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Jul
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revised Why do many climbers appear to not trust their belay loops?
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Jul
19
revised Why can't a Figure-of-8 descender be used for SRT?
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Jul
17
revised What to teach someone who wants to start lead climbing?
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Jul
17
revised what to do with the lap coiled rope if the belayer wishes to lead consecutive pitches
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Jul
17
revised What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
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Jul
17
comment What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
+1 - esp your personal experiences with bad blisters. That's something people can learn from. Thanks.
Jul
16
comment Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
Also, I've met people that are much better than me at complex applications of duct tape and moleskin, and would like to see what other people had to say.
Jul
16
comment Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
Thats a good point. But I think its complex enough to warrant its own question and answer. If you want to rack up points for asking it, go ahead. :) (assuming there isn't a question about that already).
Jul
15
revised What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
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revised What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
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Jul
15
revised Hardening the skin on the whole body (not only soles)
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Jul
15
comment What style of camelback hydrating systems exist out there?
FWIW, you may want to look at the "military" versions of camelbacks. I've found them to be slightly sturdier than the ones they sell at REI. You can also buy a military version bladder / drinking tube, and put it in a regular "civilian" pack.
Jul
15
answered What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
Jul
15
answered Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
Jul
15
revised Hardening the skin on the whole body (not only soles)
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Jul
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answered Hardening the skin on the whole body (not only soles)
Jul
15
comment Hardening the skin on the whole body (not only soles)
purely within climbing, I found it better to just tape my hands up, and spend my time working on technique, rather than spending the hours a week working on my skin. My $0.02.
Jul
15
comment Hardening the skin on the whole body (not only soles)
you need to be careful with this. Instead of building callouses, you may get an abrasion and wind up building scar tissue (which is weaker than regular skin). In rock climbing, there's a technique called "hand jamming", where you use your hands as wedges to climb a crack system. I have met old climbers out West with crazy callouses on the back of their hands. But whenever I try and climb hard hand-cracks without athletic tape, I just scrape myself. As a weekend warrior, I don't think I could duplicate the lifetime of climbing it would take to slowly build those calluses.
Jul
15
comment Why can't a Figure-of-8 descender be used for SRT?
I may be wrong, but is this a caving question? Should we add the "caving" tag?