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Additional Information Image Type(s): Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Alpine Climbing, Aid Climbing


Been thinking about this brilliant ;) idea for an album for a while. Today's thread on Supertopo Forum kind of solidified my determination to undertake this momentous effort.

So here it is - show SP the shittiest piece (fixed or placed by you) you had to rely on while, aid, ice, rock....whatever tickle your fancy. Ideally it's stuff you actually relied on & not shit you saw on a nearby route.


Also, look at this beautiful online catalog (awesome!!):



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ramram - Nov 16, 2007 7:16 pm - Hasn't voted

My mank

Just looked at you posting of the East Butt of Middle Cathedral and it brought back some memories from when I climbed it ten or fifteen years ago. From that posting I ended up here. One of the most vivid memories of that climb was getting off route, chewing up practically all of my gear and , in (stupid) desperation setting up a hanging belay on one big nut. When my partner got to me I said, "Don't look. Don't ask any questions. Just take the rack and go find a nice spot to belay from." Unfortunately, no pictures were taken. Thank goodness for Yosemite cracks and granite!


rpc - Nov 26, 2007 1:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: My mank

sounds like a fun (after the fact) adventure eh? Thanks for visiting.


AJones - Nov 23, 2007 1:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Good idea

I'm going to keep this in mind on future climbs - I've used some pretty funky looking gear.


rpc - Nov 26, 2007 1:18 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good idea

THanks AJones - yeah, I'd guess you too must've seen your share of crap pro on routes :)

Nigel Lewis

Nigel Lewis - May 2, 2008 8:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Gear just wasn't there!

Not about gear, more about the lack of it.
Imagine the look of suprise on Lisa's face when she topped out of a sea cliff route she seconded at Pembrokeshire in Wales! The best belay I could come up with was walking back across the field about 10 metres and sitting down. Luckily I'm heavier than her, even luckier, she didn't fall!!



rpc - May 2, 2008 9:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Gear just wasn't there!

you could always post a photo of your feet dug into the said field Nigel :)
thanks for visiting!


Marcsoltan - Oct 15, 2008 4:23 pm - Voted 10/10

Love this album.

Being an old timer, I have seen more mank than I could possibly remember. I just wish I had a camera, and thought of taking photos of them. Cameras were very large and heavy and they would get in the way of climbing. Digital cameras are heaven sent for climbers.
Very creative album.


rpc - Oct 15, 2008 4:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Love this album.

Thanks Marc. I'm thinking about re-naming the album as I kind of think "Mank" sounds negative. I had two gentlemen mention (not unkindly) that the stuff they placed during their FA back in circa 1940s-50s & I found and included here was the best that they could afford at the time. I'll probably modify to "interesting gear placements" or something.


Marcsoltan - Oct 15, 2008 10:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Sounds like

a good idea. But, those gentlemen shouldn't have been offended.
I have climbed walls in Yosemite that have nothing but "mank".
I was happy to have mank, mank or not. One time two of us ended up rapping off of a single "Chiounard Arrow" piton, without which we would have been in deep trouble, or still up there.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Mar 29, 2009 5:56 pm - Voted 10/10


What a brilliant idea - MANK! I used to rappel off 1-inch webbing after jamming the knots in cracks -- I hated to leave hardware behind. Wish now I had taken photos of those rappel anchors.


rpc - Mar 30, 2009 12:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Brilliant

thank you very much - if you DO happen to find a shot or two of the junk you've seen out there, be sure & post up here.


SteveMarr - Sep 9, 2009 6:39 pm - Voted 10/10

Great Collection

This album truly makes you appreciate solid pro in solid rock! Classic pictures...


rpc - Sep 9, 2009 7:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Collection

thanks Steve & glad you like it :)

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