/ what torch to dry holds off?
Essentially I'd like the know what doesn't work. Are some torches too powerful that they'll destroy the rock? Any other drying tips appreciated. I did, a-la Macloed, shovel off a massive pile of snow from the top. This will help but I need to accelerate the process.
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To give you a serious answer (might be the only one you get on here tbh) I've used a small catering torch before with success but the cheap 'part' you can get from Maplins to connect to a cigarette lighter didn't work at all well, too puny. If you do get one, be very careful with the type of rock you use it on as they can irreperably damage it.
Or use ice axes, that way it doesn't matter if the rock is wet.
An example from your 'turf' might be instructive Please video it, I'd love to see how it works!
Get, and fill, a 'Yosemite Big Wall Drainpipe PortaPotty'. Drilla couple of airholes at one end (the one you'll be holding - make them about 1/2" diameter, you need to see what's happening in there).
use your zippo to light one end: the gases will make a fine drying blast.
Why not bolt on some resin holds?
I would have thought there is something in the US army manuals from the time of Vietnam about how to torch even bigger areas than a hold?
As for the challenge here, I'm working on 5 FAs in one day on 5 different rock types, so Dolerite's a pretty good answer. A bunch of Wisconsin-ites provided drying techniques surpassing anything here, which (given all of your lore on getting it done it crap conditions) must be more embarrassing than the Yankee grit rampage a few years back. It'll be a shame if it when the media finds out it eclipses all that hard work done by the Wide Boyz, because they were truly impressive.
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