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Deuce

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New Members--please introduce yourself here
« on: September 06, 2019, 04:58:25 AM »
Thanks for coming to the new BigWalls forum.  Please tell us where you are from, and what you are interested in (tips, techniques, trip reports, stories, photos, etc.).  I plan to put a lot of info about big walls of the world on this forum as reference, as well as big wall climbing gear info.  THANKS!

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2019, 05:15:40 AM »
Hey there!
Usually reside on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia. Well my home is there. Always on the road for work. I'm interested in allllll the information I hope gets posted here. I have done a few walls.. none of them 'big' but I'm working up to it as and when I can. Really looking forward to what happens with this forum.
All the best to you all.
Stay safe and Climb on!! 🤘🤘🤘

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2019, 07:06:59 AM »
Alex here, 51, I live in San Diego.

Interest in trade routes in Yosemite.

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2019, 09:21:57 PM »
Max, from Truckee CA.  Love that El Cap!

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2019, 05:54:24 PM »
Sam, currently residing in Tucson AZ.  I do a lot of rope solo climbing around Mount Lemmon, but have yet to climb my first big wall.  I aspire to eventually solo a route on El Cap.  Currently, I'm in the phase of assembling gear, working on systems, and improving my skills in crack climbing.

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019, 06:11:22 AM »
Hi, my name is Ornulf. I am from Norway but live in the US. I have always been drawn to the walls when it comes to climbing and have a few nice ones behind me with the Troll Wall and El Cap being the two I loved the most. Thanks for the Forums John and your tech and knowledge you share.

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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2019, 09:26:09 AM »
Max, from Truckee CA.  Love that El Cap!

You've got a pretty sweet name, Max

-Max, from SF

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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2019, 11:32:31 AM »
Hola Deuce

New member, old climber.

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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2019, 12:33:24 PM »
I am interested in trip reports, stories, photos and climbing gear info.

Get yourself one of my hammers, a DAMMERR.
« Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 01:54:11 PM by daniel banquo merrick »

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Re: New Members--please introduce yourself here
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2019, 03:58:40 PM »
Great, thanks for checking in here!  Please feel free to start some threads!

Just deleted my FB account, needed a break--the BigWalls Forum that Munge I set up there has been great fun and positive energy, but some of the best stuff just gets lost in the infinite scroll with no way to search.

Hoping folks can help transfer some collective big wall knowledge onto this forum!  I have a few things I will be posting in the coming months and years as I organise them on my computer.

Thanks and cheers!

Ps, also let me know any issues with forum, I can tweak anyway we like, file attachment size, etc. This site resides on a secure AWS EC2 I am still configuring settings, etc.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2019, 06:09:28 PM »
Hello all!

My name is Gavin Bailey and I am currently living my fourth year of seasonal life having my Spring, Summer, Fall in Yosemite working at the Hetch Hetchy area of the park and spending my Winter seasons in Reno, NV.

I love hearing and talking about all things climbing and look forward to the things that I will learn from this Forum.

Keep the Stoke High,

Gav

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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2019, 02:36:13 PM »
Hello. I am a new climber, just started climbing 20 months ago and recently started to do trad climbing. Climbed a 380m trad route last month and I am looking forward to bigger walls in the future! I am 42 years old and live om Norway. Feel a bit pressure to get more skills in a hurry because I am getting older so I climb many hours most days of the week and it is giving me the progress I wanted. Looking forward to reading in this forum and learn from people with skills and knowledge  :)

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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2019, 09:03:47 AM »
Hello! Johnny here...

Originally from Finland but now in Minnesota. Lived in the US for about 15 years now. Started climbing in the early 90's but I've had a long break (16 years?). Only got back into leading trad this year but eager to get cracking again. Thankfully, it seems like it is like riding a bike... ;) Most familiar with ice, alpine, and trad rock... in that order. Looking to fulfill my dream of Big Wall Climbing. My favorite climbing partner is my 15 year old daughter Nina. Nina and I went for an awesome trad road trip this summer to the Black Hills, Vedauwoo, and Rocky Mountain National Park. We are hoping to do out first big wall, Moonlight Buttress, sometime in the near future. Looking for guidance to make sure we are well prepared in every way before we head out. :)

