northcave wrote:I have never used pegs or pitons but it seems like a good idea to get a couple as i am climbing harder routes and protection becomes a little more seldom.
Can anyone give me a nice concise guide? I.e. do they tend to be re-usable nowadays? How do you get the buggers out afterwards and i assume you're just whacking em in with the hammer on your axe?
Any advice on type, placing, removing etc appreciated
MoapaPk wrote:Slight thread hijack...
In very obscure areas of Red Rock, NV, I've found pitons used as rappel anchors. Some folks tell me they will never rappel off pitons. But I talked to the guy who placed one, and he told me that he was sure it was really stable. That one piton has probably been used for more than 50 rappels (only about 70 feet). It doesn't seem to have moved.
1000Pks wrote:Leading takes some skill and experience, if you have no one to tell you anything, probably best not to try it.
MoapaPk wrote:1000Pks wrote:Leading takes some skill and experience, if you have no one to tell you anything, probably best not to try it.
I've gone off this particular piton as the third person in a group; the leader had checked out the anchor beforehand, but I'm not sure what he did. Nothing metallic to tap it with except what was on my harness-- no piton hammer e.g. This crack is very tight, but gets snow freezing and thawing over it throughout the winter. Most piton placements in RR are in places that drain well.
Next "good" anchor is a pinyon at least 30 feet away.
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