Prowd - Solo Belay Anchor (2 of 2)
This close-up picture displays a traditional rope-solo system with a dynamic addition (an alternative to the haul-bag dead-weight). The bolt on the left is a 3/8" x 2 3/4" thread-head bolt. A second hanger was installed on the bolt (and later removed) and was oriented for upward pull (opposite of the first hanger). The bolt on the right is a 5/16" machine head rivet with an RP keyhole hanger. A sling attaches extra gear (out of picture) to the belay and a red fixed line leads below. Three rope buckets contain the lead line, zip line, and fix/rap/haul line (static). The belay-end of the lead line is tied into a fig-8 and clipped to the locker on the RP hanger; it is then clipped to a locker on the lower hanger of the 3/8” bolt. A Screamer connects the lead line to the upper hanger with a generous loop of rope between the upper and lower clip-in points, to accommodate Screamer extension. The lead line is then clipped to the first piece (a rivet) with a clove-hitch on a quick-draw to keep the locker that is clipped to the upper hanger on the bolt oriented upward (you don’t want slack in the system such that biners whip around in the event of a fall). The second piece (another rivet) is clipped with a Screamer as well; the real climbing lies above. This system employs the use of a Screamer in the event of any fall (i.e. the one clipped to the belay bolt). Additional Screamers and Scream-Aids can be used on individual pieces at any point on lead (as seen on the second piece; use wire-gate biners on Screamers on mid-pitch pieces). The lower end of the zip line is connected to the upper end of the static line; the lower end of the static is fixed to the belay and the tag rack/bolt kit/water bottle is clipped to the locker that joins the zip line and static line. This point is suspended from the belay with a standard fifi hook, swaged with a loop on both its top and bottom, and is ready to be pulled up at any time. A Vermin Freight Hook will also work for your tag rack and doesn’t require swaging. Be sure to include a cold gold in the bolt kit/gear bag. The tag rack may be clipped at intermediate lengths in the zip line if tagging is expected within a given length of the pitch. The fifi hook/Freight Hook may be clipped to pieces mid-pitch when tagging – just make sure that it doesn’t interfere with your lead system. The sag in the lead line between the first and second rivets (pictured) is due to the adjustment of the clove-hitch at harness level (old-style belay device) during the lead.
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