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« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2019, 10:24:26 AM »
I'm Barry Ward, the dude that makes the ledges. I work with John Middendorf building his D4 Portaledge designs. My shop is Durango Sewing Solutions.
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2019, 03:35:46 PM »
Greetings et al,

My real name is Daniel. I stopped climbing in the late 90s and was mostly and plastic climber. I returned to climbing in March 2019 at the tender young age of 49 and have been fairly consistent in climbing 3-5 days a week since. I started TRAD in June. I'm currently comfortable at a 5.8 TRAD lead.
My goal is to hit big walls and take my daughter up. I started her climbing at age 3, she's 24 now. The question is when I will do this. My plan is to hit valley X amount of times before dragging my girl up the wall. When I actually get on the big stuff is unknown at this point. I have a loose target for May 2020.
I'm hoping to be at least at the 5.9 TRAD level by then and will certainly have practiced heavily all the stuff I need for big wall e.g. aid, hauling, bivvy, multitude of logistics, etc.

Got my haul bag in the mail today. Bomb shelter arrives Wednesday. I still need some aid gear, traxion, static lines, swivels, and misc... Got a bunch of other stuff already. My rack is really close in terms of active and passive gear; some holes to fill for sure but close...

I thank all of you in advance that contribute.

-Daniel

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« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2019, 07:38:09 PM »
Hi all,

My name is Jason and I have recently started my climbing career back up after a long hiatus.  Started back around 94', mostly outdoors and trad. Always found aid climbing interesting and have been practicing systems and also have plans for some aiding up at Cathedral Ledge this fall.  Big goal is rope soloing Zodiac in the next five years.  Though I am a high school teacher so the easiest time also lines up with what seems the worst to be in the valley. Looking forward to gleaning any info I can from everyone here.

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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2019, 09:33:55 AM »
Hello!

Kyle Willis here from High Mountain Gear in Seattle, WA. I design and make climbing and outdoor equipment, and do repairs of products made out of textiles and plastics. I picked up a car load of fabric last week, just waiting on my order from YKK to get the buckles and widgets I need to get my line of products out before Christmas.

Heading out to the Valley for Sea Of Dreams in a couple days, gonna be in a D4 and bringing a couple prototypes with me to try out with it!

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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2019, 02:16:28 AM »
Hi all,
I am based in Launceston, Tasmania. I have really only climbed one small wall and solo aided a bunch of single pitch routes. Over the year to come I am going to learn the skills and work involved in aiding a wall alone. And because I have not much more to say......here is a pic of a workhorse sewing machine I picked up at auction for $120! This little gal will enable me to sew some of my own gear including small crag packs, rope bags, duffels etc. Am always keen to hear from other people who make and modify their own gear. I hope you all have an inspired and safe year ahead!

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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2019, 07:50:36 AM »
Hello all, I’m hailing from Seattle WA, started climbing early, at 14, after all these years you’d think I’d be better than I am at this game.

My first wall was the south face of Washington Column in 1972, then in 1974 my best bud Dave D and I did the South face of Watkins. It kicked my ass! I still love to climb and still have some modest ambitions, but at the downhill side of 68 I had best keep the goals modest.

The new gear is impressive and the spirit of the sport is as strong as ever, it’s great to see! Thanks for being here. Rich C


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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2019, 05:44:48 PM »
Hello,

I live in Bright VIC, Australia at the base of Mt Buffalo and work for one of the guiding companies here doing portaledge picnics, climbing, abseil, caving etc etc.

I am interested in trip reports, gear and innovation.  I've recently been testing the Octapod for a kayaking trip to a wall on open ocean.

Stan

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« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2019, 11:46:08 PM »
Matt Lambert
Owner of Rogue Rock Gym in Southern Oregon.

Climbing in Yosemite since 1996
25 El Cap ascents, 18 different routes, 2 solos
6 Leaning Tower Ascents, 2 routes, 1 solo
5 Washington Column Ascents, 4 routes, 1 solo

Interested in chatting about bigwall climbing and sharing my experience.

