Climbing. Anchors. Second Edition. JOHN LONG and BOB GAINES . nally figures that forces on the climber and belay anchor in a factor 2 fall are rela-. Climbing Anchors 3rd (How To Climb Series) by John Long, Bob Gaines Book Description Publication Date: July 2, | Series: How To. Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. Climbing Anchors, 3rd provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-understand information on how to.
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Climbing Anchors provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to- understand information on how to place protection and construct secure anchors to. We will focus less on anchors common to recreational climbers in a party of two John Long argues that everyone should adopt the mnemonic SRENE for. HOW TO CLIMB SERIES Climbing Anchors Second Edition JOHN LONG and BOB GAINES CHAPTER FIVE Fall Forces and the Jesus Nut Gear manufacturers .
Again, during high-factor falls energy absorption at the belay due to rope slippage soaks up considerable fall energy, keeping forces lower than those of the lab drop test or even the impact force rating of most ropes. When all energy-absorbing factors are taken into account, it s likely that peak forces on the climber and belayer will be lower still. According to Connally: The previous calculations assumed that the climber is an iron weight tied directly to the rope.
A real climber is a flexible object attached to the rope by a conforming harness. Distortion of the falling climber s body will reduce forces about 5 percent, and harness distortion will absorb another 5 percent during typical falls.
Lifting of the belayer s body may also reduce peak forces by a significant amount, maybe 10 to as much as 20 percent, if design of the belay permits. The overall consequence is that fall forces for short falls are less than those calculated in the lab drop test because of all these various factors that absorb energy and reduce peak forces. Connally is not alone in believing that the forces suggested by lab drop tests are greater than those sustained in the field.
Chris Harmston, Black Diamond s quality assurance manager, reviewed field failures of climbing gear for eight years. He never saw a Stopper rated at over 10 kn fail, and only saw a few carabiners fail in closed-gate mode.
He concluded that forces exceeding 10 kn rarely happen in climbing falls.
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This is telling because a BD Stopper is among the most commonly used protection device in all trad climbing. It s certain that Stoppers have held countless worstcase scenario falls.
They are rated at 10 kn, so if not one has ever failed, it s a sure bet that forces of 10 kn have never been logged on any rock climb. The lack of even a single 10 kn rated stopper failing, in the entire history of the sport, suggests that the 10 kn rating 2, lbf has never been seriously challenged, and that actual forces of factor 2 falls are likely to be less than even Connally s high-end figure of 8.
If he should fall, his full weight will come onto the anchor, not the belayer, which is a mixed blessing. It might mean less force directly on the belayer, but it will double the forces on the anchor.
Better for this climber to forego running the rope through the anchor and instead place a bomber Jesus Nut as soon as possible, probably from his current stance, where the crack looks willing to accept a good piece.
So far we ve heard Connally assert that the belayer sustains less than 3 kn peak force.
He goes on to show how the top piece, be it a component of the belay anchor, the first piece of pro off the belay or the last piece high above, is subject to at the very most somewhere around 1, lbf. Moreover this calculation is based on the climber being an iron block.
Swap out the iron block with a human body, and the forces might drop to as little as 1, lbf at the top end. This is far less than the force measured in lab drop tests, where there is no belayer, no belay device and no rope slip, and no give and flex from the climber s body and the rigging typically found in a real world belay anchor. The obvious implication of all this is that the top-most pro is the most important in the entire roped safety system, since it always sustains the greatest loading and the leader and belayer might both end up hanging from it.
Conclusion: The main task of the belay is to limit loading on the top-most pro, a process that is highly facilitated by rope slippage in modern belay devices. Further force reduction is provided by the other flex and give in a normal belay setup, not the least of which is the belayer s body, providing a counterweight to cancel out much of the upward force.
Clearly a belay and a belay anchor with these characteristics bears little resemblance to a lab drop test, where an iron weight the climber is not belayed at all. The whole point of placing protection is for the pro, not the belay anchor, to arrest the fall.
That is why we fashion the belay to function as a peak force load limiter to keep loading on the top piece as low as possible. And since we never want to fall directly onto the belay anchor, the most critical time is when we might possibly do so, when the leader is first leaving the belay and has yet to place that first piece of protection.
After the first pro is placed, any fall force on the belayer will always be up not down , potentially reducing the static force the belayer s weight on the anchor. Conversely, fall force on the top piece will always be down and maybe out , and that dynamic force will be considerable. This leads to a basic safety credo: What deserves our most critical attention is the first placement after the belay anchor, the so-called Jesus Nut a term that generically applies to any and all protection devices, from pitons to bolts to nuts, etc.
