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By Mark Hudon
Feb 5, 2014
On the North America Wall in 1977.

I have a Metolius Double, this is how I do it. It usually takes me about ten minutes.

Get the ledge hanging from the bolt you'll be sleeping on. Tie your rope over there with a good sized loop, attach yourself to the loop via your Gri-gri and lower down so the the long side poles are at about your shins. Make sure the ledge hanging straps are fully lengthened.
Get the log side poles together and get the ledge nice and organized. I call this the "canoe" position. Get the straps all straight and the end poles folded nicely into the bed material between the two log poles. Make sure the bed tightening straps are fully loosened and that the bed is fairly centered on the long poles.
I have a 1/2" webbing loop girth hitched to the center of the outside pole next to the ledge harness strap. In fact, I've duct taped it there permanently. Clip a biner into the hero loop and reach up and clip it into the same spot the whole ledge is hanging from, high enough so that the whole ledge is now laying flat against the wall, hanging completely from the outside pole. This will keep it out of the wind and will also allow you to swing back and forth and set the end poles.
Swing to one end and set the end pole, snug up the bed straps a little bit. Swing over to the other end and do the same. Swing to the middle, Grab the spreader bar and put one end into the wall side pole, get your toe alongside it, cup its outside end in your hand, give the wall side pole a little bounce with your foot and pop the spreader bar into the air side pole at the same time.
Your ledge should now be assembled, still hanging flat against the wall. Unclip the hero loop, drop the ledge down flat, crawl into it and tighten up the bed straps. After that, tighten up the hanging straps and then position it up and down, using the Yates adjustable daisy you have connected to the main ledge tie in point. I like to have the ledge about 12 to 8 inches below the bottom of the haul bags so that I can comfortably stand on the ledge to get into my bags. I tie a little sling from the end the bags are on (better to have them overhanging your feet rather than your head) to another part of the anchor so that it doesn't swing out when I'm standing on that end.

When you disassemble the ledge, lengthen the ledge harness straps, loosen the bed straps and all the rest in reverse order. Don't forget that if you stuff the ledge into its haul sack nice and neat and organized, it will come out of the haul sack, at the end of the day, when you're beat and tired and maybe in the dark or rain, all nice and neat and organized, making it far easier to set up.

There ya go. Make sure you practice this, actually hanging, half a dozen times at your local climbing gym.


A Ledge Bed Tightening tip. <br />Use a biner as a handle to save more a bit of pain on your already beat up hands.
A Ledge Bed Tightening tip.
Use a biner as a handle to save more a bit of pain on your already beat up hands.


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By Rob Dillon
Feb 5, 2014

NIce!


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By Brent Butcher
Feb 8, 2014
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I have the BD cabana portaledge and I would recommend before going out on a big wall to sleep in it a few days prior. I feel like the material shrinks a little bit but if it is recently slept in, connecting all the pieces feels easier.


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By Mark Hudon
Feb 8, 2014
On the North America Wall in 1977.

My ledge bed is pretty stretched out now and I barely have to apply any pressure to snap the spreader bar in.


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