Bachar Ladders, portaledges and cash that was crimped for
For those of you who don’t know where this crazy training device comes from here are the facts. Using inverted rope ladders as a training tool for climbing was first associated with the American climber John Bachar. During the 70’s and 80’s John Bachar was a prolific climber known for his daring free solos and first ascents of ground breaking lines. He was one of the free climbing boundary pushers applying the new style of climbing to routes of incredible technical difficulty. In the mid 70’s John Bachar, Ron Kauk and John Long made the first free ascent of Astroman. At the time this was the most continually difficult climb to have ever been free climbed.
When back at Camp 4 John was commonly found training on one of his devices that he had crafted around his pitch. Amongst the contraptions there was always an inverted rope ladder that he would perform different campusing exercises on. As other climbers recognised the benefits of training on this apparatus it became known as a Bachar ladder.
For those of you looking for news on the exploits of the rest of Team Westway in the valley I am afraid details have become sparse. The one thing we have learned is that Andre and his partner managed to make a one day ascent of the Nose. He will be back with us soon and we will get all the pictures and details to you then.
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