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Tuning Forks

These are tuning forks; they are modified Lost Arrow pitons used to remove old 1/4" bolts. An ‘old-style’ thin #1 Arrow is used first to begin the bolt-pulling procedure. In this photo, a #2 and #3 Arrow are stacked; a bolt usually pops out when both pins are fully driven. Sometimes a funkness device is needed if the bolt still refuses to come out. I tape the cleaning biners to either end of the funkness device. This prevents the biner from being loaded improperly and unclipping itself. I have found new funkness devices with a cleaning biner and gear attached at the base of El Cap. One of them I had sold to someone. The bolt hanger is an old SMC hanger. We refer to these as the “death hangers”. The metal (plated steel) is much thinner than that of the newer stainless steel SMC hangers; the older ones have broken on occasion. Do not trust these hangers if you come across them!!! Be sure to be able to recognize the difference; the stainless SMC hangers are bomber.

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Rock Climbing Photo Location Photo Location: North_America: United_States: California: Yosemite_National_Park: Yosemite_Valley: El_Capitan: Southeast_Face__El_Capitan

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