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Feb
5
comment What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
Also, what finish is on the blade?
Feb
5
comment What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
A picture of the blade in question would help to focus answers to appropriate methods. Also, is the blade carbon on stainless steel?
Feb
5
comment First crampon grade to buy
I recommend summarizing some of the points from the Andy Kirkpatrick article and including them here to make this more of a stand-alone answer.
Feb
5
comment “Must Have” in a starter Trad Rack
What is a "Texas prusik system?" I was taught how to use a Purcell Prusik for a foot loop along with a short waist Prusik. How is this similar or different?
Feb
5
comment Is it possible to check the safety of a used climbing rope?
Also related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/1533/133
Feb
5
comment Preventing cross-loading on belay carabiners
@Felix Thanks for pointing that out. I use an ATC and a DMM Oval for belay, but it's always good to know how to use other systems correctly if needed!
Feb
4
comment Is it possible to check the safety of a used climbing rope?
I decided to vote this as a duplicate. There is to me no clear the difference between "some optical inspector for integrity" and "a check that says something like ..." Sorry. :-/
Feb
3
comment Can you use a rope that has been in storage for a few years?
Could you add a link to one of the Safety Research Group reports? Otherwise this answer is spot on.
Jan
28
comment Pink Winter Sleeping Bags
I don't know. In this case the product seems to be discontinued. I think an argument could be made for closing or even deleting this question since it was specific to a certain time. (You would not lose any reputation points if this were done because of the age of the post.)
Jan
27
comment Are there Latex Free climbing tapes
@Jean You're welcome. If you get the EX1 tape will you tell me how well it works?
Jan
24
comment How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
Great question, but I don't know if you'll get a well qualified answer here. I suggest asking professional arborists. Of course they should also be connected with a rope, but they should at least have experience with what does and does not hold weight, be able to recognize a rotten branch, etc.
Jan
17
comment Belly flopping top outs
@bashophil Do tell.
Jan
17
comment Belly flopping top outs
If you are a bad-ass: youtube.com/watch?v=KI4-ZHYy9IQ :-) (I most assuredly am not.)
Jan
15
comment How can I tell when water is contaminated with industrial chemicals without any special equipment?
"so that you don't get sick from hand-to-mouth contamination with their gut flora, which your own body doesn't tolerate like it tolerates its own." -- OK, gross question, but are you saying your own feces won't make you (as) sick? I always assumed that lower GI germs introduced to the upper GI tract is what makes the fecal-oral route especially dangerous. Are you saying instead that someone might prepare food for the group with dirty hands and make everybody else stick, but not himself?
Jan
14
comment Is it realistic to teach yourself rock climbing?
@Blackbear I'm glad you found my answer helpful. I added my response to your follow-up question to my answer because it became too long for comments.
Jan
13
comment What mountain is it?
@Liam It would seem to infringe upon your ability to use Gmail if you are unable to share a snapshot of your screen. Unless Gmail terms specifically forbid that action I'd say this is fair use of the image.
Jan
13
comment How to pick a trekking/hiking shoelaces?
I don't do much hiking so I refrained from answering myself, but I also like flat laces; they seem to be easier on the fingers and as you stated easier to un-knot. (+1)
Jan
12
comment Shall I buy a Large size shell if I am wearing Medium size Down Jacket?
I am voting to close this question. It really depends on the sizing of the specific shell that you are talking about; some brands leave more room than others. You do not want the insulation heavily compressed or it will not work correctly. You really need to try on the combination to see how it fits.
Jan
11
comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
@AM_Hawk Thanks for the clarification. I'm glad you weren't suggesting what I thought you were.
Jan
11
comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
I just noticed that you linked to a 7.5mm Twin rope as an example. So you are describing ascending two strands of rope at once? You should be able to use at least a 6mm Prusik loop in that configuration. I was assuming that you were referring to a single strand of Tech rope, like BlueWater's 7.5mm Escape-Tech.