Seconding Traverses And Overhangs

When traversing a long distance, it is generally more efficient if you aid across the traverse as if leading. Aiding in this fashion, you can receive a belay from above or self-belay by attaching ascenders to your harness with slings and sliding the ascenders along the climbing rope as you aid. When using the latter method, tie in short from time to time.

Short traverses, and those that are more diagonal than horizontal, can be crossed using normal jugging (mechanical ascender) techniques. The nearer the traverse is to horizontal, the less efficient this technique becomes, for at each piece you are faced with a small pendulum.

When jugging, remove the upper ascender at each placement and move it as far as possible above the currently weighted piece. This practice minimizes the pendulum that will result when you transfer your weight onto the upper ascender. Before doing this, however, allow some distance between the lower ascender and the placement so that the lower ascender does not jam into the piece as you transfer your weight to the upper ascender. Also, be sure to still tie in short at regular intervals.

The same basic methods just described for traverses also apply to seconding overhangs.

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