Okay - so I've never rock climbed more than a climbing wall, but I see folks climbing along turnagain arm all the time.
Here's my question. How the heck do you get your anchor and rope secured at the top? If you have to climb up to set your anchor for the rope to belay another climber, you've already climbed it - so what's the point?
I'm sure it's something simple I'm missing, I'd just like to be enlighted. I've used ropes and ascenders to climb trees, but I have to throw my line up and secure it before hanging off it. And I've been to REI and seen the anchors/cams for wedging into cracks in the rock, etc - I just can't imagine placing those anchors without physically being at the top.
Placing an anchor as high as you can reach physically while hanging seems like it would be painfully slow going with ascenders and gaining three feet every couple minutes.
Thanks for enlightening this dummy regarding climbing.