Favorite recent bigwall equipment purchases.
D4 Portaledge made by Barry
Dammer Hammer made by Dan
Alfifi made by Skot

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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2019, 08:59:43 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I am big wall climber and soloist. My favorite places: Yosemite, Baffin Island, Troll Wall, Scottish Mountains, Polish Tatras. You can check my FB: https://www.facebook.com/MarekRaganowicz/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Intersted in chatting about walls, stories, people, gear...

Marek

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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2019, 05:17:16 PM »
Thanks for having me on the BigWalls forum.  I am from Southern  California ( land of Stoney Point).
I am  interested in tips, techniques, trip reports, stories, photos, etc.
Climbing for about 20 years. First wall in 2001
I hope not only to learn but also to assist in future discussions.

Also ... ordered a d4 about a week ago.  ;)

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« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2019, 07:05:26 PM »
Hello:: I am Matt Brewer
I have been climbing 32 years. I have always looked to Deuce for proper style and tech. Ever since I bought his big wall book in the 1990’s. I have followed ascents one climbing in magazines. This site is the next logical step for me to informed and up to date. Regarding big wall tools and beta. John’s original big wall book taught me how to jumar sideways and clean step terrain. Tricks they never taught  any where else back.  Deuce Is willing to explain in detail. He is the link between Royal Robbins rockcraft books and modern books that flood the market. I still look to Deuce because he has the resume and the drive that inspires mere mortals, such as myself. I have been to Yosemite once and I hope 2020 will be my year for my first big wall. Im happy to be a lurker until I get off the ground.. Climbing saved my life and gave me a proper outlet to enjoy life again.

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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2020, 07:41:59 AM »
My name is Olle and I live in Stockholm, Sweden. I’m in to aidclimbing, but no big walls yet. I also love to produce stuff and Aideerclimbing is the trademark I use for my aid and big wall equipment. The Aideer, a six step standard aider, is my most popular product, but I also make Russian Aideers, a big wall gear sling and some other stuff.
The most interesting with producing equipment is to research and develop new stuff, making this forum a gold mine...


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« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2020, 11:10:44 AM »
Hello, Name is Darren Bart.  From Simi Valley in Southern California, 10 minutes from Stoney.  36 years of age.
I took a climbing class in college at Chico State but didn't stick with it as I was distracted by, girls, wakeboarding and dirt bikes.
A few years back I got a hangboard to help with arm pump and that has snowballed into this climbing obsession.  I haven't ridden my dirt bike in 2 years, I can't get enough climbing. 
I have 2 small kids and I love that this is something I can teach them and we can do together. 

I very interested in vertical camping.  I bought a D4 ledge over a year ago from Barry just so my kids and I could play on it in the backyard.  I hauled it and have slept on it once on a local wall but I'm dieing to get out more with it.  Covid has wrecked some plans I had for this summer.    My daughter (Avery, 5 years old)  loves sleeping on it with me in the backyard.  So for the time being that works.  I love how comfortable my kids are climbing and hanging out on the ledge.  Portaledge life will be second nature to them.    I'm very excited about the future and stoked on exploring this beautiful planet while we still have it. 

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« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2020, 05:11:18 PM »
Hi everyone! I'm a spaniard climber. I found this forum through d4 web. Is amazing all the info that is in it.
So, I hope to learn, enjoy and share tips, info or whatever.
Thanks Duce for create this forum!

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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2020, 04:15:54 AM »
Welcome all!  I hope these forums can be used to share information in the longer term.  Social media is great for instant answers and opinions, but so much gets lost after a few weeks.

I appreciate your signing up, and hope that folks can help each other with info and experiences.

If ever looking for info on walls or gear design that I can provide, you can also email me deuce4@bigwalls.net , of course hope to continue to help offer ideas of tools, the portaledge bring my favorite topic.
Http://www.bigwalls.net also has some older, but still perhaps some useful info, especially about remote big walls.
I’m posting a lot these days on day-to-day climbing thoughts and design on Instagram @bigwalldeuce

Cheers

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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2020, 09:14:25 AM »
Aspiring big wall climber form Brazil. Cheers!

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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2020, 09:26:19 AM »
Mungie, from on the hill. Forgive me fadda, its been over a year since my last bigwall post. Touch, pack gear, covet. Heavy on the trip report covet!!!


