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Basic Aid Climbing Leading Technique - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

The Aid Climbing Rant

Chris Kalous gives us the low down on hard aid climbing. In case you don't get it, it's supposed to be a joke! As in funny! So laugh, and stop taking it so seriously. Freakin aid climbers. Sheesh.
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Aid Climbing leading on steep terrain - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

Minimalist Aid Climbing

A set of aid ladders, 2 fifi hooks and a handful of draws.

No Climbing Shoes.

An aid route was bolted years ago at our local crag for the purposes of running a clinic through a regional gym. After a few clinics, the route was more or less abandoned on the wall. While we may not have intended to do any aiding that day, the minimal gear we had demanded an attempt. Time to put those practice wall sessions to the test, rotten bolts or not.

@gunkclimber is certainly better at it then I am.

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Leaning Tower Aid Fall!!!

This is on the traverse pitch of the Leaning Tower...The fall is at the very end of the video if you want to just see that part. This is my first successful big wall! I will put up a trip report video when I get a chance to edit all the gopro video I took...Enjoy!!!

How to Big Wall Climb - Basic Aid Climbing Technique

In this SuperTopo how to big wall climb article, Chris McNamara shows the basic technique for moving efficiently move up the piece while aid climbing. For more info on aid climbing and big wall gear, check out
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El Cap Tree Epic

I take a whipper leading the El Cap Tree route on aid. I free climb the finish after the fall.

The vid speed is 2x until about the time I fall, then it's in real time.

Move from aid to free climbing on a big wall - How To Big Wall Climb

This video is about move from aid to free

Yosemite, Iron Hawk Part 4

Big wall climb Iron Hawk on El Capitan. Day 2, shows the knife blade traverse from both sides. This is footage for big wall video that was never produced.
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Big Wall Rock Climbing, El Capitan

Big Wall Rock Climbing, El Capitan, Yosemite
Pass the Pitons Pete solo climbs Native Son.

Part 1
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Climbing The Nose

Three rookies climbing The Nose on El Capitan in May 2018. This was our first big wall and we spent 5 days and 4 nights. Our idea was do it in 3 days, so we brought only 30l of water and not to many food. It was really hard, but we had so much fun.

Aid Climbing The Glass Menagerie

Sleeping on the wall at The Glass Menagerie, Looking Glass, North Carolina, USA.

This was a fantastic climb but we had a late start due to getting lost and end up bivy'ing lower than we planned. First aid climb and first time sleeping on the wall.

Most of the aid climbing has been edited out, but if you would like to see a full sequence that a novice like me uses, go to 7:15.

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Hanging on Ledges in Zion.mov

A short film highlighting the finer moments of aid climbing with friends.

Following and jumaring basics for aid climbers - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

AZAZEL - Big wall aid-climbing in Pakistan

Azazel is the story of 4 friends who go to Pakistan to put up a new route on the Trango Pulpit, a 6000m peak. They spent 20 days on the wall and it's a great story of friendship.
Featuring, Yann Mimet, Martial Dumas, Sam Beaugey and Jean-Yves Fredriksen.

Written & directed by Guillaume Broust

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Hazard 8A5

Vysoké Tatry Veža Veľkého Kostola 2-3.3.2013
Aid climbing in High Tatras

Aid Climbing Fall on The Glass Menagerie

I was solo aid climbing The Glass Menagerie in North Carolina when a cam hook popped out of its placement. I was on the second (variation) pitch and I was trying to link up pitches 1 through 4 with a 70m rope. My first unintentional fall on my solo device!

The second time round I did the same move, but placed the cam hook ever so slightly differently, and moved a lot quieter!

I free climbed the first pitch at 5.11a with an aid move past the 5.11d section. Then tagged up the rest of my gear and climbed the second pitch C2+. I linked straight on to the third (fourth for normal GM route) and set the portaledge up just below the roof. It took 23 draws, 17 cams and 8 nuts to link all the pitches.

Carlsbad Cavern - Technical Aid Climbing

Caving Vlog #44
For the New Year's holiday we returned to work in the Guadalupe Room and New Mexico Room sections of Carlsbad Cavern. During the 4-day expedition we completed 3 new technical climbs and left one amazingly well decorated lead. We also added 0.35 miles to the length of the 14th longest cave in the US.

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Cave Videography Gear I Use:
Full-frame Low-Light Camera -
In-Cave Fast Prime Lens (a7iii) -
General Purpose Zoom Lens (a7iii) -
Wide Angle Zoom Lens (a7iii) -
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Soft-Case for Caving (a7iii) -
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APS-C Run and Gun Camera -
In-Cave Prime Lens (a6500) -
General Purpose Zoom Lens (a6500) -
Wide Angle Zoom Lens (a6500) -
Soft-Case for Caving (a6500) -
Hard-Case for Wet Caving (a6500) -

Aid climbing High Standard Rope Access

Aid climbing, abseil rails using, changing a light bulb at The Grosvenor house, London

Following / jumaring steep rock when aid climbing - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

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