“Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.” Jesse Ventura
There’s strength training and then there’s posing training (most training is the latter).
People often get worried about ascending ropes that run over sharp edges - which isn’t a bad thing - such as this, the rope running over a very sharp edge 900 metres off the ground (on the final pitch of Tribal Rite). A few things to think, consider or understand are: 1. The closer the edge to the belay the less the rope moves and rubs, so it’s sharp edges mid pitch that are most dangerous. 2.If you move in a slow and methodical and efficient way, without bouncing or flailing around, then you can even jug on an 8mm running over an edge safely. 3. Learn to ascend ropes in a safe location before going to a dangerous one, so down the climbing wall to begin with, on steep, vertical and slabs, then train outside, then tackle the big stuff. 4. Don’t overburden yourself with a pack unless you’re on a slab. Everything should be hauled, and if it can’t be then learn other techniques, like ‘walking the dog’ or jugging with the bag hanging from your belay loop in Russian style. 5. Unless you’re cleaning windows or climbing capsule style, then edge protectors or gaffer taping the rock is not a sign of professionalism, but a lack of it. Ropes tend to break by being cut by falling rock, or moving rapidly over an edge, the damage being focused onto one area of rope (the rope running down an sharp arete in a fall), not by rope climbing...unless you don’t know what you’re doing.
I really need to get this old classic up on YouTube somehow (probably both one of the best and and one of the worst mountaineering films ever made!)