Hey hows it HANGING?

Thats me on the left and Charlie on the right getting some hang time!

We have advanced pretty far in rock climbing the last year, still havn't gone outdoors yet but thats coming soon i'm sure. Route wise we are now doing straight 5.8 climbs (that means no cheating by grabbing holds outside our route).

In advanced normal climbing we work out alot by doing what are called chimmneys, these are two vertical wall parallel to each other, you have to use both arms and legs extended out to climb them VERY COOL shoulder work out!

Now all the climbing you've seen on these pictures and all others on my web page use a form of climbing known as top roping. In this form the rope is tied to your partner up to the top of the wall and back down where it is tied to you. As you climb the rope is pulled up to make sure all slack is gone and if you fall you tend to just fall away from the wall and maybe a little down if your partner isn't total ready.

However in this last group of pictures you will see us doing a much more difficult form know as lead wall. On a lead wall you climb up with the rope only attached to you. As you go you will see clips in the wall every 5 feet of so know as Carabiners, as you climb you hook the rope into these spring loaded clips (keep in mind you still have to hang from your other hang to hold on while trying to pull this off!).

Now say your 4 feet above your last clip and you fall, how far do you fall? 4 feet? Wrong 8 feet! remember once the rope falls to the clip it will touch it then go down before gaining tension. This makes for a very intense sport where you use all your strenght to hold on because you don't want to fall. You don't get hurt if you do fall (the wall is over 30 feet high so 8 feet is not so much) but falling 8 feet will still turn your arms to jello (trust me i know!). This is what a finshed lead wall run looks like (Thats my rope you see in the picture and its charlie's completed route).

And finally these are two pictures of my actrual climbing gear! The one on the left is called an ATC (believe it or not that REALLY stands for air traffic controller) Its use is to control the rope while you repeal or belay. The one on the right is the all imporatant caribiner, it holds the atc to you as well as holding your equipment to your harness, the rope to an anchor or just about anywhere in which a soild clamp is needed (the one shown here is my locking on) this means that once you twist the silver part closed it can't be opened again until you untwist it.

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