Monday, January 7, 2013
Dan throws the climbing rope off of the top of the first pitch of Stairway to Heaven in Provo, Utah while carefully holding the other end. Throwing a rope requires attention to detail because a mistake can be the difference between finishing your climb or needing a rescue. The rope, a climbers most important tool, is used to protect both the ascent and the descent. When it is tossed as is often necessary it can become knotted, snagged, or dropped. A climber on this portion of the climb called "The Apron" can descend in this case by walking off the top but the attention to detail remains the same.
Something similar from way back when....