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


Jan
13
comment Methods for taping hands, wrists, and fingers for climbing?
Gotcha. I just wanted to make sure that if you had a particular problem, that it got addressed. FWIW, I don't know of a taping pattern that would address wrist pain in climbing, although one may exist.
Jan
11
comment Methods for taping hands, wrists, and fingers for climbing?
Are you starting to experience a specific problem in your climbing? More pain in your fingers or finger pulleys? Wrist problems? Are you getting into crack climbing and hand jamming, where you would need a tape glove to protect the skin on the backs of your hands?
Jan
11
comment How to avoid pendulum descent when belaying?
Can you keep your feet against the wall and walk / hop down as you're being lowered? Also, was the rope twisted and kinked up on your (the climber's) end? The only time I really experience a lot of swinging and twisting is when I'm being lowered over something dramatically overhanging and I can't touch the wall, or if the rope is twisted a little and needs to be un-kinked some.
Jan
8
revised What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
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Jan
2
comment What are the key factors when choosing a sleeping bag for backpacking?
can you rent one before you make any purchases? Some stores (REI) offer them for rent sometimes.
Dec
31
revised How do I mount a hangboard in an apartment?
The question was about the specifics of mounting a hangboard in a rented apartment (and how that affects a least), not a general question about how to physically do it.
Dec
31
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Dec
31
answered How do I mount a hangboard in an apartment?
Dec
19
revised What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
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Dec
19
answered What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
Dec
19
comment How to carry dslr camera when rock-climbing
I just carry a point-and-shoot in my pants pocket when I'm doing a multipitch route, and leave the DSLR for sport climbing. But you can tell that from the quality of pictures I take on trad climbs. :( So I'd be interested in hearing an answer too
Dec
18
comment Is a varied diet necessary while backpacking?
+1 - fiber is something I usually regret if I skip.
Dec
17
comment What are the best ways to increase your draw weight?
+1 - good to ask about the OP's strength, experience, and specific goals. Beginners might get totally different answers than experienced archers.
Dec
13
revised Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
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Dec
13
answered Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
Dec
13
comment Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
+1 for "avoid looking too hard". Park services have strange and sometimes conficting priorities (balancing needs of hikers with nature conservancy / biodiversity, for instance, or balancing the needs of regular hikers with rock climbers). If one person starts making large, impactful changes on a trail on his own (setting up cairns, sawing off branches that have fallen in the trail) it could aggrevate existing tensions in the park
Dec
9
comment How can rope/cordage be packed to minimize tangles?
+1 - I use a butterfly coil for my 60m (200') climbing ropes, and rarely have significant tangles.
Dec
9
comment What can I do to prevent altitude sickness?
Both sides here have valid points: diamox isn't magic, and doesn't replace proper acclimation. But it can play a positive medical role (doesn't just hide symptoms). I've been on 4 trips above 10k feet, and for 2 of those I had a prescription for diamox, and generally felt better than the times I didn't have it. But there are side effects, and you should talk with your doctor first.
Dec
9
comment What can I do to prevent altitude sickness?
"Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hils" recommends diamox (acetazolamide) quote : "Acetazolamide doea appear to be effective in preventing and treating [acute mountain sickness] as well as irregular breathing brought on by high altitude" (7th edition, pg 490). There are side effects, and you should talk with a doctor, but the medicine is presented as treating and preventing altitude sickness. The book does NOT recommend diamox as a substitute for proper acclimatization, but as a supplement that may help some people.
Dec
7
comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
FWIW, I like this one: rei.com/product/478026/power-putty-hand-strengthener I find the putty lets me move my fingers in a natural pattern, and provides a decent amount of resistance. I've also used the Black Diamond "O-Ring" gripper, but I don't like it, some times I can catch my finger from a bad angle and aggrevate old injuries. YMMV.