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Mark_Hudon


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http://www.supertopo.com/...wk-Solo/t11586n.html

For your reading enjoyment!


JohnCook


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An amazing trip report. A must for all who aspire to big walls!


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Mark_Hudon wrote:
http://www.supertopo.com/...wk-Solo/t11586n.html

For your reading enjoyment!

A bit long, but hey, so was the experience, so it fits: an excellent TR! Thanks for sharing. The ending was a bit gut-wrenching. I hope, if you want, to get another chance at redemption some day. Best of luck!


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Mark, maybe it's time to come clips bolts in the Potrero Chico with the rest of us old-timers. Imagine climbing big walls (not quite El Cap big, but still big) with a single rope and a dozen draws.


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ninepointeight


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What the fuck happened to your finger!?



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marc801


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ninepointeight wrote:
What the fuck happened to your finger!?
That's what hands and fingers look like after a few days on a wall. You're also looking at the side view of his fingertip.


Mark_Hudon


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Ha! It doesn't look too good does it? I think I was pretty dehydrated right then, I probably had to drink some water.


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ninepointeight


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Looks like an Orc digit!


ccspikes


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Good job, Mark. A real man knows when to say when. Reminds me a bit of Jim Erickson's grand "failure" on Half Dome.


marc801


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Another way to look at it: in 20 years, which will be the more vivid memory - Iron Hawk or one of the walls that was easy smooth sailing?


Mark_Hudon


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Believe me, I would probably have given my left nut to have been able to climb that pitch, but dang, I was really hammered, it was quite amazing and scary, actually.


marc801


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Mark_Hudon wrote:
Believe me, I would probably have given my left nut to have been able to climb that pitch, but dang, I was really hammered, it was quite amazing and scary, actually.
I think at one time or another we've all been there. I definitely recall handing the rack to my partner 3 pitches from the top and saying "Get us out of here!"


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Thanks Mark.
I've always enjoyed reading your adventures .

I don't suppose you could make up Black Hills blend for my roped solo outings? It would have to be weaker for sure. Laugh


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Love your trip reports. Keep the wall tips coming.


Mark_Hudon


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Many thanks.


TarHeelEMT


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Mark, would you mind giving a brief explanation of why you rigged the pecker this way?



Do you always have a sling through the top hole?


Mark_Hudon


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I clipped into the top sling here because I though clipping into the wire would rotate it out. I thought that clipping both might pull more straight down on the blade.

The sling through the top hole makes these things easy and convenient to rack, they'll hang nice and neat that way and not get all tangled up in everything else. I have the three different sizes on different colored webbing.

The sling on top also makes it easy to "funk" them out of a placement. Clip a longer sling to that, girth hitch it around your hammer handle and jerk it out. People tend to over drive their beaks and they don't wedge themselves out like regular pitons do. The sling really helps getting them out.


TarHeelEMT


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Thanks Mark. "Finer points of pin placement" might make for a great wall tips segment if you get around to it. I'd certainly be eager to read it.


Mark_Hudon


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Thanks, I'm working on a Wall Soloing tip right now. I have so many people asking me about it I might as well write it up and post it.

Thanks again.


cpowers15


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awesome read! thanks for posting


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