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Silly protection on Red Wall (E2 5B)
© Kafoozalem, Aug 2009
Route: Red Wall (E2 5b)
Camera used: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 70
5*VOTING: number of votes 7
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Yeah we know you are supposed to use screwgates on belays but would it make any difference?
Kafoozalem - 29/Sep/09
Yikes! I take no-one fell on that Pete?
Phil79 - 29/Sep/09
there are about 6 other poor pegs tho, and all clipped together isnt that bad, i'm not too sure if your right picture is a bosh or not, have you actually clipped a piece of rock, wouldnt the leverage break it??? whats wrong with threading a sling.
centurion05 - 29/Sep/09
Yeah Centurian it would be daft to clip the fragile rock direct with a krab and think it would be realistic protection -- we were getting hysterical though. I don't recall 6 pegs -- I think a headless one was clove hitched. Sue reckons the most important part of the belay was digging her heels in :-) No-one fell on the belay but I was a whisker away -- I don't do fragile and pumpy climbing very well.
Kafoozalem - 29/Sep/09
there is a good spike you can sling for the belay - infact it is only the spike that makes it a belay!
Rory Shaw - 21/Jan/10
I think this belay is now dangerous - there is only one peg that looks like it might possibly hold. A bit higher up, outside the photo, there is a ring peg where the ring is no longer attached to the peg as is just free hanging on the stub! There is indeed a spike a bit higher up, but would you trust it? Better to skip the belay and carry on to the top, which is what we did.
Misha - 29/Sep/10
Worth a 5* for the memories it re-calls.
jim jones - 20/Jul/12
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