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Apr
4
comment Improving sport climbing skills
No time for a full answer now, but yes, based on received wisdom it will be more profitable and less likely to result in injury to simply climb for about one year before considering specific training tools. If you do train, train on "slopers" (where your entire fingers are in contact with the hold) -- see this answer for an explanation. Have fun climbing!
Mar
21
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
@Ben I agree with Liam: it would be good to add that method as an answer. Apparently I don't remember it correctly. Three ovals is a lot more reasonable.
Mar
21
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
@BenCrowell (1) I'm pretty sure I remember FotH saying that you must use oval carabiners for that setup. How many people are carrying six ovals these days? (2) There are several options to add friction to a Munter; one is extra turns on the spine as linked in the answer above; another is the "Super Munter.".
Mar
20
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
Nice self Q&A. +1 on both. :-)
Mar
20
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
@BenCrowell I remember seeing that in that book. I can't remember if it is supposed to be superior to the HMS; do you? I remember thinking that it would be easier to carry a second ATC than enough ovals to set that up.
Mar
16
comment What precautions are needed for caving
Could you give some examples of the kind of footwear that works best for caving?
Mar
15
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
@Russell Did you forget?
Mar
14
comment Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
Would you please try to provide the name of this product?
Feb
16
comment Climbing with a much lighter partner?
Great! I hope you enjoyed your climbing. Did you take an introductory class?
Feb
14
comment Climbing through the cracks
By the way, what do you mean by: "with the aid of equipment like Pegs." Is that a training tool (peg board?) or some kind of aid pro?
Feb
13
comment Climbing with a much lighter partner?
@Blackbear I see. For reference would you mind telling me each of your weights?
Feb
13
comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
Thanks for the Accept. :-)
Feb
7
comment What EXACTLY is the chemical coating on the outside of GoreTex?
I suggest flagging this question for migration to Chemistry.
Feb
7
comment When should I retire my rope
Thanks for the Accept. I just added one more section/reference to my answer.
Feb
7
comment FiveFingers Spyridon for Climbing?
@NatureRules Would you please clarify the exact use you envision and are inquiring about? Liam has edited this question to specify mountaineering but I am not convinced that was your original intent.
Feb
6
comment What is the longest time you can go, eating only freeze-dried food?
Thanks, and +1.
Feb
6
comment What is the longest time you can go, eating only freeze-dried food?
Could you provide a reference regarding one of these ocean racers and his diet?
Feb
6
comment Can a Finger Pulley injury be predicted / anticipated?
@Miguel Since you appreciate the work I put into this answer would you consider taking another look at my answer to this question? I also put a lot of work into that one. (More, actually.)
Feb
5
comment What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
Okay, I'll try to provide a useful answer at that time.
Feb
5
comment What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
Also, what finish is on the blade?