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zan


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I took last Friday off work and did 6 pitches of trad (5.7) at Seneca Rocks (WV) with a buddy who is also a guide. I had a lot of fun, I didn't freak out and except for a brief and hilarious moment when I was confounded by an auto-block while rappelling --long story -- it was totally uneventful. I even *shock, horror* fell on a piece of gear when my pack threw me off balance. And I didn't die. Cool eh?

I called my climbing partner at the end of the day and gave him the trip report. He'd spent the last few weeks making fun of me for my nervousness and with my phone call concluded, "I told you so."

So we're going to the gunks in two weeks and all is well.

Thanks for the advice folks.


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zan wrote:
(for background see post here: http://tinyurl.com/5heuwg)

I took last Friday off work and did 6 pitches of trad (5.7) at Seneca Rocks (WV) with a buddy who is also a guide. I had a lot of fun, I didn't freak out and except for a brief and hilarious moment when I was confounded by an auto-block while rappelling --long story -- it was totally uneventful. I even *shock, horror* fell on a piece of gear when my pack threw me off balance. And I didn't die. Cool eh?

I called my climbing partner at the end of the day and gave him the trip report. He'd spent the last few weeks making fun of me for my nervousness and with my phone call concluded, "I told you so."

So we're going to the gunks in two weeks and all is well.

Thanks for the advice folks.

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Jul 14, 2008, 10:38 AM
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Sweet! Congrats on "not dieing". Laugh

May you have many climbs more and hopefully pick up the sharp end yourself sooner than later.


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Yes very good, the "trad is serious, you could die" quote. Glad to hear it is all well.
What rope did you get?
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zan


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Buddy Greg had a rope so I didn't need one. Good thing too because I still haven't bought mine. Can't decide.


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I have the Edelwiess Axis. Its a good work horse of a rope. Tough, takes lots of abuse, and still looks good. $145 for 60m at gear express. Local sporting goods store has it for a hair less, but hard to beat that price for a climbing rope. I still like dry over not, but they have a non dry for $120. For my extra $25 the dry will last longer. I guess as long as you're getting out there to climb, no hurry.
http://www.gearexpress.biz/...mp;Product_Code=5710
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Was that your first time doing multi-pitch trad? I'm jealous, you got to do some great routes at a fantastic place. You'll find the Gunks to be wonderful, but with less exposure and more people.

Sorry if I was initially confused as to your rap issue- at least you found out that the backup really does work (too well sometimes). Your partner/guide seemed very competent and very safe- thank him for his help in pulling our ropes!


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sounds pretty sweet.
Enjoy the gunks, but I heard it sucks ;P
remember to bring your knife.


zan


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Oh hey! Is this Jared or his partner? It was my first time, I'm gearing up for the big trip.

Don't worry about being confused, I was so focused on the autoblock (which I'd never used before) that I completely forgot about everything else :) Greg had a good chuckle about it too.

Hope to see you out again sometime!

Oh, and PS Greg knows a girl who is missing one leg and she's always asking if he knows where she can get a better prosthetic to climb on. Is Hanger Prosthetics your partner's company? Do they make climbing specific legs or did Jared just modify his?


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Jul 23, 2008, 2:20 AM
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sungam wrote:
Enjoy the gunks, but I heard it sucks ;P
remember to bring your knife.

LaughLaughLaugh


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