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By Fitch, Nate; Funderburke, Ron

Climbing: Knots positive aspects tutorial knot-making details for the amateur climber. Pocket-size, it truly is transportable and easy-to-use, with photographs all through to help with learning.

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However, dynamic loads, D-shaped carabiners, and wet/icy conditions can make the clove hitch less secure. Failure mechanism: The clove can fail in a variety of ways. High dynamic loads can cause the rope to break right in front of the hitch, whereas slower tensile loads can cause the hitch to slip. Ideal application: Anchoring the climber/belayer to an anchor with a locking carabiner. Guide’s Insight A former climbing partner of mine sent me a photo from my early days of climbing. In the photo I have arrived at the top of a climb, elated and pleased with myself.

A climber should be able to quickly parse out the subtle advantages and disadvantages of each technique and make an informed and reasoned choice. Finally, a good climber does not cling to his/her final decision. A smart climber is always open to an alternative solution that reformulates the heuristic. Or, a smart climber is humble enough to realize that the context can change or it can be mis-interpreted. Either way, a smart climber is receptive to the possibility that surviving a task is not a clear indication that he/she has perfected the task.

We’ve showcased the knots and hitches in this book because they seem to be the most common solutions to the most frequent contexts that we encounter as rock climbers, climbing instructors, and guides. However, this chapter also should prepare a climber to work in contexts with which we are unfamiliar. It should provide a tool for deciding whether to use knots and hitches that we have never even heard of. In other words, this chapter should prepare a climber to be a student of the rope, the craft, and the sport.

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