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asellers98


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http://aesphotography.smugmug.com/...4&AlbumKey=vH8ZJ

I just went to a leader clinic and took a photo of each of the placements. Would appreciate feedback on placements if you have time? I am trying to really hone in my trad placements. I hope it helps other beginner trad climbers too!

By scrolling down on the page you will see the comment button. It will make more sense to comment on the photo, rather than on here, unless there is something to discuss in depth.


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I'm using Google Chrome... didn't see any comment button...

Some of your cam placements could have been a lot better by choosing the next size bigger...

A lot of your nut placements looked like junk. Could be because you were placing into flat rock vs. vertical rock. not sure...

Overall, it looked like your hexes were the most consistently well placed pieces of gear.


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As said previously, some of your cam placements are too small. More often than not your cams were only about 30% camed. One of the BD #1's had a lobe that was 0% camed.


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Forgot to add the photos were from everyone's placements. So there were complete newbies placing gear.


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asellers98 wrote:
Forgot to add the photos were from everyone's placements. So there were complete newbies placing gear.

Not sure what this means... you posted the link and asked what people thought.

There were many placements that looked horrible, there were some that looked marginal, and there were some that look bomber...

I guess you are trying to take credit for the ones that look good.?.?.

Weird. Laugh

ADD: huh?


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LOL. No just so I don't give the impression these were all mine.

I am new and have been told that I overcam. Mine are all those with Red and Blue tape.

Thanks for taking time for the feedback.


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asellers98 wrote:
LOL. No just so I don't give the impression these were all mine.

I am new and have been told that I overcam. Mine are all those with Red and Blue tape.

Thanks for taking time for the feedback.

Right on man... Most of the RED/BLUE cam placements looks good. there was a #6 that looked good. a number 2 that looked bad, may hold though, could have used something better. bla bla bla.

Wish i could have commented on the photos individually, like you mentioned.

Great to know you are interested. I climb with a few that don't care if placements are bad or good... Wish they would take more care.

Be safe and climb hard...rock.

EDIT: spell-a-ring


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http://aesphotography.smugmug.com/...tKFr#479704669_YtKFr
This is the link to the gallery, and there is a comment button if you scroll down.


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5 stars for slab climbing!


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Haven't looked at all the pics yet, but most of the tricam placements are just placed like a passive nut, not placed how they're designed.

edit... photos #29 and #30... too overcammed.


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kachoong wrote:
Haven't looked at all the pics yet, but most of the tricam placements are just placed like a passive nut, not placed how they're designed.

Actually they are designed to be placed as a passive nut.

In reply to:

TRICAMS
Patented camming unit that utilizes the superior strength and stability of the tripod. The innovative design allows for use in cammed and chocked positions.

http://www.camp-usa.com/...icams-Hexes-Nuts.pdf

To the OP:
Tricams placed passively cam be a be-yotch to get out if you fall on them. Pic #13 is a prime example. If you do need to set one passively, try to make sure the tip if the Tricam isn't directly on the rock, but held back by a bump or constriction on the side of it.


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acorneau wrote:
kachoong wrote:
Haven't looked at all the pics yet, but most of the tricam placements are just placed like a passive nut, not placed how they're designed.

Actually they are designed to be placed as a passive nut.

In reply to:

TRICAMS
Patented camming unit that utilizes the superior strength and stability of the tripod. The innovative design allows for use in cammed and chocked positions.

http://www.camp-usa.com/...icams-Hexes-Nuts.pdf

Yeah, I realize that... I guess I should have worded it better. Crazy I think I saw only one placed where its camming action might work, which was the point of the exercise right? To improve on placements? He could have just placed a nut instead.


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kachoong wrote:
Yeah, I realize that... I guess I should have worded it better. Crazy I think I saw only one placed where its camming action might work, which was the point of the exercise right? To improve on placements? He could have just placed a nut instead.

True, but I know my nuts aren't that big. Shocked That's why I have Hexes, too.


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There was a red camalot in which the tips of the lobes lined up perfectly. The caption was something about being overcammed. Many would describe that setup for a cam as being as good as one could hope for.


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1) We're not really going to be able to judge the placements from pictures. Take the critiques above (and below) with a giant grain of salt.

2) Placing cams in E-Rock granite can sometimes be a pesky endeavor (that is E-Rock, I assume, or least something in the Llano uplift, right?). This ain't no desert sandstone, and the coarse granite, prominent crystals, and irreglar cracks make placements trickier than most other places I've been. With that said, I happen to like pics 29 and 30 - I'll take slightly overcammed with equally retracted lobes any day out there - that's about as good as you can hope for. I also find that I place a lot more nuts and a lot less tricams and tcus out there.

