/ Aid Climbing
I'm really looking for advice about the 'whackables' i.e. pegs, skyhooks, etc, what size and how many to get?
This is just to get the basics down and not a full rack, although if anyone could give me an idea as to what a full rack consists of, I'll not shun their advice.
(And before anyone looks at my profile and sees I'm from Northumberland, I'm not going to do any of this ANYWHERE NEAR THE SANDSTONE/ANY ESTABLISHED CRAG so please don't start, I'm not daft and I'm aware of the ethics within the county).
Thanks in advance,
That should be enough to get you started.
There are at least half a dozen methods varying from using 1 to 4 sets of aiders and either fixed or adjustable fifi hooks.
This is one area where buying a book or referring to in depth online articles is probably better than relying on forum posts. The US sites, supertopo etc. are your best bet but IIRC Planetfear had a good multi-part article on aid climbing. Also it is worth a look at Andy Kirkpatricks website, psychovertical.com if he ever gets it back up and running again.
Cheers for the websites (as well as the other advice), I'll have a look.
Worth reading supertopo and watching all the video's too - you can learn everything you need: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/forum_articles.php
Super topo is seconded. This should be your main source.
Mix it with Andy Ks articles on his website and your pretty much sorted.
You'll probably find this book interesting:
It covers a lot of aid techniques, methods, gear etc. which is relevant on a big wall or on short routes.
Andy Kirkpatrick's website is great for aid info, has a whole section of writings on it:
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