ok, i completely understand the fear of rope and everything, i've had alot of friends who climb and have informed me quite a bit. what is done quite often in the black hills is to "hill climb" basically there are alot of ridges that you can't really "rock climb" but it is more of lose rocks, boulders, and trees. so what is done is that people get used climbing ropes and tied one end to a three prong throwing grapple (nija grapple) then they toss it up the "hill" and get it securly hooked on a tree, then basically walk up the steep incline just pulling on the rope for some support. so it's not really supporting your whole weight and it wouldn't need to support the full force of a fall, just if i slipped i would hold on...since i'm basically on just a steep hill and not vertical climbing, i think it would work very well.
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