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spydey


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I am a sport climber. I like to climb hard high stuff. i am not a trad climber because i perfer to climb harder stuff at the same hight.

fora while now i have seen you guys on el cape. and i'm like that is soo cool i want to do that.

any help into geting onto this asome sport of aid climbing.

thanks mauro


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You're going to need serious amounts of trad experience to get into aid climbing, so start looking into that first...


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thanks that has helped me to wards what i want to do.


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Dude, sell your quickdraws as soon as you can.


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It helps if you have some form of diagnosed mental illness and thrive on suffering. I've often heard of aid climbing described as hours of interminable boredom interrupted by moments of sheer terror. About sums up my experiences.

You would be best served by getting some solid multi-pitch trad experience under your belt. It will be the basis of your understanding of the complex systems necessary to sort out the cluster f%A LOT. More cams, stoppers, biners, slings, and gadgets than you can shake a stick at. And that's just for the clean aid. Factor in an ass load of pitons, lost arrows, blades, beaks, rurps, copperheads, hammer, etc. for the real stuff.

I'm not trying to discourage you. Just be aware of the aspects this undertaking involves. It's a lot of work, a lot of terror, and a lot of suffering. It's also tremendously rewarding for the right individuals (see above comments regarding the mentally disturbed). It's certainly not for everyone.

Ed


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I like your signature top.


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Big Walls by Long and Middendorf (from the How To Rock Climb series) is still a good book on aid/wall climbing. It'll give you a general idea of what you want to get into. Then there are a ton of subtelties covered in this forum as well, enough to confuse the heck out of you if you don't understand the basics of multi-pitch trad climbing and basic aid systems. Ed said it well.


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