When thinking about anchoring, it's easy (and kinda fun too) to just focus on gear, but good technique can contribute at least as much to getting securely anchored.
Phyllis and I were sharply reminded of this a couple of seasons ago when we experienced several setting failures that were most assuredly caused by problems "above the boot", as skiing instructors are wont to say.
So what contributed to a guy with a half-century of anchoring experience getting lax? Simple, much better anchors. Back in the day of the CQR and other old-style anchors, if our technique was not perfect, the chances of a secure set went to near zero, at least in some substrate types, which definitely kept us on our toes.
But technique is still vital with new-style anchors—even just half-a-dozen anchor setting failures a year are too many.
So here is a step-by-step reminder chapter for us all, that will be particularly useful as a primer for those new to anchoring.
One more thing, this is part of an entire Online Book on anchoring technique, so in this chapter I'm assuming that we have already selected a spot to drop the anchor (covered in the previous chapter).
Let's get a solid set first time:
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