Saturday, January 27, 2007

For the ice climbers

So I finally gave into temptation and yesterday bought some beautiful leashless tools. Today was my first time trying them and I can't say it was an unmitigated success...



As you can see I'm glad that even with my own relatively stout frame I didn't blow the screamer and the ice screw did exactly what it was meant to. So that's another climbing cherry popped - my first real fall onto a screw...

5 comments:

Chris said...

oops! glad you're ok - how did the fall happen? Did it stem from the weirdness of using leashless tools?

ed Ewing said...

how did you get them back?

Anonymous said...

Did you let go of both axes before you took the whipper? as they seem to be still well placed

Anonymous said...

hope you are ok!? where was that? and why?

RobbieH said...

It looks as if the stitches in your screamer didn't blow. Was it ripped at all? I always use them for the first two or three placements. Ever since this ...

http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=60528

was the result of a relatively short fall at Cogne.

Re. other comments about the advantages of leashless I was handswapping at the time with one of my axes hooked around my neck. Held on to the axes that blew but the one around my neck fell to the bottom :( luckily it ws P1 second screw so i could lower off and have another go. BTW, I'm convinced the screamer saved my ass as the ice all around the screw was cracked when I climbed back up to it. I would definitely have decked if it had blown out. Dodgy screw (placed in a hurry when pumping), handswapping to traverse on a dodgy hook. I learnt a lot about safe iceclimbing that day!

Still like leashless tho'!!!

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