How to safely perform AID climbing [Photos]

AID climbing, also known as equipment climbing, is mainly to use the power of the instrument to climb upwards. AID climbing is commonly used in large rock climbing, but routes that are more difficult than climbers can sometimes be routed through the device. Its significance exists in the climber's goals and activities, not in the difficulty of the action, and its requirements for the operation of the instrument are very high.

AID climbing the dangerous rocky wall is a kind of scalp rash and epinephrine rising. It is even more frightening when there is a big swing or a bumped blood after a fall. Although in the eyes of ordinary people, great big rock climbers dance with death and are keen to challenge the madman of the almost impossible routes, almost all experienced big rock climbers use the following techniques to protect them. Your own safety.

Wear equipment

Always wear a helmet when climbing. Someone once fell off the line with difficulty A1, and the head rushed down because he was disabled without a helmet. Imagine the consequences of the close contact between your head and the rock wall after a long fall. The helmet will save you a life. Fingerless gloves, goggles, and comfortable hard-soled shoes are also helpful. These things may not save you, but they will make you feel more comfortable on the rock wall.

Hanging ironware

AID climbing usually carries irons such as hammers, so when you don't need it, you must forget to hang it on the seat belt. When falling, a dangling iron can be a very dangerous thing. In general, it is easier to fall when climbing with rock hooks, testing for protection points, and free climbing. In these cases, it is not necessary to use a hammer. So be sure to fix the hammer before performing these operations.

Reduce weight

Reducing weight while climbing can reduce the risk of protection point failure and reduce physical exertion. Do not climb with all the equipment. Observe the route before climbing. Only carry the first 10 meters of equipment needed for climbing. This will reduce the weight of about 5-8 kilograms. These weights may not seem like much, but in the case of rock plugs and mechanical plugs where the protection point is the smallest, reducing these weights may be enough to prevent them from being pulled out of the cracks. If more equipment or some special equipment is needed during the climb, the protector can place them on the sling and then lift it up again. Another way to reduce the weight is to use a 8.5 - 9 mm power rope as a towing rope when climbing instead of directly tying the static hanging rope behind it. When the leader reaches the protection station, he can use it to pull the drawstring, and the kettle, pulley, main lock, auxiliary rope, and other equipment required to set the anchor and the lifting system can also be brought together.

focused

The protector should always be awake and ready, and the brakes must not leave the rope at all times. Imagine, when you climbed halfway, but found that the following protectors left the rope with both hands and lay halfway between the rocks on the rock. What would it feel like? Keeping the leader and the protector in constant communication (for example, asking the protector to send some necessary equipment) is a good way to help the protector maintain his concentration.

Reduce the protection point force

There are some cushioning straps when climbing, and now manufacturers are producing this product. Buffering sling can relieve the impact caused by falling to a great extent in the event of a fall. When the impact force is greater than 2KN, the buffer sling will automatically open the slack, extending the buffering time, so that the impact force is always around 2KN. This type of cushioning webbing can absorb some of the energy of the fall, reduce the stress on the protective equipment, and enable the main rope to absorb more energy. When the protection point is a miniature rock plug, a short rock cone, a rusted or very old hanging piece, and a bolt shorter than 1/4 inch, the use of a cushioning flat strip can greatly improve the safety and prevent the protection point from failing. .

Fixed equipment

Remember to attach the equipment ring to the seat belt with a lock. There was once an unlucky fellow who fell and hung upside down on the rope, and the equipment ring slipped from the body. This unfortunate situation will put you and your companions in a very dangerous situation. The lack of these missing equipment may make climbing up and down very difficult. The use of a full body harness with a fitted ring is a good choice on many routes.

Lastly, using a tow rope as a motive rope makes it easier for the leader to fasten the tow rope on the seatbelt when he encounters a terrain with a more cutting rope. Into the protector. In this way, double ropes can be used to climb through dangerous areas to prevent the rope from being cut. However, after passing through the section of the cut rope, do not forget to lower it and pull the tow rope out of it. Otherwise, you cannot use it to pick up the hanging rope. When you can use this technology during the climb, think carefully, evaluate all possible methods, make the best choice, and then proceed with care.

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