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Old 07-01-2011, 08:35 PM   #31
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Most of my caving is horizontal; I'm not a pit bouncer who does vertical for sport, but only when necessary during survey work. Most caves in our area do not have deep pits (I can think of only a handful of hundred footers), but often have 'nuisance drops' of 50' or less. Therefore, my vertical gear is quite basic; a frog system for ascending (see ORGT Caving - Instructions for using the Frog system) and a couple different sized racks and figure eights for descents. My wife also is a caver (but currently inactive because of health issues); we first met at a caving event and got married at the bottom of a 100'+ drop in a cave - you could say we had a 'Nylon Aisleway'. See https://picasaweb.google.com/crshortt/GrapevinePitLostWorldCavernsWV#5192250764769128146 for the top of the drop and http://jschumacher.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c339953ef0120a5eb9b38970b-800wi for a view looking up from the bottom.
Heh. Getting married in a cave is fairly class. I haven't heard of that one before.

No, almost all of my caving was horizontal stuff but when I was doing the Cave Rescue stuff I think that led into the vertical stuff. There are relatively few vertical caves in Ireland, but in Yorkshire there are loads. More or less everything I did out there was vertical.

The Frog thing was what people use out there too. I normally only used one leg though, the other one was free for fending off stuff.
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What kind of stuff do you fend? Critters?
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:52 PM   #33
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I think he means pit/cave walls, cliff faces and the like. With one foot free, you can push yourself away from such obstacle that otherwise might impede upward progress on the rope. I prefer to use a single loop for both feet, it is very easy to take one foot out whilst leaving the other one in to continue climbing.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:50 AM   #34
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Sorry, yes. That's what I mean.
Walls and such.

And Dracula. Obviously. He come's in, boozed up, after a night out on the town and he can't keep his fangs to himself.
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