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I live in a small village in the Peak District National Park in the UK. I'm an active caver, member of the local cave rescue team and also do a lot of hill walking. I also rock climb and do some mountaineering but mainly I'm caving.


Aug
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answered Dealing With Sap On A Tent
Aug
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Aug
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revised Climbing Webbing with Taped Ends (where & why)
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Aug
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answered Climbing Webbing with Taped Ends (where & why)
Aug
7
revised Semi-static rope 24 hour rule
Replaced 'Canyoneering' tage with 'Caving' as the question is relevant to Caving and is already tagged with 'Canyoning'
Aug
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comment Semi-static rope 24 hour rule
You wash the rope after purchase and before use to remove anti-static lubricants used in manufacture and to shrink it. Thereafter you wash it when it needs washing. I cannot make this explanation more clearer!
Aug
7
comment Semi-static rope 24 hour rule
The washing before very first use of a new rope is recommended for the reasons given in my answer. After that, the rope would be washed if it becomes dirty after use (which happens quite often in caving!).
Aug
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answered Semi-static rope 24 hour rule
Aug
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Aug
5
comment How can I tell if I am dehydrated or have low electrolytes (need salt, etc.)?
If you sit at home and take some Vitamin B, you'll probably know that the change in colour isn't due to dehydration...
Aug
5
answered Is it normal that a down sleeping bag loses its loft after ~5 years ~150 nights?
Aug
4
answered How can I tell if I am dehydrated or have low electrolytes (need salt, etc.)?
Aug
4
comment Efficient and reliable method for managing a nut tool while following on a trad climb?
I also have mine clipped to a snaplink (Carabiner). I have a 25cm / 10 inches long 6mm loop of cord attached to the tool using a Lark's Foot and slip my hand through this loop to prevent accidentally dropping the tool. OF course that loop of 6mm cord has another use as a Prusik loop of required.
Aug
2
answered Technique for lead solo climbing with rope
Jul
28
answered How can I test out my equipment before a backpacking trip?
Jul
28
awarded  Enthusiast
Jul
25
answered In an abandoned quarry, is it possible to pry loose rocks from walls until stable?
Jul
22
comment Can I use a bicycle helmet as a climbing helmet?
It isn't that rare to hit your head against something when climbing: there's always the ground! There have been many incidents where climbers have fallen relatively short distances from near the bottom of a crag onto the ground and have either suffered head injuries (not wearing a helmet) or been saved from suffering head injury (wearing a helmet). In the UK at least, Paramedics treat any fall involving the head striking the ground from a height of just 2 metres or more as possible cause of a head injury.
Jul
17
answered What should a rescue team be equipped with?
Jul
17
answered Pitching a tent in the rain?