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Jul
23
comment Brick Wall Rating
You should invite an experienced climber to give it a try, and a rating.
Jul
23
comment What rope to chose to hold my body weight from a monkey fist knot
@Fiztban I see. :-) Don't forget to train the opposing (antagonist) muscles, e.g. reverse wrist curls and hand expansion.
Jul
23
comment What is a “shooting jacket”?
@Liam Perhaps it's a pride thing; if you know you can't perform to your potential don't compete at all?
Jul
23
comment What rope to chose to hold my body weight from a monkey fist knot
@Fiztban After posting this I found your other question. I think the grips you made look quite nice, and the cord seems well sized to the balls. I've never played cricket and I was imagining a larger ball. (Your picture inspired me to add the second to last bulleted point. I can't imagine 3/8" rope working there for example.) I'm glad you like the result. I do think you paid more than necessary for cord that will never be used for climbing however. Which grips are you exercising with the ones you made?
Jul
23
comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
@WedaPashi Thanks. :-)
Jun
24
comment How do you stop blood-flow from a leech bite?
@Aravona and Paul: I guess for us to find out someone is going to have go get some leeches and take one for the team. :o)
Jun
20
comment Travelling and taking climbing chalk through customs
@Liam Sorry if I wrote that in a negative way! I voted for your question but I have no personal experience or inside knowledge so I won't attempt an answer. However with brief searching I quickly discovered the protein powder thing and I thought it would help if you have to to read it all. In the end I fear the answer to whether or not you are detained or delayed will be down to the specific security personnel you encounter.
Jun
20
comment Travelling and taking climbing chalk through customs
It appears that the subject of taking another innocuous powder on a plane has been discussed numerous times on numerous websites: savedwebhistory.org/k/whey-protein-on-plane I don't plan to read all that and summarize it, but I expect everything you could hope to find can be found by searching on those keywords.
Jun
19
comment How high to climb before clipping on a sport climb?
@AM_Hawk Yes, but those figures are elongation during the severe UIAA test drop with a rigid 80kg mass and a 1.78 fall factor. I don't have data for elongation at lower factors; do you?
Jun
18
comment “Used” top rope when bouldering
I removed the addendum to my answer because I could not support that position and because I think your answer now better addresses rope wear. For the time being I shall assume that the gym rope wear I observed is explained by: This seems to agree with Johnson and Klonowski's finding that dirt and sand can significantly reduce the strength of a rope.
Jun
18
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Olin Is that data available as a KML/KMZ file?
Jun
18
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Olin Yet another one in the MHNF, also with dark lettering. If the bolts are any indicator it might be somewhat older.
Jun
18
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Olin That sign is ostensibly on a trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest, but one I've never visited. Here is another sign that appears to be of the same type. Perhaps I can ask one of the rangers in that area how old those signs are, next time I'm out that way.
Jun
17
comment How should I remove a tick?
On Amazon.com there is a harsh review of this product: "We have tried a number of times to remove adult deer ticks from people (ourselves) with no success. The TickKey just slides right over the tick. It will remove a tick that has fed on a dog. This was advertised as being able to remove deer ticks, in our experence(sic), IT DOES NOT WORK." There are other reviews which state that it does not work on small ticks. If you have to wait for the tick to swell up with blood before it works that's not good. What is your experience? What is the specific species of tick in your area?
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Olin What do you make of the construction of this sign? It looks like bleached wood but the lettering is dark and clear. I suppose it could have been made of bleached wood to begin with, but if it weathered into that state and remains that legible it impresses me. Does the lettering look burned on to you?
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@OlinLathrop You're welcome. I was afraid that there might be a durability problem with paint; perhaps that style could be emulated in composite however. None of these are my own pictures, and frankly I don't spend a lot of time looking at signs, but if the Bell Creek sign is composite it's a departure from the standard around here. However since it appears to be new in the picture that is possible.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@gerrit I do see the advantage in that, but at the same time I don't like it. I prefer an area to have its own local flavor: ideally style with flair yet which blends with the surroundings, a la Frank Lloyd Wright; not ugly uniformity, a la McDonalds.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@gerrit I would hate to see signs like that on the trails around here. Sorry, but yes they are ugly.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
I don't believe there is a signage tag; rather I'm suggesting that it will be more general and therefore useful (in combination with other tags) than trail-signs. Since you don't object I shall retag, but ultimately it's up to the moderators to decide. Also, don't worry about the picture; I'll add some myself (in an answer) with my own thoughts on the matter.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
I'd like to retag this with trails and signage following this logic. Do you object?