Today is “Which Way Wednesday”, with a post about wilderness navigation or trip planning. We’ll share a few excerpts from the Wilderness Navigation Challenge, covering exactly why a map is more useful than a compass, why USGS quad maps are lame, and why you probably want a map with shaded relief.
There are many variations on anchor building with a cordelette. Here's one that uses pretty much no knots at all, just a couple of clove hitches.
A unique genre of climbing in Japan is something known as “sawanobori” - following a stream in a canyon upwards, ideally until you reach the source. It's like canyoneering, only in reverse. Watch a fascinating professionally produced 12 minute YouTube video here. Yes, it's about as scary and dangerous as it sounds.
Do you need to fix a rope and have a stout tree available? Lucky you - this is probably the simplest and strongest anchor you could ever build. Just avoid those pine trees . . .
Passing a long cordelette loop around a stout tree and tying off with an overhand knot is an excellent way to make an anchor. However, if you want to use the shelf, you want to think carefully about where it actually is. It may not be where you think.
When so much manufacturing overseas, it's heartening to see a long time NW company stay local. Watch this video for a fascinating look at how Metolius cams are handmade in Bend Oregon, USA. Tip - You can probably stop by, get a tour and see this for yourself!
You’re a newer climber. You want to learn the critical skill of building good anchors. Here’s an excellent place to start.
Here's a way to remove invasive species, make yourself some new kit, and satisfy your masochistic climbing tendencies, all at one time.
Women - Looking to connect with other women who share your passion for rock climbing and to plan to meet ups, trips, and special events? Check out the Ladies Climbing Coalition.
If you have a Grigri or similar auto locking belay device, you can’t rappel in the normal manner, because only one strand of rope fits in your device. If you need to get down a rope, here are two options.
Yes, every climbing instruction book for the last two decades has told you to always use a double fisherman's knot to tie your cordelette into a loop. Guess what: the overhand knot works fine.