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UpToTheOzone


Oct 17, 2013, 5:19 PM
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I just got back from Indian Creek, and I couldn't help but notice how much of a nuisance managing the rope around my feet was! Any suggestions? I was putting extra weight on my hands to manage the rope before putting my foot back in. And one of the worst parts was jamming with the type between my foot and one side of the crack. it was way painful and hard to stand up as I had trapped the rope and couldn't pull up slack


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UpToTheOzone wrote:
I just got back from Indian Creek, and I couldn't help but notice how much of a nuisance managing the rope around my feet was! Any suggestions? I was putting extra weight on my hands to manage the rope before putting my foot back in. And one of the worst parts was jamming with the type between my foot and one side of the crack. it was way painful and hard to stand up as I had trapped the rope and couldn't pull up slack
It's just a simple matter of enough practice to learn how to do it right. Really. Not being snarky, but it's not rocket surgery.


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UpToTheOzone wrote:
I just got back from Indian Creek, and I couldn't help but notice how much of a nuisance managing the rope around my feet was! Any suggestions? I was putting extra weight on my hands to manage the rope before putting my foot back in. And one of the worst parts was jamming with the type between my foot and one side of the crack. it was way painful and hard to stand up as I had trapped the rope and couldn't pull up slack
watch other climbers that got it down and pick up their little tricks/moves.

climbing is very "monkey see monkey do"


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You get used to reaching down and flicking the rope to make way for your feet. I don't even realize that I do it anymore.


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Extend the gear a bit more and get the belayer to stand a little to one side. This tends to keep the rope out of the crack. Worked for me on Supercrack, but then, I was brought up on UK gritstone cracks!
Practice makes perfect. An excuse to get on more cracks, if one is needed.


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All good points. One other thing that hasn't been mentioned - on hand-sized cracks and bigger, you can sometimes just kick the rope into the crack with your foot. Nothing wrong with the rope being in rather than out.

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