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Solo Aid Climbing Techniques - Rope Bag Management

Solo Aid Climbing Techniques - Rope Bag Management

In my Dr. Piton Signature Post entitled, Help Dr. Piton - It's Eating Me Alive! I write about rope bag management.

This surprisingly simple trick will save you plenty of time when you are restuffing your lead rope bag after cleaning the pitch.

After cleaning the pitch, you will arrive at the top station where you have left your lead rope bag, which is attached to your Solo Tag Rack. You have been tying backup knots in your lead rope every twenty to thirty feet as you have been cleaning. So you arrive at the top of the pitch with big loops of rope dangling from you. You will have to stuff an amount of rope into the bag equal to or greater than the length of the pitch you just cleaned.

As you are untying your backup knots, and taking them off the designated wide gate autolocker you use for this purpose, pass the rope through a crab above the rope bag for quick and easy stuffing!

This system is not confined to solo climbing! It also works when stuffing any rope bag, especially haul line bags which you will stuff again and again and again.

If you use this simple Dr. Piton Big Wall Tip, you will be amazed at how much time you will save over the course of a wall! Stuffing rope in bags is not as easy as you might think - it can actually drive you crazy, especially in the 50 mph convective winds that you routinely find near the summit of El Cap on sunny days.

You can click here to read further Dr. Piton tips on reducing your Clusterf*ck, which includes more tips on managing your ropes.

Photo by Richard Heinrich

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