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one of the first aid lines I did in the bay area
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Re: one of the first aid lines I did in the bay area
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 11:04:14 pm »
this one may have been the first


anyone else done these?


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Re: one of the first aid lines I did in the bay area
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 11:56:21 pm »
I am not getting in aiders unless it gets me to the top of a mountain.  I did once master a drunken aid boulder problem in Joshua Tree though, almost fell off the top stumbling back down!

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Re: one of the first aid lines I did in the bay area
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 01:48:26 pm »
since no new posts, I will say that drunken aid boulders are the bomb!

hooking while drunk low to the ground with crash pads is tons o fun.

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Re: one of the first aid lines I did in the bay area
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 06:32:12 pm »
I  have chosen to stand in aider because I love it more than any other form of climbing.  Well if I'm nailing pins, heads, and hooking that is. 

I used to aid climb all over my backyard in huge trees that didn't have limbs to climb till way off the ground.  I just used 16 penny nails and made rope ladders and would climb to the branches then to the top of the tree.  It was so fun.  Hardly ever used a rope so I'd have to down climb it two.  Had no idea there was such a thing as aid climbing then. 

Once I realized aid climbing was a hobby for people I got into it.  I hand tied aiders and bought some beaks and blades.  I started climbing trees that way. Thinking back to it and realize some of this was solid A4 style climbing.  Like not that technical but risk factor was high, decked several times from as high as 30 feet when the beaks would rip. 

The most fun was had on my tree fort, I nailed 2x4s and other piece of onto it and would drive pins behind them like expando flakes and hook other stuff i nailed on the fort. I'd start under my fort and climb up the tree than traverse under it on rurps and hooks then I'd go up the wall with the 2x4 expando and hook moves.  Many falls were taken and most were grounders.  I think the high point of my fort was something like 35-40 feet off the ground.  It was way fun.  A few of my friends got pretty beat up doing this with me... they never became much in the way of climbers but I bet they could have been pretty good aiders.

Last time I did any of this goofiness was a few years ago.  Drank a few beers and climbed a tree on #1 blades, when I cleaned it they all came out by hand.  Probably a 50 foot stretch, never led or cleaned a pitch on real rock where I cleaned so much gear by hand as I did in the trees or my fort. 

Thanks for making me remember about those fun times.

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Re: one of the first aid lines I did in the bay area
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 08:23:22 pm »
And now you live in Klamath Falls where there is tons of good aid climbing.