The then-ubiquitous Bell UH-1 Huey Iroquois helicopter had one and only one giant, stainless steel nut the Jesus Nut that screwed onto the top of the main rotor mast, keeping the main rotor blades attached to the copter. As the saying went, If it fails, the next person you see will be Jesus. If a leader falls and the Jesus Nut fails, the belay anchor becomes the last line of defense by default and must be built with that worst-case scenario in mind.
Anything less is not good enough. But in real life rock climbing, most any leader fall directly onto the belay anchor is almost always avoidable, and was generally preceded by significant errors in judgment.
For example, a team cannot suffer catastrophic anchor failure unless the leader falls. If you misjudge the caliber of the Jesus Nut, climb on, fall off and the Jesus Nut rips, that s one error in judgment.
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If you cannot secure a reliable Jesus Nut, carry on anyhow and pitch off, you ve either overestimated your ability to climb a section of rock without falling or trusted rock that failed. Finally, if the belay anchor itself fails, it was not good enough ; you broke the Golden Rule and paid for it with your life. A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist by K.
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Collector of Souls by L. The next year she climbed Temple Crag 10 pitches, 5. Lynn used climbing as a sort of therapy, spending as much time as possible out on the rock at Joshua Tree with her new family of climbers.
Lynn impressed and humbled these seasoned climbers with her ability and destruction of gender roles. At this time John Bachar was soloing 5. The Nose route roughly follows the line between shadow and light. In this portion of the book Lynn retells a lot of history of Yosemite climbing from Its amazing what these men accomplished in those times. The Nose route on El Capitan 31 pitches, feet was established by Warren Harding with others in , a feat equatable to reaching the moon.
She also tells us about a plane crash in at Lower Merced Lake in Yosemite. These efforts funded a lot of climbing gear and even house payments for the dirtbag climbers; however, in the coming years these folks faced a lot of bad karma including multiple deaths read more about this fascinating incident here.
John was an excellent climber and a passionate storyteller who would eventually pursue writing. Together they moved to Las Vegas and John urged Lynn to do multiple TV appearances which largely funded their adventures. He also introduced her to weight lifting which Lynn seemed to have a natural ability for. When she tried to break the world record for bench press lbs for her weight class she choked at the competition although she had succeeded in training.
This is interesting to me because she always seems to be able to focus her attention and stay calm, but she explains that the hectic environment of the competition; with the huge sweaty dudes and musky air, was opposite to her normal performing environment on the rock.
Stunts included; The Survival of the Fittest competitions she won all of them , climbing a rope up and over a hot air balloon with no protection , and rappelling 1,ft off of a helicopter during which the friction caused the rope to melt. John Yablonksi on Wheat Thin 5. Lynn wondered how many more such adventures Yabo would live through, as he was becoming more and more reckless in attempts to get attention mostly from Lynn. Lynn introduced Yabo to a troubled girl on the SMC track team and they hit it off.
They grew apart as John focused on writing and Lynn on her studies biology. Lynn and Russ sharing vows on the cliffs at the Gunks. In Lynn got invited to New York City for an interview and she took the opportunity to visit the Shawangunks, an area with significance to East Coast climbers similar to Yosemite on the West Coast.
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She was shown around by local climbers including Russ Raffa, and found the new environment and challenges stimulating. The two broke up but remained good friends.This book starts with an introduction to to anchors and a brief history of rock hardware. This system doesnt provide any equalization, so its only good if the bolts are bomber and if the leader isnt likely to fall onto the belay anchors.
Even if you are anchored, belaying far off to the side puts extra slack in the lead rope, causing the leader to fall farther than necessary if she comes off. When belaying a leader, its wise to set the load strandthe rope strand running to the belayerclose to the carabiner spine not the gate to get maximum strength from the carabiner. Even if the belayer had equalized the nuts with a sliding X, they are still not nearly enough. Mountaineers Books Rock Climbing Anchors: If a leader fall directly onto the belay is even a remote possibility, the anchor must be built to serve as protection much more on this later with the understanding that if it fails, the next person you see will be Jesus.
This is telling because a BD Stopper is among the most commonly used protection device in all trad climbing. When rappelling, if the descent is smooth, the anchors hold only the climbers weight. Alas, she had not rewoven her figure eight knot after getting distracted by the other climber and as she sat back to be lowered she fell.