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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.

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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Holtanna - big wall aid climbing and base jumping in Antarctica

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In November 2009, four adventurers (Sam Beaugey, Manu Pellissier, Seb Collomb-Gros and Géraldine Fasnacht) decided to try something never done before: an expedition through Antarctica, this wild frozen land, in order to do all kind of mountain sports: skiing, aid climbing, snow kiting, paragliding and base jumping...


Music cue sheet :
00:10 - Black Era Shielded
02:50 - Roger Subirana Point of no return
05:45 - Tryad Beauty
13:03 - Alexander Blu Emptiness

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01:24 - Dziahn Wai Dubber
07:02 - eKoman Project echo
09:30 - eKoman The Time
12:28 - eKoman Shake that body
13:30 - eKoman Kite glide

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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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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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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.

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.
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Aid like you are free 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.
How to Big Wall Climb is the first step-by-step aid climbing guide that takes you from your first step in an aider to the summit of El Capitan. Like anything worthwhile, big wall climbing requires hard work. That being said, it is not that difficult to get to the top of Yosemite's El Capitan. To scale El Cap you only have to free climb 5.9 and know very basic aid climbing skills. The daunting challenge is to put those skills together efficiently, a trick most climbers never master. That is where this book comes in. It's the first How To Big Wall book specifically organized and clearly designed to address the process of building big wall skills, step by step. Author Chris McNamara has climbed El Cap more than 70 times and has set several speed records on it. He has climbed more than 100 big walls, is a noted wingsuit BASE jumper and is the founder/CEO of SuperTopo, publisher of highly-regarded climbing guides for areas ranging from Alaska to Red Rocks with special attention to Yosemite. If you are a good climber psyched to do El Cap or a similar bad ass big wall, you can probably do it. Read a new chapter in this book each week and follow instructions..

Aid climbing Rope Access Pehlivanov

Aid climbing Rope Access Pehlivanov, light bulb changing London
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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.

Guide:

Big Wall Rock Climbing, El Capitan

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

Part 1

Acrophobia, Devil's Tower (A2)

We climbed the first pitch of Acrophobia on Devil's Tower. An old aid line first put up by Steve Gardiner and Mark Brackin in 1980.
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Hazard 8A5

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

Following traversing terrain 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.)

Bounce Testing on lead While 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.

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!!!

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