Quick­draws, An­chors and Clean­ing

Gripped - - BACK TO BASICS -

In­spect fixed quick­draws and back them up if they look sus­pect. Old fixed bin­ers can be so worn down that the sharp edges can cut a rope. If you’re us­ing some­one else’s draws, give them a quick in­spec­tion to be sure they are good to go. Mod­ern sport climbs are of­ten rigged with ring bolts for fast and easy rap­pelling. Older routes can have a mix of an­chor hard­ware, from fixed chains to pi­tons with web­bing. Learn the ba­sics of equal­iza­tion and how to ap­ply the sys­tem to dif­fer­ent an­chor ar­range­ments. It is of­ten eas­i­est to clean the quick­draws while sec­ond­ing. There are a few tricks to clean­ing tra­verses and caves top down. Be­fore you hose your­self, do some re­search and learn how best to res­cue your draws.

Above: Les­lie Timms on Sum­mer Res­i­dence 5.12b at Lion’s Head

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