Andy Laakmann wrote:
So I was recently exposed to the following aid rig/movement pattern and tried it in the gym. This came from Hans Florine, so it is tested (at least on 3500 ft of C1 in 2 hours and 38 minutes!) Holy crap! It is fast, simple, and also has the bonus benefit of eliminating the "daisy fall". I'm posting it here to ask the peanut gallery two questions... 1) WTF am I missing... is this as good as it seems and 2) Why have I never read about this before? Requires: * Two ladders * One adjustable daisy * One quickdraw (or short loop, girth hitched) at the waist. Starting from the ground: * Place piece * Clip ladder to piece * Clip adjustable daisy to ladder * Climb up ladder until piece is at your waist (optionally tightening daisy if desire) * Clip quickdraw into piece, hang on that sucker * Top step as desired * Place high new piece * Clip other ladder to new piece * Clip adjustable daisy (now available, since you are hanging on the draw) to high ladder * Test piece as desired. If it blows, you won't lose the ladder since it is connected by the adjustable daisy. And odds are you are still clipped into the last piece with your waist quickdraw, so you aren't taking a fall. * Transition to new piece+ladder - unclipping your waist quickdraw if you haven't already. * Retrieve old ladder, clip rope in behind you (if you haven't already) * Continue So, WTF am I missing.... seems ideal? No daisy tangle, no daisy fall risk, FAST, stress free top stepping without the fifi, if piece blows you won't lose the ladders. Yes there is a chance you could drop a ladder - so just have a spare metolius pocket ladder on your harness.