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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 12:31:05 pm »
Nice Mark - pretty much how I remembered it.  Love reading your trip reports as I rarely have the time or energy to put in to them.

See ya soon….

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014, 09:05:23 pm »
Thanks for sharing. Another great TR.

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014, 09:14:05 pm »
Great trip report mark!

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The pitch is a two hundred footer and I knew that I'd be able to tag up gear till I got to about half rope, about 115 feet.

I'm curious why you guys haven't adopted a tag line into your rig?

I find them to be really beneficial, especially on harder aid with long pitches.

1. Much lighter then toting the haul line on your back.
2. You can leave the hauler, jugs, etc behind also lightening your load.
3. Tagging up water, rain gear, snacks, radio, etc during or after your lead.
4. Get any gear you need anywhere on the pitch, allowing you to leave much of it in the bag.

Managing the line might be the only drawback, but I just stuff it in a small rope bag.

Is there a reason you don't use one? Maybe give it a try...

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014, 09:45:49 pm »
Thanks.

I've never felt the need for it, Matt. Your typical El Cap aid pitch is usually less that 145 feet long. With a 70 meter haul line you can tag as far away as 115 feet, 30 feet away from the anchor. The weight of the haul line and the haul kit don't bother me. I'm sort of a "take it all and the kitchen sink" kind of guy anyway!  :-o

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 12:08:06 am »
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I was on pulled and I fell 20 feet almost down to the anchor. Max looked up and calmly gave me the beaks he was digging out of the Gear Closet and said, "I was going to tie them on to the haul line, you didn't have to come down for them".


lol, that's great!

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2014, 12:20:43 am »
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My technique for placing peckers is to pick the size I think will work and then drag it down the crack till it hooks on a place that seems like it will fit well. I might try the next smaller or bigger size just to see. Eventually, I'll place it, give it a few taps and then clip my daisy into and add a little weight to it with each tap, hoping to seat it nicely into the crack.

well stated.

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2014, 12:45:20 pm »

lol, that's great!

Yes, a great quote. Hopefully, I'll be able to use it sometime....

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2014, 05:19:18 pm »
Now that I've finally been able to have a falcon chill with me on a bigwall, i've needed a new Hudon-experience to bucket list. I think falling back to the anchor while my partner is getting gear to zip up to me and having that gear handed to me is my new one!
Sometimes the difference between a layman and a journeyman is simply what he is allowed to believe himself to be.

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Re: Reticent. A Trip Report
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2014, 10:08:28 pm »
Max actually said that too! I didn't make that up. He's a funny guy!