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u/jones5112 · 3 pointsr/tradclimbing

Not specifically climbing but definitely a great resource for mountaineering is Freedom of the Hills

Love my copy, teaches you about self rescue, navigation, all the different techniques etc.
Defs worth having on your shelf!

u/climber666 · 2 pointsr/tradclimbing

Here's a couple of books that i found useful when learning. For the cost of your class, you could buy some gear. I bought my rack and went out and started leading the easiest things i could find. I asked my partners to look at my placements and didn't climb anything where i wasn't at ease fiddling with my placements. After a season of this, i spent a day with a small group climbing with a guide and a pro climber. It was really useful then to have someone evaluate my placements and look at my technique. In short, spend the money on a rack. Get out and play with it.

These two will get you started. Once you're comfortable with your gear and are starting to think about multi-pitch climbing, it's a really good idea to read this one as well.

There are many books out there on these topics. I've read the three above and can vouch for their quality. When looking for the Jon Long books, be sure to get the latest edition.

u/ghisguth · 5 pointsr/tradclimbing

A lot of great advices. Few more. Tie knots at the end of the rope. Too many people are dying because of this. And use autoblock. Extra 15-30 seconds to tie it. But adds a lot of safety.

Read Climbing Self Rescue: Improvising Solutions for Serious Situation. Try to practice some of the scenarios in safe conditions.

u/MegaStoke · 2 pointsr/tradclimbing

I'm probably gonna die, but I use a quick blast of automotive brake parts cleaner to get my cams clean, dry them with compressed air, and apply Liquid Wrench Teflon spray lube. Seems to get the cams good and clean without scrubbing, and keeps things nice and smooth operating for a long time without attracting gunk.

u/v12wannabe · 1 pointr/tradclimbing

I have a hard time spelling it correctly myself, that's why I noticed, haha.

Yeah true, Youtube videos are often awful, I don't think I would recommend learning from them. I think the trick is figuring out if the person you're learning from is actually safe or not in general and then deciding if their practices work for you. Like you said though, sometimes you end up on a climb with someone and then you realize they might be sketch, that's not a good feeling.

Since you mention guide standards, you might find something useful in this book, I don't think you mentioned it in your initial post.

Looks like it could cover a lot of the content you're looking for.

And again, I was just fooling around. I'm always stoked when people are getting after multipitch stuff, I think it's what climbing is really all about.

u/ChrisBPeppers · 5 pointsr/tradclimbing

It's a bit expensive but I've ended up really liking it. And it also uses dynamic instead of static line -

u/steveheikkila · 1 pointr/tradclimbing

The late great Craig Leubben also has a very good climbing anchors book published my the Mountaineers.

u/norma_clyde · 9 pointsr/tradclimbing

For potential multi-day routes have a look at the Grade V+ alpine traverses like:

There are also remote routes in places like the Sierra, Cirque of the Towers, Bugaboos, Cascades where you could backpack into a basecamp, then climb. For example:


The other option is backpacking routes in the canyons in places like SW UT like the ones in Steve Allen's books (e.g. The ones he outlines are more scrambling than climbing and are usually low 5th max.

u/el___mariachi · 2 pointsr/tradclimbing

The Mountaineers put out a great anchor books as well (I've never read the Long so I can't comment on how it compares):

u/cyclingbear · 1 pointr/tradclimbing

Topher Donahue's book fantastic!

Advanced Rock Climbing: Expert Skills and Techniques (Mountaineers Outdoor Experts)

u/fayettevillainjd · 3 pointsr/tradclimbing

better deal on tcus and its on amazon smile (5% 0.5% goes to access fund, I was misinformed...)

u/aMillenarian · 11 pointsr/tradclimbing

The CLASSIC is Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills - should provide some interesting info for you.

Trad Climbing+ is another option, but from a british perspective so some of the stuff might seem a bit strange to you...

u/muenchener · 2 pointsr/tradclimbing

High by David Coley & Andy Kirkpatrick has a huge amount of information on modern techniques, gear etc. But it's aimed more at tips & new tricks for the already experienced than at teaching the basics to beginners.

u/rimoms · 1 pointr/tradclimbing

I love my Terra Nova Laser 20 for multi pitch. it's extremely water resistant, lightweight, durable, and has convenient pockets and features. I wouldn't use this as an approach pack though as it has no structure and a rack inside would be annoying.

u/pikejerky · 2 pointsr/tradclimbing

For $9 there is no reason at all for anyone doing multipitch not to read this.

To be proficient at getting yourself out of trouble you have to practice it but at least having an idea of what you could do is better than having no clue at all.

u/KingPupPup · 2 pointsr/tradclimbing

I use Nexcare hypoallergenic tape. Kinda pricey but so far no problems whatsoever. Would only use it for my fingers and not crack/ offwidth climbing though.

u/penguinland · 1 pointr/tradclimbing

Let's plug in some numbers to find out! Let's say my gear and I weigh 650 newtons (146 pounds) (edit: no, see below), I take a fall from 1 meter above this placement, and the angle between the nuts is 150 degrees (note that the image in question has 1 nut significantly higher than the other; to make the math easier, I'm going to assume they're at the same height). I will fall 2 meters before the rope catches me, and that'll take a total of 0.64 seconds, resulting in a final speed of 6.3 meters per second. I'll thus have a momentum of 6.3 m/s 650 kg = 4095 kg m/s. The rope is a little stretchy, so let's suppose it takes half a second from when the rope goes taught to when I'm stopped (is this a good estimate? I have no idea. Longer times will lead to smaller forces edit: it's a bad estimate; see the re-re-edit below). The upward force exerted on me during that half second is now 4095 kg m/s / (0.5 s) or 8190 N, and thus the force on each nut is 8190 N / (2 cos(0.5 150 degrees)) or about 15.8 kN.

Yes, they're going to rip right out.

edit: oh, crap. My estimate at the very beginning was wrong because I mixed up mass-pounds with force-pounds before converting to metric. Suppose instead my gear and I weigh 65 kilograms (143 mass-pounds). Now, my momentum is a mere 409.5 kg m / s, the force needed to stop me is only 819ish N, and the force on each nut is just 1.58 kN. The nuts will hold just fine. Serves me right for not having enough familiarity with metric units.

re-edit: even if I start 2 meters above the nuts and fall a total of 4 meters, even if catching the fall takes a quarter second, that only exerts 4.5 kN on each nut. I'll be alright. Thanks for pushing me to run some actual numbers through this!

re-re-edit: my estimate of how long it takes to stop a fall is way off. I should just look at the impact force (the force exerted on the rope when an 80 kg weight takes a 4.8 meter factor-1.7 fall). As an example, the Petzl Mambo rope has an 8.5 kN impact force, which means the force exerted on each nut in that fall (with my weight instead of a standard weight) would be 8.5 kN / (2
cos(0.5 150 degrees)) (65 kg / 80 kg) or 13.3 kN. I'm back to thinking this isn't so safe.