Just a quick post. Me and Chris were intending to head to Cheddar for a few sport routes. However, the weather was against us and the crags were piss wet! So instead, we came to the conclusion that we need to develop some Aid climbing techniques. Armed with a full rack of trad gear, a single sky hook, etires made from quickdraws and slings and a nut key, we started up a 6b sport route.
We managed to aid to the first bolt, and then the wall went blank. No micro wire could be placed as the crack was too small. Deploy the sky hook! it worked, but now we need another... what have we got that is sky hook shaped in our rack?
Answer: A nut key! And amazingly, it worked better than the sky hook, as the sky hook ripped but the nut key held! But that too still wasn't enough to stop chris taking a rather impressive fall when a piece of gear he weighted ripped.
So here's to learning how to aid climb properly, with proper aid gear...