How many of you have been on the river and been involved in a situation where you were walled in, and needed to extract a boat, but simply couldn’t due to lack of anchors?
Having witnessed this last weekend in the new gorge on the Lower Lower White Salmon, Washington, I have added a few climbing Nuts and Hexes to my pin kit. These tricks of the climbing trade are lightweight additions to the pin-kit that make it possible to extract a boat when the only option for an anchor is a crack in the rock (if only I were a climber and had this epiphany sooner!).
Nuts are used in climbing, come in a variety of sizes, and can be wedged in various cracks in the rock. They are more or less a small block of metal attached to a loop of cord or wire.
Makes a great Christmas present, too!