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 Post subject: Keen to Try Trad
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:30 am 
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Been climbing for a few years now and lead outdoors at about a 19/20 grade.

Looking for someone to show me the ropes trad climbing on some nice easy routes as I am fairly keen to get into it. I have a few climbing buddies who are also keen.

I live in Cape Town and the big beautiful mountain tempts me every day. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Keen to Try Trad
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:16 pm 
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Real Name: Vaughn Cleminson
Have you tried Mcsa Cape Town?


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 Post subject: Re: Keen to Try Trad
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:55 pm 
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Location: Stellenbosch
Real Name: Nic Le Maitre
Buy a nut pick and join the MCSA.

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 Post subject: Re: Keen to Try Trad
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:53 pm 
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Real Name: Jonathan Newman
Also be prepared for plenty of odd sounding remarks that nobody will laugh at because they kind of become normal to everyone. Any variations of remarks on "nut tools", "nut scratchers", lacks of "friends", "nuts placed in cracks", ladies climbing with a "full rack" etc...

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 Post subject: Re: Keen to Try Trad
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Real Name: Frank de Souza
My current inexperienced method.

I started by buying two sets of nuts and couple of slings, after realising monkey fists of verious sizes are a kak idea. I climb sport routes that have placement potential. Clip the bolt and purposely take falls on each of the gear that I placed higher than a bolt. So if the gear rips the bolt below catches. One rope for the bolts the other for the gear. This way I am quickly learning what is a kak placement and what is bomber. Having the two ropes also helps getting used to belaying with two ropes.

I'm a complete beginner at trad so take what I have said for what it is. Advise from a guy with no more experience than you have.

Ps. Get a helmet. Gear that do rip some times come out violently and can leave you with a nasty nut shaped knob on the head. A lesson I had to learn the painful way.


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 Post subject: Re: Keen to Try Trad
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:37 am 
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Real Name: Willem Boshoff
Sent you a PM.


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