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Jun 14, 2013, 12:40 PM

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Re: [cmn003] Single vs Multi-Pitch ?'s
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It sounds to me like you are coming from a gym with little to no outdoor experience but would like to further your skills and pursue longer climbs. Understand that all climbing is dangerous, sport or not, and that just because your pro won't fail (hopefully) doesn't mean there isn't room for error and accidents. Before multi, you should be ready to deal with dangerous situations that might arise on your particular route. The danger level is based upon your training and experience (as you said). For example, you drop your only belay device at the 5th pitch anchor and you also realize that you can not be lowered back to your belayer because you are out of reach. What do you do? Now you're in danger.
Working towards multi-pitch, it shouldn't take you too long to send your first one, but don't go if you think you can just wing it. You would probably be able to finish the climb but your new found confidence might land you... well it might land you. Be careful out there.
If you have the skill, training, knowledge, etc. than multi should be generally pretty safe. (Of course there are always variables that might lead to some bad situations, i.e. wind, rain, falling rock)
Practice, you'll be there soon. And when you summit your first it will feel amazing!

Also, your second question. Multi goes to multi when there are multi pitches needed. A good idea (for multi-trad) might be to climb until there is 50 feet or so of rope remaining and then look for your nearest possible belay spot. When it's an all sport route (including anchors), you'll usually see the bolts to anchor into.

Hope this helps...

(This post was edited by ChaseLeoncini on Jun 14, 2013, 12:44 PM)

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