Using natural anchors when climbing: Tunnels, trees & rocks – Tutorial (24/43) | LAB ROCK

Using natural anchors when climbing: Tunnels, trees & rocks – Tutorial (24/43) | LAB ROCK


at P&G Linda you need anchors to ensure you’re safe when alpine climbing a fixing anchors requires significant experience done well and reliably it provides the foundation for rock climbing for multi-pitch climbed even with good safeguards the situation will often arise where you want to reduce the distance between two peat ins with traditional climbing equipment a good way of achieving this is to use slings and cords to latch on to tunnels place rocky knoll slings or maybe even latch onto a tree that can then serve as protection particularly for easier alpine climbs peak or rocky knoll slings are used for safeguarding here we use sling material or cords made of Kevlar or Dyneema it’s important that these slings or the cords sit nice and deep so that they don’t get pulled away or down [Music] it’s also helpful to tie the slings with an overhand knot this means it’s almost impossible for them to come loose or for anything unexpected to occur tunnels are a good option for setting up anchors in Alpine terrain these are primarily made of limestone or dolomite where erosion has left a column of rock and formed a tunnel behind it if you want to use it as a protection point you take a sling or a cord and thread it through the tunnel in this case it’s important that you don’t insert it as a girth hitch because it will move to the narrowest point of the tunnel which is of course the least rigid point instead you insert it in a ring shape so that it lies on the base of the tunnel usually the thickest sturdiest point you can also use trees as a protection point when using trees you should ensure that they are still green ie that they’re still growing and that they are at least as thick as an arm ideally you use a girth hitch so that the sling does not move upwards and create unwanted Everage then clip on the usual quick-draw and you have a perfect protection point experienced climbers are considered efficient climbers if they can attach anchors quickly and effectively if you practice it really is a lot of fun and has the added benefit of keeping you safe foxy case you

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