3) Give me a shout next time you're passing thru Austron to go out. I think the eo.com gathering thing is dead in the water, but I'm still planning on heading out that entire weekend. Will critique placements for food. Or for a belay. Whatever.


Edit: Sorry, AC, I thought you were the OP. Not paying attention, clearly.


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I didn't have time to pour thru all the photos. But I offer 2 pieces of advice:
1) one of your stopper placements (looks to be size 8 stopper, with a scrap of yellow marking tape on the wire) looks a little suspect. Notice that >50% of the left side of the placement is not in contact with the rock. That means that you're trusting yer ass to a single little crystal at the top left of the nut. I would not trust that nut, but then again, I can't see the whole situation based on a single photo.
2) Your practice of the high art of stabilizing the loose block by using a hex to hold it in place, as practiced in the photo, looks sketchy at best. The hex is well below the cam, and looks like it wouldn't stop the expansion to begin with, as the expansion load would be well above the hex. Better option would be to use a hex as the main load bearing point, and if you feel you need to, place another passive piece (hex etc) in there to stabilize. Cams and loose blocks just don't mix....unless you have absolutely no other oprions....and even then...be prepared to fly. I have used placements like that on A4....but not as a damned anchor point.


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justroberto wrote:
1) We're not really going to be able to judge the placements from pictures. Take the critiques above (and below) with a giant grain of salt.

2) Placing cams in E-Rock granite can sometimes be a pesky endeavor (that is E-Rock, I assume, or least something in the Llano uplift, right?). This ain't no desert sandstone, and the coarse granite, prominent crystals, and irreglar cracks make placements trickier than most other places I've been. With that said, I happen to like pics 29 and 30 - I'll take slightly overcammed with equally retracted lobes any day out there - that's about as good as you can hope for. I also find that I place a lot more nuts and a lot less tricams and tcus out there.

3) Give me a shout next time you're passing thru Austron to go out. I think the eo.com gathering thing is dead in the water, but I'm still planning on heading out that entire weekend. Will critique placements for food. Or for a belay. Whatever.

Are they still holding the Granite Gripper? I went to one in, I think, 2007.


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Great photos for my educational power points

I'll be stealing them all

thanks


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Yeah, the '08 Gripper was held in November. I imagine '09 will be in the works in a couple of months...


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how about this piece of crap?

PS: NO this was NOT a serious placement.. i'm sure if it was on real rock (instead of a few rocks plastered together) this sort of placement might hold body weight.. haa but thats about it..

haha it did pass the pull test tho... [yeiks]


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thanks for posting the pics. im new to trad and learnin myself placements and these were cool to look at to compare with my own placements. some of the placements seemed close to the lip of the crack. i can't see depth with a pic so that might not be the case. like i said im new too but i feel like i read in leubbens anchors book not to make placements too close to the lip if you can help it.
any comments on that last statement?


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Some were close to the lip, most were not. Usually there was a finger's depth on the ones that look close.

Congrats on taking the leap to trad leading. It is a very rewarding step.


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mhix13 wrote:
some of the placements seemed close to the lip of the crack. i can't see depth with a pic so that might not be the case. like i said im new too but i feel like i read in leubbens anchors book not to make placements too close to the lip if you can help it.
any comments on that last statement?

try to place it a few inches in if you can.. if you can't get it in deep enough consider climbing up higher looking for a new placement..

i once popped a piece on a 60' fall. I ran out of gear to protect that size so fiddled around working on trying to get something to stick, finally getting a cam with two engaged cams and two sitting uselessly outside the flaring crack. it was pretty much a confidence/if-i'm-lucky-it-might-maybe-hold piece....

well i fell and it came out, but better than nothing... disregarding the fact that it then became a #2 Rock Empire Crotch Missile


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looks like you're placing better gear than I was when I started leading.

Just don't fall!


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justroberto wrote:
1) We're not really going to be able to judge the placements from pictures. Take the critiques above (and below) with a giant grain of salt.

2) Placing cams in E-Rock granite can sometimes be a pesky endeavor (that is E-Rock, I assume, or least something in the Llano uplift, right?). This ain't no desert sandstone, and the coarse granite, prominent crystals, and irreglar cracks make placements trickier than most other places I've been. With that said, I happen to like pics 29 and 30 - I'll take slightly overcammed with equally retracted lobes any day out there - that's about as good as you can hope for. I also find that I place a lot more nuts and a lot less tricams and tcus out there.

3) Give me a shout next time you're passing thru Austron to go out. I think the eo.com gathering thing is dead in the water, but I'm still planning on heading out that entire weekend. Will critique placements for food. Or for a belay. Whatever.


Edit: Sorry, AC, I thought you were the OP. Not paying attention, clearly.

Your post made me realize that I've never placed cams/nuts in anything other than sandstone! I'm so used to that style, is there any advice you have for a granite newbie?

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