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Just another software engineer. Longtime outdoor sports enthauist. Avid rock climber.


Feb
9
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
A related topic (how to get bigger and stronger) is often discussed at the fitness.stackexchange.com site. This question may be relevant to you: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/6828/…
Feb
7
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
Nail polish is super common to mark who's gear is who's, but in this case, the question was about replicating the red paint in the pictured carabiner. This is not all that common, I got confused originally too.
Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
Bear in mind that leaving a campfire burning unattended overnight increases the risks of starting a wildfire (a major problem in some parts of the US), and may be banned wherever you're camping.
Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
+1, esp for the comment about fire escaping. In many camping environments, an unattended campfire is banned by park policies because the risk of causing a forest fire. In some dry areas (esp. the American West) the risk of wildfires is so great that campfires may be banned entirely.
Feb
1
comment How to toughen up hands?
+1 - Rock ring farmer's walks are a pretty rad workout if you can't get to a climbing gym.
Feb
1
revised Rappelling in the Rain
additional risk factor, spelling correction.
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
@Mr.Wizard - I can't find any recommendations in climbing literature that you would need to change your rappel setup if the rope is wet, and that also isn't my personal experience. I have seen stray comments that the friction of a rope may change, but nothing that recommends that an individual rappeling down a dynamic rope would need to change behavior. Is there a reference I should read?
Jan
30
revised Rappelling in the Rain
added 452 characters in body
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
oh, gotcha. I'll edit to reflict the fact that rope frictions will vary. Also, I climb with a 9.8mm rope or larger, and have rapped in the rain with a pair of half ropes... but I should edit my answer to reflict this. i was trying to keep my answer shorter, I'll make the edit tomorrow.
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
You could test it yourself, if you're worried. Do you have any place you could rig off a low tree branch, or under a patio? You could rig a wet rope 8' off the ground, and see if its harder to just hold yourself right off the ground. :)
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
New ropes are a little slicker, but I can't say I've noticed it affecting belaying or rappelling... I've never actually gotten rained on in the first month or so of a new rope... do you rappel with an "autoblock"? If you did, you could just put one or two extra wraps on your autoblock, and get more friction that way. Also, if you use a product like an ATC Guide or a Reverso3, you could put the device in "high friction mode" for rappelling, if you were worried about friction. At least, that's what I do.
Jan
30
revised Rappelling in the Rain
added 44 characters in body
Jan
30
answered Rappelling in the Rain
Jan
29
awarded  Organizer
Jan
29
revised What is a typical elongation of a dynamic climbing rope?
edited tags
Jan
29
comment What is a typical elongation of a dynamic climbing rope?
Agreed, this is a question about gear for an outdoor activity, which this Stack Exchange answers all the time. The elongation is one of the basic metrics of a climbing rope, like the temperature rating of a sleeping bag.
Jan
27
revised For what it's worth: climbing-tape
clarification of point
Jan
27
answered For what it's worth: climbing-tape
Jan
26
comment For what it's worth: climbing-tape
I've always just used tape marketed towards climbers (Metolius) and reused the gloves, applying more tape as needed. Gloves last me almost a while season in this fashion, so I don't worry about price too much. Other athletic tapes don't always work as well, for some reason, but there may be exceptions. FWIW, I don't think this SE is a great place to discuss prices , but opinions may vary. $4 isn't totally unreasonable, IMHO
Jan
24
comment Walking trailers
That seems like it would be incredibly awkward to manage, and could pull you backwards / sideways if you tried to navigate basic roots or stone steps on a trail. If option #1 isn't sufficient to let you meet your backpacking goals, could you do more training hikes and cardio to build up to your trip? Or try more comfortable backpacks?