Is he clipped into anything? Extreme!! Nice shot.
thanks for your comment.
no, we were not roped-up on the traverse of those "clavijas" I guess the hairy part was for around 20 horizontal feet between ledges.
It was well exposed but if those steps were 2 feet off the gound, your granny wouldn't worry about crossing them.
"no, we were not roped-up on the traverse of those "clavijas" "
nice pic tho!
thanks rpc, its a wonder there was no camera shake from my mate Ken, as he was next across.
where is that thing?
this is on a 'trail' in the Ordessa Gorge in the Spanish Pyrenees. Their local term "clavijas" covers a multitude of aid point types but mainly stainless steel rods drilled into the rock and stainless steel chains linking these at risky sections. A little bit like Via Ferrata, although I've never seen any steel ladders in Spain yet.
Hi d_shorb, your image of Brent prussicking on El Cap looked far more scary.
Gives the exact feeling you get when crossing the Clavijas de Cotatuero. If anyone wants a wider look at the spot, here you can find an old scanned slide of mine.
Thanks Enrique, and for the reminder of the name of the clavijas. I remember now we were heading up into the high valley below the Tres Soares (hope my spelling is OK). We came back down beside the Tozal de Mallo.
What a crazy thing... I will go to Spain on nov 13th... you gave me an great idea hehehe
have a good trip Christian and be careful on those Clavijas!!
If this chain goes across the whole 20 feet, I think it's possible to make a loop of webbing over and around the chain and attach the webbing to yourself. Otherwise, I would be looking for a clean pair of pants for myself.
Is that a smile on your face?
yes the chain was spanning the whole pitch so we could have used via ferrata belaying devices but we didn't have any with us at the time as we were only going for a walk!!!
Oh sorry Marc, forgot to mention about the smile, it was one of those slightly nervous type moments when bravado influences you to try and laugh in the face of the subjective danger!
Me, I'd have a smile as broad as a banana - that's what apes do when they're scared sh**less!