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Mar 9, 2006, 2:36 PM
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The Happy Hooker
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So I was on mgear.com browsing thru the aid section, and I saw this:

http://www.mgear.com/...l_640805_s05_000.jpg

Im not sure if this has been posted, but it just looks like a few aid climbers were joking around when they designed it. It seems like it should be considered cheating, similar to using arm extensions or something on a free climb. Russian aiders are one thing, but this just seems rediculous. Make a really long one and you can reach the top of the pitch. I wonder if anyones going to buy it (pansies). Thoughts?


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Well aid is cheating anyway so whats a little more cheating?


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I imagine it doesn't 'feel' like cheating when you step up onto a blind hook placement.


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I saw the title, and thought you were talking about something completely different :!:

Edit: e.g. someone who got payed very well last night :wink:


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It might be in the aid section on mgear.com, but notice it is made by Imlay Canyon Gear. This is a specialized piece of technical canyoneering gear. Its primary use is to hook the upper lip of a pothole that you're in (possibly/likely you've just swam across it) so you can climb out without drilling. It's useful in other situations as well.

You might want to take a look at http://imlaycanyongear.com/hooker.htm


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The Happy Hooker was designed by Tom Jones of CanyoneeringUSA(.com) for canyoneering pothole escapes.

http://canyoneeringusa.com/...6f3936e80ed35b1e40e2

Very nice piece of gear if your stuck on a keeper pothole.


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I think Jim Beyer used a 20' cheat stick with an ice axe taped on for some FA on El Cap.


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First attempt of ZM:
    get to the top of P2, partner calls it due to health issues


second attempt of ZM:
    Lead to the top of P4, with n00b big-waller (my ice partner), we decide to bail due to weather
    (and my reluctance to HAVE to lead every pitch in the alotted time).


third time's da charm...
    Partner fixed to top of P1 while waiting for my sorry ass. Having already climbed to the top of P4, I had no qualms about getting through them again as fast as possible. I stepped out with the happy hooker, hooking copper-head loops as far away as I could reach. It took approximately 8 moves to the top of P2(!).
    Of course, in my jugging up the line I had attached to the hook, I clipped as much fixed gear and rivits as I could reach, but I still wouldn't have enjoyed the ride had the piece popped.
MMM-MMM-GOOD! jugging on un-tested copperheads... fun!
course, by september the route had already been climbed a few times, so I figured the loose heads I had needed to re-install in April were probably pretty solid this time around. Couldn't say the same for saw'd angles though. :wink:

it could prove valuable for down-aiding as well, when the wall is overhanging or the next anchors below are off to one side or the other.


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