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


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reviewed Approve suggested edit on When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
Apr
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comment When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
Something else occurs to me - it seems like you have a series of basic questions on setting up a rappel. Do you own a climbing book, like this: amazon.com/Rock-Climbing-Anchors-Comprehensive-Mountaineers/dp/… or this: amazon.com/Rock-Climbing-Mastering-Mountaineers-Outdoor/dp/… ? I forget which book covers which topics, and don't have my copies with me. But, I think you should get a book on trad climbing, and read it (and re-read it). :)
Apr
30
comment When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
FWIW, I think this friend you climbed with gave you a string of incorrect advice. These are common mistakes, so its possible this is just what someone told her once. :(
Apr
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comment When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
There are a couple of questions here. Could you split them into a question that says "Can I girth hitch my belay loop?" and "do I run my rappel carabiner through both tie-in points?" FWIW, the answer is "no" to both.
Apr
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revised When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
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Apr
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comment When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
Did I answer your question? I don't understand what you mean by "halving the rope".
Apr
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answered When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
Apr
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revised What is the correct way to attach an autoblock to your harness for rappelling?
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Apr
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answered What is the correct way to attach an autoblock to your harness for rappelling?
Apr
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comment What is the correct way to attach an autoblock to your harness for rappelling?
for clarity, can you confirm that "autoblock" and "french prussik" are the same knot, and are distinct from a regular prussik? (I have used an autoblock for years, but didn't hear the term "french prussik" until now).
Apr
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comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
Good questions? Fishing may be an exception. You're right about the lakes being stocked. I'd be cautious about firewood - fires are restricted in many parks out west (some legal, some not). On the east coast, people are discouraged from taking firewood out of the county where they found / bought it, to reduce the spread of invasive species.
Apr
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revised What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
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Apr
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revised Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
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Apr
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comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
@BenCrowell - do you think I should change my answer? I meant to just capture the idea that it would be safest to have food all in one place, not to get into details of bear behaviors... you probably know more about them that I do, I've hiked in the Sierras a couple times, but several years ago.
Apr
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comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
oh, it seems like we do. They don't have them anymore in California, but it looks like there are some in Idaho and Montana.
Apr
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answered Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
Apr
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comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
Ah, I understand. Yes, I see why you may have the suspicions you do. I'd say that I feel the regulations about canisters are generally a good idea.
Apr
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comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
They can see the food canister, but can't open it (or pick it up to carry it away) If you set the canister on the ground away from your tent, the bears will sniff and claw at it for a while, then give up and go away. If it had been in a pack, they would have ripped the pack apart. Likewise for a tent or a car.
Apr
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comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
Bears are gigantic animals that weigh hundreds of pounds and have a better sense of smell than we can fathom and are capable of destroying packs, tents, cars, breaking bones, and ripping our flesh apart. but they're also not generally aggressive, and mostly harmless if you follow the rules when you're in their world. :)