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brutusofwyde


Apr 23, 2003, 12:11 PM
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Leaning Tower, circa 1999 --

Em and I are chugging up her first really steep wall. Bivied around the top of p7 or so, partly to give her experience with portaledge life, and partly to take the extra time for Em to get used to leading in such a strenuous environment.

Unfortunately, the wall is less than vertical right here, and the portaledge is in some funky corner where it is pretty much impossible to get the dang thing stable.

Under the ledge, our hanging stove is steaming artichokes, Dinner's first course.

As I stand up to get our second course from the food bag, the inner edge of the ledge shoots up the wall, and the outer edge cants downward, dumping us both into space. Whoa!

Eventually we get the problems sorted out, fortunately everything was clipped when the ledge went.

As we finish re-weighting the ledge, the aroma of artichokes wafts up to me... throughout the entire episode, they continued to cook, hanging off the bottom of the ledge. Dinnertime.

Lessons:

For portaledge bivies, the steeper and smoother the better. Setting up a ledge on less than vertical slabs puts enormous strain on the outer straps.

When standing or sitting down on a double ledge occupied by 2 people, (when making significant weight shifts of any nature) warn your partner. That way, she can clip anything in which she may have unclipped at the moment for whatever reason.

Stay clipped in.

And stay clipped in.

Brutus


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Apr 23, 2003, 12:44 PM
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Thanks for sharing, I will

-use a hanging stove for steaming artichokes

-stay clipped in

-and stay clipped in.


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Apr 23, 2003, 12:52 PM
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you forgot to mention that you should stay clipped in.


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{Sigh} My portalege is still a virgin. Though I have yet to fall out of it. [Though Tom did once....]


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Nice. As usual, dude has a way with the lessons.

I'm certain I'm headed for a similar fiasco sooner or later. Can't believe you didn't spew the artichokes...

Ed


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