Ya! Get adjustable daisys and steps in order to reduce bulk and tangles, you'll move faster.
On the subject of moving faster...
Check out the TECHTIP on Aid Climbing in the March 2003 Climbing Mag, (the Golden Piton Award issue).
There are too many "freedom of the Hills" aid climbers out there. Â That old-school method of aiding is slow as shit! Â If, in between each placement, you have to fumble around with a rack to find your next piece, it will take you ages to climb a 1000 foot route. Â
This "new-school" Yosemite-style aid climbing will make you move as fast as a free climber. Â
For those of you that don't have the issue, you have a set of Â thin-fingers to thin-hands cams on the end of each daisy. Â Along with a biner that's taped open (for clipping into fixed pieces that aren't worth clipping your rope into anyways, or bolt ladders where it may not be necessary to clip your rope through each one), A few micro nuts, and a few hooks needed on that particular climb. Â Generally I try to only clip my rope into fixed gear (you don't need to clip every bolt on a bolt ladder made of new 3/8 inch bolts), run it out a bit, especially if it's a steep pitch, you'll move much faster. Â I usually have a set of nuts, a few tri-cams and some bigger cams on the back of my harness incase I feel too run-out or hit a wide section. Â Wear an old ratty pair of climbing shoes too, you'll have more power while highstepping or for when you get to a cruiser 5.8-9 section in between hard moves, you can just step out of your aiders and start free-climbing.
The taped-open biner is nice when transitioning to free-climbing because you can just flick your aider free of your last piece and start crankin'.
Oh-ya! and one more thing! Â Highstep damn-it! Â I know it's tough and you'll probably feel it in the abs the next morning, but you'll move quicker.
Using these tactics on popular aid climbs here in the MWV will turn a normally grueling full-day experience into an enjoyable morning endevor. Â
Learn how to short-fix too! Â if you get good at these skills, there is a good chance you'll be able to do a grade V or VI without a haul-bag. Â Then you wont' ever need to experience the pleasures of hauling!
Don't waste your money on old-school ovals either. If you're worried about biner-shift making a piece blow, you're on A3 or harder. If that becomes the case, keep a couple of wire gate ovals on the back of your harness for the sketchy placements. Aid climbing is so biner intensive (thus heavy), that you shouldn't have a "regular" gated carabiner on your harness unless it has a lock on it. All others should be wire-gates.
Rip it Up!