Chiang Sheng Kung Rope Climbing Ability

Once the grapple has cleared the wall, the line is gradually pulled until the hook is set. This means that the hook digs into wood or stone sufficiently to hold your weight, or that the grapple becomes wedged between two obstructions tightly enough to hold you. Test the set by jerking sharply on the line to see if the hook is only snagged. If it is, this action will either dig the hook in, or pop the hook free.

Having set the hook, look about to see if your actions were observed. Then ascend.

Fig. 50 -The quickest method for this is hand-over-hand with the feet braced against the wall. Gravity will hold your feet to the surface as you climb by alternately advancing the opposite arm and leg.

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Fig. 51-In those cases where such wall walking is impractical, one may simply climb the rope. Some Ninja used a method of climbing which employed the toes to grip the rope. Since they wore the tabi (split-toed socks), this was a matter of toe strength in most cases. This can be accomplished, however, by tying knots at regular intervals, and stepping on them with the toes. Alternately, one can cross the legs and grip the rope between them to gain a bit more purchase for climbing.

Fig. 54- Once you reach the summit of the wall, immediately retrieve the rope and clear all evidence of your passage. If the rope is to be used for the Tonpo phase of the mission, conceal it where the crossing will be made. The hook is a disposable weapon, as is the shuriken. It can be left behind or discarded at any time. Still, it should not be left in such a way that it will betray your presence.

Remember also to avoid silhouetting while on top of the wall. (Fig. 54)

Fig. 54- Once you reach the summit of the wall, immediately retrieve the rope and clear all evidence of your passage. If the rope is to be used for the Tonpo phase of the mission, conceal it where the crossing will be made. The hook is a disposable weapon, as is the shuriken. It can be left behind or discarded at any time. Still, it should not be left in such a way that it will betray your presence.

Remember also to avoid silhouetting while on top of the wall. (Fig. 54)

Fig. 53-A third technique which may be used is the seat method. In this, the rope is slung under the body to form a loop where one can sit. The free end is held in the right hand, which holds the loop firm while the left hand advances on the rope. Next the right hand slides up to the left, adjusting the loop as the feet advance.

By reversing this procedure, it is possible to lower oneself slowly over long distances. It might be said that this is a Nin-jitsu type of rappelling.

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