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holden
11-18-2004, 05:00 PM
http://www.rockclimbing.com/athlete/

Scroll through that page, down until you get to the pictures. For some of the people, it says "first free ascent of ......."

I hope this doesn't mean climbing up a huge rock with no ropes! That would be a DEATH WISH! Somebody correct me if I'm wrong....

What is free ascent?

Salem
11-18-2004, 05:05 PM
Yup, that's what free ascent is

Zach L.
11-18-2004, 06:12 PM
Bah... I don't know about that rock climbing stuff. :)
Now, tell me who's got the bigger adrenaline rush in this photo: http://fba.base-jump.org/fr/affphoto.php?Id=121

:D

Govtcheez
11-18-2004, 06:14 PM
Rock climbing is so cool - I haven't been in years, though. There's a pretty big group of people that do it near my parents' house, since there are some pretty good sized sandstone ledges.

exluddite
11-18-2004, 06:45 PM
What is free ascent?

What a friend of mine would describe as "balls that clank".

spoon_
11-18-2004, 07:37 PM
Actually, a free ascent is climbing with ropes. When they say "first free ascent of...", they mean they climbed it without pulling on gear (aid climbing, look it up). Free solo is climbing without protection.

Free climbing includes:
-sport climbing
-traditional climbing

Zach L.
11-18-2004, 07:49 PM
What a friend of mine would describe as "balls that clank".
I'll buy that definition.

axon
11-18-2004, 07:53 PM
What a friend of mine would describe as "balls that clank".

I'm not sure which smily to use; :D or, :o or, :eek:

holden
11-18-2004, 08:40 PM
"Actually, a free ascent is climbing with ropes. When they say "first free ascent of...", they mean they climbed it without pulling on gear (aid climbing, look it up). Free solo is climbing without protection."

When they say 'free ascent' do they still do that thing where they pin those keyhole things into the rocks, and put the rope through it? I mean, how does the rope benefit them otherwise?

And if it's not free climbing, what other aids do they use when climbing up a big rock?

Govtcheez
11-18-2004, 08:45 PM
Jet boots.

jwenting
11-19-2004, 02:37 AM
freeclimbing generally uses no ropes.
Else it wouldn't be freeclimbing :)

From what I've seen (I don't do it) all most will use is a bag of chalk or something to keep their hands dry, some light shoes (to get a good feel for the rock (I guess) instead of boots, and maybe thin gloves.
A helmet is optional :)

adrianxw
11-19-2004, 02:53 AM
>>> Free solo is climbing without protection.

So pregnancy is always a risk.

ober
11-19-2004, 07:01 AM
Hot: http://photos.rockclimbing.com/photos/35/3588.jpg

spoon_
11-19-2004, 08:57 AM
"Actually, a free ascent is climbing with ropes. When they say "first free ascent of...", they mean they climbed it without pulling on gear (aid climbing, look it up). Free solo is climbing without protection."

When they say 'free ascent' do they still do that thing where they pin those keyhole things into the rocks, and put the rope through it? I mean, how does the rope benefit them otherwise?

And if it's not free climbing, what other aids do they use when climbing up a big rock?

Those are called pitons - a technique for aid climbing. Free climbing is climbing up WITHOUT pulling on gear. You can put a spring loaded cam into the rock, clip in to it, and continue to climb without putting your weight on it, that is FREE CLIMBING.



freeclimbing generally uses no ropes.
Else it wouldn't be freeclimbing

From what I've seen (I don't do it) all most will use is a bag of chalk or something to keep their hands dry, some light shoes (to get a good feel for the rock (I guess) instead of boots, and maybe thin gloves.
A helmet is optional


That's right, you don't do it, and you're wrong. I do it almost everyday of my life. Why do people insist on commenting about things they know nothing about?

holden
11-19-2004, 05:24 PM
Spoon, I've been trying to figure out how this works.

How does the protection system work with what you called the 'spring loaded cams'? Like if you were to fall...

spoon_
11-19-2004, 05:45 PM
Probably a good start:
http://www.bdel.com/pdf/rm5115%20_b_camalots.pdf

Pictures of the cams:
http://www.bdel.com/gear/rock/camalots.php

Would explain more, but I've got to pack for this weekends trip.


my credentials:
http://www.valdosta.edu/~kjfamula/climbing/climbing.htm