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Last moves to the top! "Skyline pinnacle" is certainly one of the longer top ropes at Mission Trails. A 70m will just make it… a great reminder how important stopper knots are :) here Lisa crushing it – summitting after dozens of glorious moves. Go climb a rock folks… its liberating 🌲

Last moves to the top! "Skyline pinnacle" is certainly one of the longer top ropes at Mission Trails. A 70m will just make it... a great reminder how important stopper knots are :) here Lisa crushing it - summitting after dozens of glorious moves. Go climb a rock folks... its liberating 🌲


Cutest climbing team ever. Paul and Emily just met in our class. Both were crushing it on both sides of the rope as a belayer and climber. Emily is 9 years old and one of the most responsible kids we had on our class. She kept up a great communication, flawlessly belayed Paul multiple times and pretty much flew up every climb. Way to go and what a great pleasure to teach and watch.

Cutest climbing team ever. Paul and Emily just met in our class. Both were crushing it on both sides of the rope as a belayer and climber. Emily is 9 years old and one of the most responsible kids we had on our class. She kept up a great communication, flawlessly belayed Paul multiple times and pretty much flew up every climb. Way to go and what a great pleasure to teach and watch.


Yesterdays awesome climbing crew in Big Bear. We were all psyched to see these little ones treating each other so responsible and respectful. Many of them learned how to belay and applied some awesome safety protocols…. yes! They are hooked thanks @briahnna_music for being the best supporter we could have asked for. Go team Chillino.

Yesterdays awesome climbing crew in Big Bear. We were all  psyched to see these little ones treating each other so responsible and respectful. Many of them learned how to belay and applied some awesome safety protocols.... yes! They are hooked  thanks @briahnna_music for being the best supporter we could have asked for. Go team Chillino.


Great weekend out on our local rocks. These high school grad kids were working it hard and learned some useful crack climbing techniques. Stick your hand in – thumb down and up. It was easier said than done. Our smooth Mission Gorge granite certainly helped with pain management. Good job guys

Great weekend out on our local rocks. These high school grad kids were working it hard and learned some useful crack climbing techniques. Stick your hand in - thumb down and up. It was easier said than done. Our smooth Mission Gorge granite certainly helped with pain management. Good job guys


More beach climbing please… summer is hot and sometimes it gets tricky to find the right spot. We seemed to have found the right one here. Blue skies blue seas, solid rock and the best adventure buddy you can ask for @briahnna_music

More beach climbing please... summer is hot and sometimes it gets tricky to find the right spot. We seemed to have found the right one here. Blue skies blue seas, solid rock and the best adventure buddy you can ask for @briahnna_music


More rock scrambling in Cabo. This never gets old. Feeling the rock and the ocean's power at the same time creates such a blissful moment. We could not have asked for better times… we kept going and going until we ran out of rock.

More rock scrambling in Cabo. This never gets old. Feeling the rock and the ocean's power at the same time creates such a blissful moment. We could not have asked for better times... we kept going and going until we ran out of rock.


Top rope climbing San Diego

Top Rope climbing San Diego.

Top rope climbing San Diego. TR is the most basic form of roped climbing. TR indicates that there is always an anchor above the climber. The rope runs through the anchor at the top of the climb and thus provides maximum safety for the climber. When using a TR it is the belayer’s responsibility to maintain light tension on the climber at all times. Tension guarantees that a slipping or resting climber will be stopped right where the slip happens or rest gets initiated – without falling. In order to safely use a TR setup (as often used in rock gyms) there are two skills required. 1. Tying a figure 8 knot follow through. 2. Belaying.

Top rope climbing San Diego

Typical TR climbing scenarios. Belayer is on the ground making sure that climber has tension on the rope. Anchor point is above the climber at all times.

Top rope climbing San Diego

Tying a figure eight not follow through. This is a very basic skill in top rope rock climbing San Diego. The figure eight knot follow through is the most common used knot for attaching the climber to the rope. It is fairly simple to tie, holds a heavy load and is easy to visually inspect when tied correctly.

Figure 8 knot

Complete figure 8 follow through knot. Tied through both tie in loops of the harness. Rope creates a tight loop through both tie in points (no larger than a fist). Knot itself is well dressed and nowhere crossed. The tail end of the knot is at least 2 hand widths long and no longer than 4 hand widths – the perfect figure 8 knot!

There are three criteria that make up a nice and neat knot – useful for top rope climbing San Diego

• The actual knot shall be dressed and tightened (no crossing of individual strands)
• The loop between knot and both tie in points of the harness shall be no larger than a fist.
• The tail end exiting the figure eight knot shall be no shorter than two stacked fists and no longer than four fists.

It is quite a challenge to tie a figure eight knot follow through that lives up to the above mentioned 3 criteria. Here are three tips that help you to get better at tying nice and neat figure 8 follow through knots:

1. Be quick with adjusting the tail end of your first single figure 8 knot. Eventually you can adjust the length (shorter or longer) even after having fiddled the tail end through both tie in points. Once you get good at adjusting the length, you will create tight loops (smaller than a fist) and tail ends between 2 and 4 fist length
2. Push the rope aside and follow the tight side of the rope (see pictures)
3. Loosely follow the entire knot before tightening each of the 4 individual strands at the very end

Finger pointing at wide spot

Find the tight spot to follow

Follow along the tight spot

 

Keep loosely following the initial 8 before tightening

 

Pull on each of the 4 strands individually in order to tighten the figure eight knot