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Raven Crag Gully, then and now
© Colin Wells
Route: Raven Crag Gully
Climbers: Colin Wells
Camera used: Olympus XA-2 & Canon Ixus
Same route, same climber, different gear 15 years apart.
1991: Koflach Ultras, Camp Crampons, Barracuda & Chacal, Helenca Britches, Cassin helmet, Murray Hamilton 'sac and ME Cotton windproof.
2006:Scarpa Phantom Lites, Grivel Airtechs, DMM Flys, Goretex Salopettes, BD Half Dome, POD 'sac and North Face softshell jacket.
Route seems consistent, even if the climber isn't!
Colin Wells - 19/Feb/09
Er, no I haven't!
1991: old-fashioned style heavy Hex
2006: nice 'n light Rockcentric!
Looking back at these pics I now realsie why I have always remained poor - it's all gone on kit. Damn you, you seductive equipment manufacturers!
Colin Wells - 20/Feb/09
Same rope (plus 1) though?
Alejandro - 20/Feb/09
Haha, I like the implication I'm such a spendthrift on other gear that I couldn't afford to retire the rope in a decade and a half.
1991: 1x Beal 9 mm
2006: 2x Beal 8.1 mm
- That's reminded me how it used to be quite common to habitually climb on a single rope in winter mainly in order to save weight on the walk-ins - until we got avalanched one year. This caused my partner to fall a full rope-length back down the cliff. The force melted the rope at the tie-in loops on my harness (ooh, that's another thing that's changed that you can't see - 1991: Whillans harness; 2006: Black Diamond Bod). I couldn't get the knot undone as it had kind of welded itself. When I finally got the thing undone the next day there were just a couple of strands of inner core left - a narrow escape. Ever since then have thought it prudent to use two ropes!
Colin Wells - 21/Feb/09
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Call it what ever you want, it's still a big hex!
estivoautumnal - 27/Dec/10