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Runout Solo Hooking on Native Son

Runout Solo Hooking on Native Son



Hooking is both scary and fun! This photo was taken on my solo ascent of Native Son.

When you use a hook while aid climbing, it's not like a pin or a head or a wire that you can leave behind for pro. Generally speaking, once you use a hook, you remove it.

Have a look at the lead rope running diagonally beneath me. Not much pro, eh? You can see the hook that I am standing on - it's visible just in front of my stomach.

The hook placement I'm making looks pretty bomber, though, at least for a hook placement! Note that the hook I'm placing is slung too long - the sling should probably be about an inch and a half shorter.

Directly behind my helmet you can see my pigs and my Wall Flower. And that's the ground two thousand feet below.

This photo was taken by Chris Falkenstein, who dragged six hundred feet of rope up to the summit so he could rap down and take these bitchin' shots!

You can click here to see more bitchin' shots by Chris.

Thanks, mate. Chris also shot some footage here that was used in the Don Reid Video Guide to Aid Climbing.

This photo was manipulated and brightened by Karlbaba.

Rating:Average Rating = 4.54/5 | Votes: 55 | Comments: 20

Submitted by: passthepitonspete on 2002-08-04 | Views: 2083

Comment 5 out of 5 stars manacubus on 2002-08-04
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Makes me get knots in my stomach thinking about hooking for that long. Of course, at least the rock is good. Yesterday I hooked the back of a 3-inch edge and it crumbled apart when I stood on it. Oh, for the quality granite of the Valley!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars passthepitonspete on 2002-08-04
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Well spotted, lad! Jeez, I was talking to bigwalling. How the heck did my comment get ahead of his? Sheesh.
Comment 5 out of 5 stars bigwalling on 2002-08-04
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Dude that is a rad photo! Is that the golden nipple pitch?
Comment 5 out of 5 stars apollodorus on 2002-08-04
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You are one crazy Mullah! I guess you call the big stone Al Qaedatan, eh? And the Three Mullahs formation is off to the right, and the Tears of Allah flow just left of Allah's Arousal? Only a suicide bomber would do what you do.

"Hard aid is like defusing a time bomb" - Eric Kohl
Comment 5 out of 5 stars wallhammer on 2002-08-04
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1.bitchen wall gloves 2. very big cajones! 3. what a bitchen photograph.
Comment 5 out of 5 stars caveclimber on 2002-08-04
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Well it looks like you had fun and I give it two rad thumbs up.
Comment k9rocko on 2002-08-04
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The climber in this photograph is nuckin' futs. Isn't it amazing what we do for thrills?? Nice photograph. Two thumbs way up!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars philbox on 2002-08-04
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That`s a great shot Pete. Fantastic action pic. No photo could ever do justice to what actually goes on inside your head in an exposed position like that all the same it goes someway towards it though. Awesome.
Comment 5 out of 5 stars rickoldskool on 2002-08-04
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Walt would be proud mate!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars addiroids on 2002-08-04
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I know of only one thing that goes through his head: When can we get done with the climbing and break out the solar-powered shower. You are a bad ass Pete!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars karlbaba on 2002-08-05
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Run-out hooking is scary and fun? Scary yes! and fun? Is the "n" in fun an abbreviation for something I'm not aware of? What route is this? (so I can avoid it)
Comment 5 out of 5 stars apollodorus on 2002-08-06
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The route is a "Malt Whipley" classic, Native Son. Here is the topo:

http://www.fishproducts.com/topos/yostopos/Native.html
Comment 5 out of 5 stars zee on 2002-09-10
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U R 1 SIck monkey, no wonder you have no problem catchin' rattlers!!!
Comment vegastradguy on 2002-12-24
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Damn, Pete, that's hard core.
Comment kindredlion on 2003-02-24
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Hey Pete! Are there shots of this same ascent in "The Video Guide To Aid Climbing" by Green Gear 2000 ? Just saw the flick and I swear that was you eh? (You were also in the credits... but that jus' confirmed it)

All in all you da' man

Take Air,

Adam
Comment 5 out of 5 stars passthepitonspete on 2003-03-30
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Adam, you've got sharp eyes. Chris Falkenstein took this photo at the same time as he shot the footage for the Reid Aid Climbing Video.
Comment slick_rick.org on 2003-08-05
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hats off to the hookers!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars djmeat on 2003-11-05
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Hey! Isn't that the same place where the photos of <a href="http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=43791&sid=b2cb1c8f197351820cd66421db380f4c"> <b>photos of Pete on the front cover of the Yates gear catalogue </b> </a> were taken?
Comment spivey on 2004-03-07
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don't the size of your balls weigh you down?
Comment solodavet on 2006-02-18
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pete, i think we both know that that is your haul line below your feet. the pitch comes from the left. not below. good on you for the climb. i thought i might heckle a bit! see you there.