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There are many types of specialized harnesses, including harnesses for sport, trad, and mountaineering. Personally I use the same harness for trad and mountaineering, and it works fine. For trad climbing, you want four gear loops. Since people don't carry such heavy racks for sport and mountaineering, some harnesses specialized for those activities may not ...


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To add to Ben Crowell's answer, some additional differences between mountaineering and rock-climbing harnesses include comfort while hiking, and weight. Compare the two harnesses below; the first is for alpinism/mountaineering, it's simple, light, and very minimal in size and bulk. A harness like this would be extremely comfortable to hike in, and wouldn't ...


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Oil needs a soap or detergent, and ideally hot water to dissolve. Hand washed with a laundry detergent and hot water. if it is still a problem, remove the aluminium frame and any loose bits you can and wash it on a gentle cycle (no spin) in a front loading washing machine. You may want to take it to a laundrymart with large washers. Ideally put it into a ...


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There are such things as reusable energy-absorbers, they use rope and a braking plate to absorb the energy of a fall. Stiched webbing energy-absorbers are only intended to catch one fall, but that fall typically has to exert at least 2.5kN (250kg) on the device before it will start to tear. If the threads in the energy absorber tear, then yes, it needs to ...



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