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Aug
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comment Is it realistic to teach yourself rock climbing?
You can. I am self-teaching my own old self for what matters aid climb and soloing, because I have no teachers here. But as Andy Kirkpatrick said, "one day of good instruction is worth one year of getting it wrong"
Aug
28
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Aug
25
comment Recommended ascents for the improving mountaineer
Trips around the Morteratsch glacier. That's where I learnt.
Aug
25
comment Is rope-soloing inherently dangerous, and if so, why?
I am afraid I can't, since it was quite some time ago and I got to this conclusion by searching for hours in the whole Internet and specifically in the supertopo.com and mountainproject.com forums, but also on rockclimbing.com. The findings were sparse and scattered, that's why they aren't easy to share. Those lead to my choice of buying the silent partner instead that anything else. BTW I mistakenly replied as an answer rather than with this comment. Sorry.
Aug
24
comment Any reasons not to use 30-year-old ice axe?
If you need to sharp any tool like crampons and ice axes, DO NOT use any power tool but a file, by hand. The reason is that using a grinder the high temperatures could damage the metal. I would contact the producers of the item in any case: camp.it
Aug
24
revised Leaving a fire unattended for a few hours, then returning
"a few hours", as specified in the body of the question, is not a short time.
Aug
24
comment Is rope-soloing inherently dangerous, and if so, why?
Exactly what imsodin stated. The lack of a backup is not - SHOULD NOT BE, actually - an issue. The manual of the silent partner, for instance, clearly states to "use a backup knot and don't trust your life to a single device". I searched for plenty of accidents about the topic and devices failures and I couldn't find any related to the silent partner though, while plenty of other devices did fail (because they weren't designed for rope soloing, or because of design limitations - mostly with head-first falls).
Aug
21
comment Please explain this cryptic instruction on soloing related knots
I also did :( ;)
Aug
20
accepted Please explain this cryptic instruction on soloing related knots
Aug
20
comment What are some techniques to avoid touching a wet tent wall?
I'm pretty sure. Water doesn't leak from the outer nylon layer because you touch it from the inside . So an alternative solution may be: find a solution with more ventilation. That is, leave the doors open (I'm serious) or just use a tarp.
Aug
20
comment What are some techniques to avoid touching a wet tent wall?
are you sure it is water leaking into the tent what you're talking about, and not condensation accumulating in those spots?
Aug
20
comment Rappelling from tree
"Cynism" removed and answer improved.
Aug
20
revised Rappelling from tree
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Aug
20
comment Please explain this cryptic instruction on soloing related knots
LOL, I read "massively-retarded figure-8".
Aug
20
comment Please explain this cryptic instruction on soloing related knots
@ShemSeger it's not only a guy's way to do that, is one of the most important soloists in the world way to do that. Unfortunately other than being strong in climbing he's also dyslexic (for real). I tried solo aid climbing and I'd like to avoid all that clutter on the harness. Plus, the instructions are very old.
Aug
19
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Aug
19
revised What does it mean to cross load a carabiner?
top rope tag removed as this is much broader.
Aug
19
revised Rappelling from tree
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Aug
19
asked Please explain this cryptic instruction on soloing related knots
Aug
19
answered Rappelling from tree