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.
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.)
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?