/ Craziest Running Belays
There's the apocryphal tin cup hammered into a crack on alpine routes, although seems likely and possibly bomber!
Here you go - read the comments: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=139727
A friend arrived at the base of a squeeze chimney to discover the leader had removed and clipped his helmet that had got wedged in a constriction.
I've slung a few pebbles which wouldn't be thought of as unusual 30 years before.
I think there is a tap on one of the abseils at Swanage.
Door handle on Braille Trail.
A bike crank was once the insitu gear on Cameo at Wilton many moons ago
There used to be a big wrought iron door hinge on Papillon Arrete above Cham
Steel flask in the wide crack in a VS on the upper tier of Idwal (Holly Tree Wall on Continuation Wall?) meant I could change from my plastics into rock boots. I think I was trying to show of my 'hard man' skills to my then girlfriend, now wife of 18 years. I think she saw through my bluff!
I came across Keith Moon once halfway up a crag and used him as a belay.
It wasn't a runner though.
There's a tap on a route at Toix.
> It wasn't a runner though.
It was a good runner before my Springer caught it!
Remember this: http://www.supertopo.com/inc/photo_view.php?dpid=MjM8Pjs2ISgr
Another car jack protected route is Jack Yer Body at Logan Rock, a huge cam is probably a better bet these days. The route is effing nails.
Not a runner as such, but I remember reading that an attempt at an early repeat of Loose Women at Blackchurch resulted in someone abbing off of their mate's ankles!
Haha, just beat me to it!
Not forgetting the Lancaster propeller in Fuselage Gully, Liathach(?)
> Remember this: http://www.supertopo.com/inc/photo_view.php?dpid=MjM8Pjs2ISgr
Classic pic, classic climb and classic mag Jon. I actually had this edition.
It's not a runner but I seem to remember threading to rope through a rabbit hole to belay at the top of Exorcist on Lundy.
Ah Wink, so long ago now... sitting on a belay on Goat Crag, Borrowdale, maybe Blaspheming Butterfly... another team below me out of sight... I see the leader's hands grope over the bulge below me... and I know immediately who they belong to even before his beaming happy face follows them! Happy days!
Stating the ob I know but has anyone mentioned the piece of angle on one of the embankment routes at Millstone?
> I came across Keith Moon once...
Poor Keith. I hope you wiped it off.
I have used an archaelogist's trowel (pl;us a prayer) on the grassy pitch on the south face of the old man of hoy. (Still there as far as I know - pitch 4 :)
The anthill belays at the top of Screda Point were always quite odd, and tales of their use used to annoy a local Ranger I used to know.
Perhaps more solid than the stakes that were there at the time though...
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