I'm just an average wall guy. Bailed on walls. Got up a couple walls with some great bros! El Cap... Did Freak Show in Kings Canyon. Did an FA Big Wall on highway 108 with my bro Tim T.

Turning point for me after quitting Walls forever, was I realized that as long as I wasn't pressured for time ("we only have 5 days") and ditching that notion that you have to do it as fast as possible and accepting that "the only way down is up"... walls became less of a pain to be endured and more of a process to create and have that experience of something surreal and absurd in a world of defined spaces and people.

Know that you can! Take your time! Always stay tied in! Bring all kinds of gear and tag it up to the leader!

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« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2020, 03:31:56 PM »
Hi everyone! My name is Tianyu, I'm 27, and I currently reside in San Diego. I'm an aspiring big wall climber with an accelerated training schedule due to my recent unemployment ("retired" researcher & certificated teacher at large)!

With all of this free time, I'm hoping to learn how to make some of my own gear (rain fly in particular--the G7 one seems light but a bit limited in the features that I want). I've been climbing for 5 years and sewing for 3 weeks--hoping to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make some trustworthy gear to test out in socal and eventually yosemite/canada in the spring!

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« Reply #31 on: August 17, 2020, 07:42:09 PM »
Hi Dj Drift King-

This might be a good place to start--see link below--the PDF has a paper cutout you can fold up into a model fly.  This will help with understanding how the single seam fly system works.  Then you can decide how you will make your "Skirt".  Elsewhere on this forum I have provided some details on how to create "corner pockets" for your fly, which is a much better system than the way it's been done for the past 40 years (with a drawcord).  The D4's were the first to use this corner pocket system starting about mid-2017, and it is a much more secure way to hold the fly, but you need to also have a zipper door opening for it to work.

http://bigwallsforum.com/index.php/topic,54.0.html

There are many more details about how to make portaledge beds and flys on the original bigwalls forum, which is no longer live, but I saved all the forum posts, and made it searchable (this is where Treefool and Pirate got the concept for thier online patterns)--the link to the old forum search should be in the top right of the page that you first get to when you go to this site at bigwallsforum.com

Be a trooper, and post your progress here--perhaps on the general A5/D4 open source topics. It's always fun to see how people make this kind of gear.

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« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2020, 04:14:02 PM »
Hello...
Im NeNi Gabbardo from Brasil, 35 years old...
Passionate and enthusiastic bigwall climber, unfortunately here in Florianópolis, where i live, dont have nothing more than 100m, but at least have same good quality granite to climb...
I read and study a lot about big wall and of course, go outside to practice... Not now, this pandemic its a really chaos here in Brasil, so im 6 months without climbing outside...
Im always in the foruns but just like guest, its not common to me to register in forum or something like this, but here i think is different, lots of knowledge to learn, many amazing and good climbers sharing experiences... So im here to learn...
I rope solo my first "Big Wall", it was in Pedra Riscada - Minas Gerais-Brasil, 1100m, 19 pitchs, the route is called Moowalker 5.10a, all bolted...
I was supposed to go back there this year, just this month, for climb another route on rope solo again, but as I said, this pandemic here is very complicated, so I will wait for the next year .

Im a DIY enthusiastic  aswell, and always dreamed about bigwall and sleep in an portaledge, specially if is a D4, but im not a rich climber and the exchange Dollar to Real is almost 5x1 and its impossible to buy and import anything unless if you are rich, anyway, for this climb i start a portaledge prototype, i bought a sew machine and start to learn by my self how to sew,  i made the frames with steel (aluminium its expensive here in Brasil) and for 2 people (that was a mistake, but i was excited to do the portaledge), its very similar to the portaledge Sky Lounge from BD, with some differences, it was good, im proud of myself, worked very well in tests here, but way to heavy, 13kg with rainfly (i made as well), so i quit the ideia to take the portaledge with me and slept in a hammock in two natural ledge in Pedra Riscada...
Probably Mr. Middendorf doesnt remember, but i contact him to ask about how to made the rainfly, i so glad for his tips, and he aswell told me to try to bend tubes in a next time... That was the first idea i had, but like i said, everything its so expensive here, and aluminum and a bender machine its not different... Now i saved some money because this prototype 2.0 single person, is in my mind even before i think to building the 1.0, and of course i have a doubt about it...

