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17 DOWN UNDER. "A celebration of moderate grade climbing in Victoria". 184 pages. 285 images. Father & son team, Steve & John Morris, embark on a journey to climb and photograph 50 of the best rock climbs in Victoria, grade 17 & under. Inc bookmark $50.00
~> It just seems like a high tech adjustable fifi to me, but allegedly has a 2:1 mechanical advantage...
Despite the soundrack it looks more like 1:1 to me, though it is near impossible to see the item!
I was not overly impressed by his incorporation of it into his traverse-pendule-hook move, and I may be wrong, but it seemed he also used an adjustable fifi at point of straightening up on the hook too?
"Hey - I just found this video on You Tube, thanks to the big wall tip from Doug Soderstrom aka Scout 2.
Chris Falkenstein made this video in the spring of '99 - he had to rappel about six hundred feet from the summit. Helluva thing when a video camera drops in on your solar-powered shower in your portaledge - sheesh. You'll find everything from a Rope Ratchet [what I used before adjustable daisies became the norm], an impressive Chuck Heston imitation, and even a few bars from Gilbert & Sullivan. Don't suppose you could upload my rendition of "I've Got the Big Wall Blues", could you Chris? Nice job on the video, thanks! Bits and pieces of Chris' work made it onto the front cover of Yates Gear's catalogue one year, and onto Don Reid's aid climbing video.
The video is ten minutes long, so grab your coffee or beer [depending on whether it is before or after Changeover Time]. I didn't realize his camera could pick up my commentary so well, so you might want to turn the volume down a bit, eh?