These very specialized tools that are basically super bomber cams that fit into a bolt hole. They’re very useful for bolting steep roofs on rappel but can also be employed to save on bolts during ground up efforts. They get stuck very easily, so to get them out I place a small pin or screw on the disengaging plate and tap it with a hammer.
Blow Tubes and Brushes
Blow tubes are for cleaning out all the rock dust inside of the hole after it’s been fully drilled. This can be a standard plastic tube from a hardware store plumbing section. It should be about 2 feet long and as flexible as possible.
I use two different hole brush types: soft plastic bristle for super soft rock and wire for harder stuff. The soft brushes will likely be in the cleaning isle, while the wire brushes will be by the welding equipment. For cleaning big holds and various cracks, I use various toilet brushes of different shapes and sizes. For tough lichen on granite, a small wire brush can be an invaluable tool. Don’t use any wire brush on soft rock like sandstone or limestone, as it can be easily damaged.
It’s not often that you can cast up an entire wall on-sight, free-climbing every bit of the way. Sometimes doing clean aid on your free-climbing rack of cams and nuts will be enough. Other times you’ll need to be equipped with all the iron aid shenanigans to continue upward. How much you bring will depend on the style of route you climb. If you expect it to be a full-on aid route, then bring the kitchen sink. Personally, I chase free-climbs and only find myself aiding short sections here and there. I recommend at least having the option to bust out the ladders with an assortment of hooks and beaks and maybe even a lost arrow or two. And always bring a pair of jugs per team member if you plan on fixing lines.
Static lines are non-stretching ropes that have many uses. Firstly, they’re great as a tag line for tramming extra gear to the leader. When the leader makes it to a belay, the tag line can then be used to haul. Fixing static lines means to leave ropes on a section of wall to give access to a high point. You may fix lines to the ground and return the next day, or you may fix lines above your wall camp and jug them first thing in the morning. These are completely optional depending on your style. The number you bring with you will depend on how many pitches you plan to fix, if any.
Progress Capture Pulley
This could be any pulley device that is able to hold the rope without your assistance. I use them to hand-haul tag bags and even small haul bags. It’s a great tool to have when navigating emergency or just complicated big wall situations. I love using it to TR solo (with a back-up) while rehearsing free-climbing moves after a pitch has been established. I always have one on me and suggest my teammates bring their own if they have one.
While not at all necessary I have found that radios make it considerably easier to coordinate a team on a big wall. If you’ve climbed enough multipitch, you’ve gotten good at shouting commands or even communicating by tugging on the rope. However, with new routing there are so many things that can go sideways, and being able to communicate with your team can be a critical benefit. Typically, two radios are plenty, but if you happen to have members of the team on many different parts of the wall, or even a ground team, a third radio can be useful.
This is standard lead gear that you’re okay with losing. Leaver gear could be slung around a boulder to bail from or a fixed nut that you hammered into a crack in a panic. Usually, you’ll only want to part ways with the cheapest and oldest gear you have, but that’s not always an option. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do get down.