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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?
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Interesting question. Do you happen to have a picture of one of the plastic signs?
Jun
17
comment “Used” top rope when bouldering
Thanks for the reference. You've got my +1.
Jun
16
comment “Used” top rope when bouldering
Seeing rope worn out from repeated short falls, without apparent extreme abrasion, leads me to think that due to the concentration of load in a bent rope (the purpose of my including the second quote) does in fact push some fibers past an elastic limit and slowly degrade the rope. I'm certainly not claiming to be an expert on this and I'd love to know if you have other information or theories.
Jun
16
comment “Used” top rope when bouldering
@BenCrowell Okay, that's a valid criticism and I appreciate you taking the time to make it. Could you provide a link to Aging Rope? I know that nylon does very well in flex cycle testing, losing very little strength over thousands of cycles (unlike aramids), and I also know that load cycling (presumably below the elastic limit) without a bend also has little apparent affect on strength. Nevertheless the ropes do wear out. Do you assert that it is entirely a matter of abrasion? Direct infiltration? (continued)
Jun
16
comment Does “Cow Tipping” hurt the cow?
Cow tipping doesn't actually exist. It's a joke.
Jun
16
comment “Used” top rope when bouldering
@BenCrowell Please see my addendum. I mean you no disrespect, but as stated there I believe the subject matter warrants fastidious scrutiny.
Jun
16
comment When should I retire my rope
@BenCrowell I agree with (my understanding of) what you wrote. All I meant to communicate is that a short factor-1 fall puts (almost*) as much stress on the rope as a long factor-1 fall, just over a shorter area, which I think is what you just said, but more clearly. (* Almost, because there are common energy absorbing elements in the system besides the rope that do not change with the length of fall, therefore a very short factor-2 fall will not reach as high a peak force as a full-rope-length factor-2 fall, even momentarily, and the impulse is much longer as well.)
Jun
15
comment Resoling climbing shoes yourself
No experience, but this seems like the sort of thing on which you'd spend more in the processing of learning to do it right than you would having it done professionally, even repeatedly.
Jun
15
comment “Used” top rope when bouldering
@OutlawLemur Yes, so long as the rope is still serviceable according to the Beal guidelines. In a top-rope (slingshot) setup a fat, fuzzy rope will make it a little harder on the belayer, but not much else. For lead the same rope will cause much greater rope drag making it really hard on the leader unless the pitch is short, straight, and vertical. Of course if you mean by "only for comfort" that you don't intend to weight the rope, and is serves only as a true safety line, then I wouldn't anticipate much wear on the rope anyway.
Jun
14
comment “Used” top rope when bouldering
Ben, as a friendly heads-up I just posted an opposing answer. Please read it and rebut as appropriate.
Jun
14
comment When should I retire my rope
@BenCrowell Indeed, and I didn't mean to imply otherwise. I meant that comment a a parenthetical, and merely that gym falls can still put significant stress on a rope. I think there is a tendency to look at a short wall and figure it's small stuff and won't really stress your equipment, when in fact the forces can be quite high and they get concentrated on a short section of rope near the ends. Do you agree with that? Perhaps this answer wasn't the best place for this.
Jun
11
comment What are the first aid precautions to be taken in case of a snake bite?
You make many assertions but you don't explain them. Why shouldn't you wash the bite site? Why is caffeine bad? What sources can you cite?
Jun
11
comment Reliable supplier of Ultrafire batteries
I don't know if there even is such a thing as "genuine" when it comes to Ultrafire. I would not trust any Ultrafire batteries, and there are much better alternatives that are not expensive. Also if you want a C8 style flashlight look at a Convoy.
May
15
comment Gloves for knuckle protection that can get wet but not necessarily waterproof
Standard work gloves provide very little impact protection. Perhaps your thinking of something different from what I am. Would you include a few pictures?
May
15
comment Which mid-line knot is best suited for a trucker's hitch?
I'm surprised by that too. Nevertheless my second question remains: are you open to using webbing and/or additional hardware? I guess I'm asking of you are more interested in a solution to a broader problem, or the answer to this specific question.
May
15
comment Which mid-line knot is best suited for a trucker's hitch?
In my experience one way to make knots easier to untie is to use a smaller fraction of the cord's strength, meaning using a larger cord or rope for the same load. But that of course means more weight. Are you open to using webbing instead of cord? I think some of the methods used by slackliners, scaled down accordingly, might be useful.