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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.

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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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.

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.
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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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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.

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.
1999

WINGS OF WARREN A4 Whitney Portal

Aid Climbing

Removing Copperheads

Far too many copperheads on aid routes in Yosemite are placed in legitimate cam or nut cracks. These heads steal the adventure of placing your own gear on these routes. What challenge is there to clipping fixed gear? It's certainly not the reason I go up there.
This vid shows how to remove heads using butter knives made from common hardware store chisels.
Contact me via mark.hudon-at-gmail.com if you want to buy as set of butter knives.
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Reticent Wall – Trailer

One of the world’s most respected alpinists, Slovenian Tomaz Humar solo climbing one of the hardest technical routes in the world, Reticent Wall (A5) on El Capitan at Yosemite.

The Jury at the 2001 Trento Film Festival commented:

‘Tomaz Humar exemplifies the leading edge of today’s alpinism. The film shows both a perspective of super alpinism and difficult technical rock climbing.To solve the most difficult and dangerous aid route on A5 Reticent Wall, on El Cap shows a tenacity and diversity most climbers only aspire to.'

This was the infamous Solvenian's first encounter with granite big-walling, and he became the first non-American to conquer the Reticent Wall. In doing so he faced some adversity, the majority, according to Humar, from local climbers...
'Another problem I encountered was with the local climbers: no one wanted to help me in any way whatsoever, perhaps because I was there for the first time and nevertheless wanted to climb the route solo. They didn't give me any useful information about the route, perhaps because they didn't think I would succeed. I'm proud of the fact that I'm the first European to repeat this route and I must thank the Canadians who, having climbed the route prior to me, were the only ones who gave me precise info about the route.'

Humar was unfailing controversial, and this film of his ascent adds to the history, or mythology surrounding this extremely talented alpinist.

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Hanging on Ledges in Zion.mov

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

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

This video is about move from aid to free

Hazard 8A5

Vysoké Tatry Veža Veľkého Kostola 2-3.3.2013
Aid climbing in High Tatras
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Yosemite, Iron Hawk Part 2

Big wall climb Iron Hawk on El Capitan. Shows finish of roof pitch and cleaning of roof. Guest appearance by Pass the Pitons Pete.
This is footage for big wall video that was never produced. 1999

How to cam hook 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.

Aiding Pucker Power A3 - Riverside Quarry

Aid climbing the second pitch of Pucker Power A3 at Riverside Quarry. Very short, 4-5 moves max once you hit the actual wall after an easy slab traverse. Not the most inspiring pro though and rotten rock.

(Free traverse, 1/4 button head, wire hanger on rivet, arrow, fixed RURP, Tomahawk, Hook, Hook, Free move, the monkeys are sending.)

This Is What Happens When You Take A Skier Aid Climbing | Climbing Daily Ep.731

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On our third and final day from the Arc'teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix we meet up with Arc'teryx skier Patrick Vuagnat. Patrick doesn't have much experience when it comes to climbing so we are taking him on a crash course on how to aid climb...

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This Is What Happens When You Take A Skier Aid Climbing | Climbing Daily Ep.731


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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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