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


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Sep
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comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
I'm not totally that the linear property you assert is true (5x55kg->1x80kg, therefore 5x80kg->1x116kg), but your larger point is good: if you've actually taken a full factor-2 fall, you should count your blessings you survived, and buy a new rope. :)
Sep
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Sep
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comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
good point about cutting. I've had to trim ends of 2 of my ropes when the sheath damaged by being loaded over an edge - once was on a stuck rope, another time was from ordinary sport falls. Everyone remember to inspect their ropes for damage. :)
Sep
13
comment What are “Aggressive” climbing Shoes?
:) OK, fair enough.
Sep
13
comment What are “Aggressive” climbing Shoes?
"The accepted answer will have Pics"? Kind of a harsh tone for something you could have easily Googled yourself.
Sep
12
answered Are used climbing shoes safe?
Sep
11
comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
I don't have any internet based resources to back this up, but my personal observations is that its easier to give / get a fluid belay with a smaller rope. On the other hand, thicker ropes minimize the distance you fall. I personally use a 9.8mm as a general purpose cragging rope (sport or 1-3 pitch trad climbs). The 9.8mm is significantly easier to give a perfect belay with than a 10.2mm. I use a pair of 8.5 half ropes if I'm doing a long multipitch, or if I need to tie two ropes together to rappel down.
Sep
11
comment How big a fall is a “major” fall?
+1. Most of the 10-15' falls you'd take sport climbing don't count as "major falls".
Sep
10
comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
what kind of leading are you doing? There's no one right answer to this question. Sport? Trad? Mountaineering? Ice climbing?
Sep
10
comment How to inspect climbing bolts?
I forgot that there are places where otherwise good bolts can go bad. Apparently limestone + salt water == chlorine gas == steel bolts corrode quite quickly.
Sep
10
comment How to inspect climbing bolts?
Good point. Talk with other climbers and / or climbing groups in your area.
Sep
5
comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
Can you trace these recommendations to advice from major climbing training guides? Links? Stress balls may provide an adequate warm up, but don't come close to the strain of supporting your weight on your fingers. On the other hand, door jam pullups and finger tip pushups can be extremely strenuous for beginners or non-athletes who are trying to get into climbing. I'm not saying you wouldn't get some strength from these exercises, but that these would either only make minor contributions, or be very injurious for a beginner.
Sep
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comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
I'll second this. Most training guides (Eric Horst, others), will caution against the use of finger boards unless you're ALREADY leading 5.12 or bouldering V5. And that's a pretty advanced standard.
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