Rec.Climbing Recent Topics Of
I read the rec.climbing
newsgroup fairly regularly, and thought I might start making a note
of topics of interest. If you don't have a news reader, Google
provides a web based interface. See also the other
climbing forums in the links section.
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TR: Whatever - A good trip report of a tall route at Red Rocks, old
school trad meets modern climber.
FFA Hourglass - Recollections of the FFA of the Left Side of the
Jules Verne - The infamous runout face of the third pitch of Jules
Never Take A Sport Climber - An epic multi-pitch leaves the team
hiking out in the dark with no torches or water.
The Perverted Diamond - Desperate descent off the Diamond as a storm
hammers them and rock fall nearly takes out another party.
Trad Eye for the Bolt Clipper - Funny little skit about trad vs sport
Is Real - Discussion of a photo taken of some first time aid climbers
practicing. Quite funny! Further down the thread the pic is enhanced with humorous
Scary Little 5.8 - Marvellous trip report by Larry on the loose rock
of Calico Basin.
Vignettes - An entertaining, and oddly formatted trip report from
Alex, plus some interesting follow up posts from other team members.
TR : Part I, Part
X - Entitled "Fear of A Black Granite", this trip report is
a nice read, and describes a few days of multi-pitching some humbling
Anchor Stories - A couple of replies to this thread offer some
interesting tales. Single piece belays, etc.
Stall - Trip report of bouldering the office toliet. Funny!
You A Safe Climber - Discussion on just what is considered safe.
"Good judgement is the result of experience. Experience is the result
of bad judgement".
Wall - A nice little retro trip report of a big wall experience.
Weekend TRs? - This is actually a reply to this thread. It's a marvellous
trip report of an ascent of El Cap's Nose route in, what 27 hours of
continuous free and aid climbing, and a life-time goal for the articles
author. Well written and very enjoyable reading.
A Simple Climber - See Also: Part
2 & Part
3. Retro essay on getting into climbing. Well
written. Leads into a trip report including an accident.
TR Of Sorts - Funny collection of possibly fictional letters home
detailing the start of a climbing career.
Editor Chops Route - Heated debate on the age old Bolt Wars saga.
Dudes bolt a new route, another, possibly more experienced climber sees
bolts next to cracks and chops the offending hardware. (You'd be tar and
feathered if you bolted a crack here in Australia). The spin on this event
is that said climber is in fact, the editor of a popular US climbing mag.
Chopper Edits Route - Secondary thread associated with above topic.
With The DNB - A good trip report of an all day climb on Middle
A Nemesis - Short trip report of returning to do a route in better
The Leader Must Not Fall Then What? - Discussion of when to "make
the move and take the chance".
From Zion Rap Accident Survior - Abseiler raps off the ends of the
rope despite knot?
Brook Accident: A Rescuers Account - Lead soloist falls (device
failure?), rescuer is also hurt during helicopter evacuation.
Religion - Dingus gives us a masterful trip report of a tall, easy
classic where-in much is learned.
All Kitchen Sponges & Bad Advice - A response to this thread,
detailing a terrible accident in which a female top roper falls ripping
the top rope's single anchor.
On Braille Brook Rescue - Details of an accident in which solo climber
falls, and a further mishaps occurs during the rescue attempt. Unfortunately
the climber dies and one rescue worker is injured.
Of An Altar Boy - A trip report from John Byrnes detailing an epic
ascent in "Castle Valley". Wild off-width climbing, stuck ropes,
a storm, rock fall, multiple injures, but they live to tell the tale.
Many Tries For Your First Big Wall - Admissions from Big Wall climbers
who had to bail many times before success was finally granted.
Method For Connecting Two Sewn Slings - The topic gets rehashed once
Evacuation - Details of a lead fall in Joshua Tree that results in
head injuries. Climber not wearing a helmet.
Not So Rosy Crucifixon - A good trip report from Kreighton, who writes
eloquently of being shagged out while sharing the lead on an Eldo climb.
Fuel For The Old Helmet Debate - Describes a head injury incurred
during a fall. The subsequent thread rehashes the helmet debate.
Rescue Question - How a belayer could set about rescuing their unconscious
leader, if they were more than half a rope length out.
In Rope On A Leader Fall - Discusses the advanced belay technique of
taking in (or letting out) slack during a fall. Mention is made of an article
on the Planet Fear web site that goes over this technique.
In With Biner - Discusses attaching the rope to the harness with a
figure eight, bowline, locking carabiner(s), cross loading and self
opening issues, wear on the rope at the knot, etc.
Harding Dying - Comments from climbers surrounding the death of a
legend, Warren Harding, who established many a route up El Cap, Yosemite
back in the "good old days", including, I believe, the all time
classic Nose route.
The Ends Of Rappel Ropes - So you don't abseil off into the abyss
below. Thread also gets into abseil backups, etc.
In The Gym - Leading a gym climb, dude impales himself on a draw -
Gunks Fest Tumble - Accident report, a fall from low down on an easy
climb still results in a "severely contused pelvis". A lesson
for us all?
Femur Is The Strongest Bone - Trip report from "tradkelly"
detailing an Indian Creek climb in which piece pops and a deck out fall is
taken, but climber walks away uninjured.
- A good trip report from Brutus, detailing his ascent of "The
Mace" with two others.
Gri/Rope Diameter - Discusses how thin a rope can be before a GriGri
will fail to lock off, other reasons why a GriGri might fail, such as a
wet, dirty or icy rope, etc. See Also: similar
Please contact me if you believe there is a broken link, or
you have a suggestion for inclusion in this section.
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