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Moderate to steep slopes

Piolet Poignard

With steeper ice, other variations of the French technique are called for. At some point, the German technique of front-pointing comes into play. On moderate to steep slopes, you can switch the axe from the cross-body position piolet ramasse to what is known as the anchor position piolet ancre for more security. Your feet remain flat, with all bottom crampon points stamped into the ice at each step. To place the axe in piolet ancre, begin in a position of balance. Grip the ice-axe shaft just...

Symmetric Chouinard Mid-size

Hexentrics Black Diamond

Design variations in passive wedging chocks a, wide side, straight sides b, narrow side, straight sides c, wide side, curved sides d, narrow side, curved sides e, top view, rectangular f, top view, trapezoidal. Fig. 10-7. Wide-side and narrow-side placement of passive wedging chocks a, wide sides are in contact with the rock, a stronger placement b, narrow sides are in contact with the rock, a weaker placement. have slightly curved sides. They can also have a combination of straight...

Gentle to moderate slopes

Crampon French Technique

Many climbers find fiat-footing awkward and needlessly complicated when they first try it. Once mastered, however, it provides great security because it keeps you in balance over your feet, with maximum penetration of all vertical crampon points. Ankle strain can be eased by pointing your boots downhill more and more as the slope steepens, so the Hex needed to keep your feet flat comes from the more normal forward flex of the ankle and from the knees, which are bent away from the slope and...

Min Techniques Used In Military Aid Climbing

Some of the simplest forms of aid climbing are known as Hang Dogging or French Free in the civilian climbing community. Hang Dogging involves clipping into a piece of protection, having the belayer take in all the slack and locking the belay device off so the climber can rest. b. French Free involves using protection to pull up or to stand up on. The most basic method is using aid for one move. 1 Set in a piece of pro and clip an etrier into it. 2 Step into the etrier and slowly transfer...

Aid Climbing Equipment

Homemade Aid Climbing Protection

Probably more so than in any other type of climbing, you're now in for the true nuts and bolts of the sport. This section details the range of equipment used in aid climbing, and builds on all the gear and techniques described in Chapter 10. If you're not interested in aid climbing, this section may hold all the drama of a hardware catalog. But if you've become intrigued with the subject, you'll find this material both thorough and fascinating. BASIC EQUIPMENT FOR CLEAN AID CLIMBING Clean aid...

Friction Hitch or Double Rope Climbing

This is the setup for double rope climbing. Because the terminology is somewhat confusing, we will rename some of these things to make it easier to follow. The running part will be called the hanging part since you are hanging on that part . The standing part we will refer to as the Hauling part since that is the part you haul on. The tail of rope that the Blake's Hitch is tied in will remain the bridge. To climb, clip your locking carabiner between your...

Prusik Slings And Ascenders

Among the most important gear to help a climber out of a crevasse are slings, tied with prusik knots or other friction knots, and mechanical ascenders. A prusik sling can be as simple as a mere loop of 5- to 7-millimeter accessory cord. One of these slings tied to a climbing rope with a prusik knot will slide up or down the rope when loosened but grip the rope firmly when tightened. The Bach-mann knot does the same thing, but is tied around both a carabiner and the climbing rope. The Klem-heist...

Min Mountaineering Knots

Retraced Figure Knot For Dummies

Used to tie ends of two ropes of equal diameter together. It should be secured by overhand knots on both sides of the square knot. Double Fisherman's Knot. It is a self-locking knot used for tying two ropes of equal diameter together. It can be tightened beyond untying. Water Tape Knot. Used to secure webbing or tape runners. It is constructed by tying an overhand knot without twists in one end of the tape, and threading the other end of the tape through the knot from the...

The Physics Of Belaying What Happens When The Climber Falls

Many years ago, the leader's main fear in a fall was the very real possibility that the rope would break. Ropes were made of the natural fiber hemp, and if a belayer held on too strongly, the rope would snap, even in a fall that by today's standard is not long. To prevent this, early editions of this book said that beginners had to study the theory of something called dynamic belay technique and practice it every year by holding simulated falls with heavy weights. Today, this is no longer...

Team arrest roped but unbelayed

Running Belays

Team arrest depends on each climber to stop a personal fall and on the rest of the rope team to provide backup in case the attempt fails. Everyone involved uses self-belay or self-arrest. Relying on team arrest as the ultimate team security makes sense only in selected situations, such as on a low- or moderate-angle glacier or on a moderate snow slope where a less skilled climber could be saved from a dangerous slide by the more proficient members of the rope team. On steeper, harder slopes you...

Leading And Placing Protection

Climbing Protections

Climbers who have learned the basic techniques of rock climbing and who know how to belay and rappel are ready to take up the study of leading and of placing protection. Leading is the skill of climbing first up a pitch, utilizing a belayer, rope, and intermediate protection for added safety. To many climbers, leading is one of the most satisfying activities in all of climbing. As leader, you're not just following you've taken on the challenge and responsibility of determining the direction of...

General Considerations To Take Game Msvxa

Knowing a few general hints and tips will make the trapping of animals easier and considerably more effective. Most of these considerations relate to the ambush mentality. Think about each consideration as if you are planning an ambush of an enemy unit. The eight general considerations to take game are 1 Know your game. Knowing the habits of the animal you want to trap or snare will help increase your chances. Such things as when and where they move, feed, and water...

Personal Hygiene And Sanitation

The principles of personal hygiene and sanitation that govern operations on low terrain also apply in the mountains. Commanders must conduct frequent inspections to ensure that personal habits of hygiene are not neglected. Standards must be maintained as a deterrent to disease, and as reinforcement to discipline and morale. a. Personal Hygiene. This is especially important in the high mountains, mainly during periods of cold weather. In freezing weather, the soldier may neglect washing due to...

Mountaineering Boots Thick Or Thin Socks

Socks cushion and insulate your feet, absorb perspiration, and reduce friction between the boot and the foot. Socks made of wool or synthetic materials can perform all these functions, while those made of cotton cannot. Cotton absorbs too much water, which destroys its insulating qualities and increases friction between the boot and the foot. Most climbers wear two pairs of socks. Next to the skin, a smooth polyester or polypropylene sock transports perspiration from the foot to the outer sock....

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Homemade Seat Harnesses

Improvised Seat Harness

Homemade seat harnesses are an option for linking yourself to the rope, and you can make a simple one from 22 feet of 1-inch tubular webbing. Starting about 41 2 feet from one end of the webbing, tie two leg loops in the webbing using overhand loops. Make the loops just large enough to fit over your clothing, and leave about a 6-inch bridge between the loops. Once tied, leave the loops in place. That completes construction of the harness. To wear it, step into the leg loops and wrap the webbing...

Retrieving The Rappel Rope

Retreiving Rappell Rope

Successful rope retrieval after a rappel depends on some important steps even before the last rap-peller starts down the rope. It takes just one frightening experience with a stuck rappel rope to guarantee that you'll always take these precautions. If you're using two ropes for the rappel, they will be tied together near the anchor. It's critical that you know which rope to pull on from below. Full the wrong one, and you'll be attempting the impossible task of pulling the knot through the...

Other mechanical systems

Arm Rappel

Several mechanical rappel systems require no special device, just a locking carabiner. It can be worthwhile insurance to learn at least one of them. To set up the carabiner wrap system fig. 8-7 , clip a locking carabiner into the locking carabiner or doubled carabiners that are clipped to your seat harness. Run the rappel rope through the outer end of the outside carabiner, and wrap it around the carabiner's solid back, giving it more turns if you want more friction. Two turns are usually just...