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Just Hanging Out... Camping... No Big Deal [Pic]

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Hits: 11146 | Favorites: 2 | Emailed: 1 | Rating: 3.3 | Category: Travel | Date: 05/10/2013
 
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PopCap
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 711 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 8:24:52 PM
It's possible that this is just a practice run for a larger expedition. People who engage in these activities don`t blindly trust untested equipment. They will have the equivalent of a college degree in rock face survival before a real world excursion.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:17:18 AM
@ Madduck: From what I saw online, here's the deal:

Climbers prefer to sleep on ledges when possible. But on multi-day climbs, sometimes it`s necessary to overnight while ascending some huge wall. It used to be that the climbers would use hammocks. But the hammocks were really uncomfortable--half of you was being crushed against the cliff face all night. So some climbers started "borrowing" aluminum cot frames from base camps and jury-rigging the bedframe against the cliff face at night. Lowe noticed this and introduced a commercial product called the "Portaledge," which is what you see here: Basically a collapsible aluminum bed frame with a fly that fits over it to keep out the wind and rain.

The whole thing works pretty well, provided the climbers find a spot that`s sheltered from falling ice and rocks. (You can see the climbers in this photo have set up their Portaledges beneath a slight overhang for just this reason.)

madduck
Female, 50-59, Europe
 6731 Posts
Saturday, May 11, 2013 11:20:32 AM
i always wanted to know more about this- how far up are they, could that climb not be done in one hit etc.... I cannot see the benefit of this unless they routinely could not manage it in one go?

tommy2X4
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3428 Posts
Saturday, May 11, 2013 9:31:21 AM
Because "grounder's" are so passe.

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 4307 Posts
Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:50:19 AM
I've seen photos of this before. I`m astonished every time!

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