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Rope Solo Systems for Free and Aid?

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Anyone willing to share their systems for Rope Solo and Aid Soloing?  Specifically back-up knots and protocol, and rope management systems for multi-pitch climbs.  Any info, really....

Silent Partner users able to contribute would be greatly appreciated. 




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For solo aid, I use the tried and true simple clove hitch method. I also stay tied in to the lead end of the rope as a habit (that also helps the trailing end from blowing and getting stuck on a flake, etc.). I haven't tried solo lead free climbing but Colin Haley's backrope system sounds reasonable if you are descending the same way you are going up (in order to retrieve your gear). Bags to stack ropes in belays for easy feed out; ones like duffle or canvas shopping bags with handles so they stay open work well, no need to pay premium for specialized rope buckets, etc.

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