and more convenient to just tie your nylon slings with water knots. While slightly bulkier, these slings are great, sturdy, cost about a dollar, and let you back up rap stations, or are cheap to leave when you need to bail. You can even stuff the knot in a crack as pro! Sorry, it won't help you bail mid-runout.

2. Strangely enough, I still can't comment with any authority on small hexes. years later, and I still can't see if they are worth a damn. Just use a nut instead! Or best yet, stop using regular nuts, get your hands on some hb offsets. Use those and don't look back.

3. Shortly after that post, I got a half dozen JC wiregates. I still have at least 5 of them. They are great fro clipping the rope. You can clip pro with them, but I would not recommend it. While the huge basket and curved spine make a great clipping biner that seldom if ever crossloads, the big basket slides around a lot on bolt hangers and pins. This means that they just don't sit in one place. If you fall, you can notch your biners in multiple different spots! You're bummed.

4. SInce the question has been asked and enough people feel it is a question worth asking, should you find yourself on a runout from which you have to bail, you can do several things:
tell yourself something like "It's only 5.8. who cares if you can't see the next gear opportunity. quit being a pussy and get up there."
Or yell to your partner "holy shit bro I can't see any pro for days, I'm coming down (add a good excuse here, like that the sun was in your eyes).
Or (hasn't been mentioned yet!) traverse! Just make sure that your traverse won't make your situation go from bad traverse. yuk yuk.

Hope that helps.

BTW, if anyone can tell me about the possible advantages of small hexes over nuts, I'm all ears! Or eyes? Oh forget it. I won't use them anyway. Big hexes either for that matter.


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right on man.... you gotta be kidding me about the hexes thing though, hexes rule.

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