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Early Draft Edits on How to Flag Your Ledge - from Chongo's book

Early Draft Edits on How to Flag Your Ledge - from Chongo's book

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This is page 3 in my presentation, and here in this first draft of Chongo's book you see a drawing of a Flagged Portaledge.

I include this particular drawing in my presentation for two reasons.

Firstly, I had already written about how to "flag" your ledge, and had published a photo, too.

Secondly, you can see my handwritten edits to Chongo. [Just because you can see my handwriting in no way means that you can read it...]

Now, if this weren't sufficient proof as to the existence of the book, or to my identity as its Editor, in an extremely nasty post I was accused of copyright violation!

Now, I found this accusation churlish and ridiculous - Chongo was overjoyed for the attention! - and naturally I took the opportunity to fan the flames.

I was purposely as inflammatory as possible for two reasons. Firstly I wanted to get Chongo some publicity, and secondly I wanted to "generate hits" for the forum. I believed that more hits would lead to more advertising revenue and hence more profit.

Indeed it worked - during its brief existence, the Dr. Piton Forum was the most popular place on, mainly because everyone was so pissed off! [Though I'll confess I enjoyed the banter with some "politically correct angry women"!] The whole website became polarized and divided into two camps - Dr. Piton's "supporters" and Dr. Piton's "detractors." I RANTED about my detractors, and my supporters filled the Detractor Roll Call.

One morning I watched the Forum disappear before my eyes at the hands of a moderator/detractor - but the forum was subsequently reassembled. Later Trevor put an end to the merriment when people started leaving the website, so the Dr. Piton forum is no more.

You can click here to read the requests to bring back the Dr. Piton Forum, but Trevor has decided not to since he wants input from more people than just me. The current plan is to HTML-ize some of my posts, and put them into a separate Dr. Piton section of the Articles.

This is the Better Way to present Dr. Piton's information since the articles give us much more flexibility in terms of text and photos. Andrew is assisting me with this, but it's a ton of work.

If you are getting bored, then please click here to return to the Aid Climbing Forum.

However if you are getting interested, then please click here to proceed to the next page.

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