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I am putting together a slide show for the book release party at the The North Country Climbing Center in Lisbon NH on February 25th at 6 pm. All are welcome!!!

Also, if anyone wants any of their images included in the slide show please email them to me at They must be color correct and sized at 1,024 pixels for horizontal images and 768 pixels for vertical images. Time is running out so get them out today or tomorrow. I will put "©2017 Your Name" on any images I use that gets selected for the show.

Gear Exchange / Re: ice gear: ropes, screws, nomics, 0 degree bag
« Last post by nuts on February 19, 2017, 09:39:18 AM »
Shucks! Nano Photon, thanks David.

I had shoulder surgery in September which was more complicated than expected and the recovery period is proving to be lengthy.  Six more weeks before I can begin strength training! 

Nomics have sold.
Gear Exchange / Climbing gear-update re available gear
« Last post by Rime on February 18, 2017, 07:28:52 AM »
Passing along my good-karma gear continues...I am thankful to be able to pass along some gear that has some life left in it and get a little cash for it....EDITED FEB. 18 to show what is left:

Wild country old style flexible friend 0 (red sling) decent shape $10
Wild country old style flexible friend ?? next size up (orange sling) (1" open) decent shape $10
Wild country old style flexible friend ?? (blue sling) 2" open, 1.5" fully came good shape $20
ABC ROK friend sizes 7  good shape $20
Metolius 10 good shape $20
BD Micro cam 00 excellent shape $30
misc. locking carabiners and belay devices...some webbing in decent shape. 

I have 9 newer BD carabiners (hot wire and similar) in great shape, $3 each
I have 28 older style BD and REI ovals all in good shape, $1 each
3 brass RP stoppers $5 each
Can e-mail pictures of any of this!

All gear used but in decent shape to fill out your rack.
Gear Exchange / Re: ice gear: ropes, screws, nomics, 0 degree bag
« Last post by David_G48 on February 17, 2017, 05:27:52 PM »
Did you mean Sterling Nano Photon instead of Sterling Nano Fusion? Hope your back in action for rock season.
Gear Exchange / Re: ice gear: ropes, screws, nomics, 0 degree bag
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on February 17, 2017, 05:25:49 PM »
Are you OK?
Gear Exchange / ice gear: ropes, screws, nomics, 0 degree bag
« Last post by nuts on February 17, 2017, 06:55:07 AM »
I'm out for the season, this stuff is just sitting.

I'm not going to post photos, you know what these things look like in excellent condition.

Sterling 7.8 70m fusion nano half/ twin ropes.  Used twice at the Lake.  Essentially new.  $300.

Petzl Nomics.  Excellent condition.  New picks.  $350.

I have 18 screws, will need to keep a few.  All in great shape, varied Petzl and BD.  $35/ each.

Mountain Hardwear Banshee 0 degree, left zip.  $300.

Local pick-up in North Conway for the ropes.  Willing to ship tools and screws.
General Climbing / Re: New guide book coming next spring
« Last post by smartpig on February 16, 2017, 12:09:07 AM »
....and tell me what is wrong with picture (three things in particular!):

General Climbing / Re: New guide book coming next spring
« Last post by smartpig on February 16, 2017, 12:07:21 AM »
I talked to Jon over the weekend and he says he will put a star rating list for Franconia Notch together and we will post it on various climbing sites. With that you could print it out, buy a bunch of colorful star stickers, and stick them in your book!

Beginners Area / Re: ME/NH rock climbing top rope with easy access to set-up anchor
« Last post by md1486 on February 15, 2017, 10:28:54 PM »
I must admit that my comment was confusing. But it was really more about the material needed in NH/ME for thoses spots. Usually where I climb I dont have to secure myself, I only "anchor" myself with my PAS and set up the anchor directly. I'm pretty new in the climbing world (1yr), but I have read a few books (AMGA single pitch manual/Rock climbing anchor by luebben/Freedom of the hill etc.) So I have 1yr of experience but a few theory behind.
Your comments are really helpful though.
When I build an anchor off of trees I only use a cordolette, 3 locking carabiners and 100 ft of 9.5 static with a static strength of 5,700 + lbs. It's simple, redundant, equalized, no extension and quick to set up. It uses minimal gear and in the end way lass expensive. There has not been an instance where I needed anything else. Please I beg you to hire a guide for a day, it will be well worth it. Nobody should get hurt Tope roping !


Thanks ! But of course my question was really for securing myself while setting my TR. Normally to build my anchor I use a Quad made of 7mm static cord. Pretty bombproof.

But the way you stated the question leaves probably a few people concerned. I'll break it down more than I probably should;

Would a Beal Rando 8mm 20m should be long and secure enough to secure myself while setting TR Anchor/ rap down from the top to set up my Anchor ?
Thanks again

#1 In terms of strength a Beal Rando is undoubtedly strong enough to hold your static weight while setting TR's. You weren't really questioning that right?

#2 In terms of length how could we possibly answer other than saying "Yes, as long as you only need 20m".

#3 In terms of "secure enough" well that really depends on how you are using it doesn't it? The attachment to an anchor. Your attachment to the rope. Knot on a bight? Clove-hitch? Friction hitch? ATC? Gri-Gri?

The methods of which someone uses a edge safety line are varied and run the spectrum in terms of "current practice" vs. "what we did 30 years ago"...

So to sum up your question was stated in a way where some might suggest you seek out some instruction. A focused one day course on top-rope building from a qualified guide could very well be a day well spent.

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