I couldnt find any company here that sells Aluminum 6061-t6 or 2024-t3, just 6060 or 6063 or 6351, Im looking to find out what the differences are or maybe which has more similarity to bending, strength and durability, but I cant really find anything, i dont know which is the best to try on this new prototype, i keep researching, studying and learning about aluminum and the properties of each one ...
I am happy to participate in this forum, for sure it is the best ...
And again, thank you very much Mr. Middendorf for always sharing your knowledge ...
Cheers

*some pic from prototype 1.0
*and from my rope solo in Pedra Riscada
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« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2020, 02:26:09 AM »
If you can only get 6063 or similar tubing (weaker than 6061-t6), you will want to make sure the wall thickness is 2.0mm or bigger (if 6061-t6, you can use 1.5mm).

For double, use at least 30mm OD tubing, 35mm or 36mm is better.  For a single ledge, 28mm*2.0 might work. 

If using the weaker alloys, 25mm*2.0 might be too weak.  25mm*2.5 would probably work but be heavy. 

In general, bigger OD (outside diameter) is better.

Think about joining systems.  The old A5 system just used another tube, designed to be stronger than the main tube, thus much thicker if using an internal tube to make joiners.

I can supply CAD files for D4 joiners (use with attribution), if you can create a hybrid diameter frame.  See portaledge DIY tab on Bigwalls.net for open source info.

Please repost on Open Source part of this forum to continue.

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« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2020, 02:28:56 AM »
Nice DIY work, btw!

Now let’s join the curved corner revolution!  Tube bending is an art, but not an arcane one.  Cheers.

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« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2020, 04:36:55 AM »
G day

I currently live in Myrtleford Vic. Australia. I spend a great deal of my time at Mt Buffalo for recreation and work.
I'm a climber, adventurer, tree climber and highliner - yes the evil slackline walking.

Lately I have designed/ made tree climbing gear; line throwers, throw balls and cubes (line bags). I am now dawn to portaledges.
So I am here for gear innovation

Brad Graham

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« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2020, 03:19:03 PM »
Great!  I just helped source a 1.25” BST tapered threader and got some 40mm*2.5mm aluminum tubes, which I have handed off to my friend Echo who will be making some aluminum pneumatic throwers, similar to the ones sold by TreeGear out of stock.

I researched the threads, and the threaded 40mm*2.5mm aluminum tubes should replace the heavy 32mm medium pipe people have been using, all other components the same (stock end caps, valves, etc. from Bunnings).

Helping make things light is right!

The pipe threader was only $30usd, but shipping From China was expensive. 

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« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2020, 03:32:00 AM »
Hello!

I'm Ata, have been lucky enough to use and enjoy portaledges up trees in Tasmania in the last year and since then have also turned my hand to making various bits of tree climbing gear - throw balls, cannons and the like. And inevitably this journey has landed me here at the start of a DIY portaledge mission!

Very keen to build one (or many, let's see!) to deploy up trees, on rocks, on buildings.. heck on whatever I can hang it from! And looking forward to joining in the discussion, learning from those who have the experience and sharing my own builds and finds!

Cheers!
Ata

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« Reply #38 on: September 19, 2020, 11:28:09 AM »
Hi there!

i'm Geno (or Ginevra) from Catalonia, Spain.
soloaidclimber and photographer.
maybe as all light climbers i'm searching for light solution and small packing for the night. so i've started to built my own light portaledge, using an ultralight cot, adding some slings to keep it all together. it works pretty well, but not the most easiest thing to set up and fold again. luckily it's pretty light (2kg) so that makes it easier.
the idea will be to build one from scratch, maybe a little bigger than this one, easiest to set up, aand certainly more resistant.

i'm interested also in gear (almost all my pics are about aidclimbinggear).
you can see them mostly on insta (@genofoto), and in my web.

i precise: it's not that long that i spend nights on the wall and that i can climb again, but i'm convinced that soloaidclimbing is the purest expression of freedom.

 ;)

geno