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Jan
10
comment Rappelling from tree
Sorry, but rappelling directly off a bolt is not the accepted practice. Always leave a carabiner: they're called "leaver" biners for a good reason. Threading the rope directly through the hanger can damage the rope and the hanger.
Dec
4
comment Why are these acceptable and safe anchors?
Keep in mind you should still inspect the ring for wear & tear before trusting your life to it.
Jul
31
comment What would happen if I use a USA (GMRS/FRS) two-way radio in Europe?
I found the Swiss frequency allocation here: bakom.admin.ch/themen/frequenzen/00652/00653/index.html?lang=en
Jul
31
comment What would happen if I use a USA (GMRS/FRS) two-way radio in Europe?
Good point @MichaelKjörling. I am in Switzerland, but my hope is this question (and hopefully its answer) would be useful to all Europeans.
Jun
5
comment Belaying two seconds?
Have a great time and be safe! The other techniques are worth experimenting with on the ground (or a staircase) a few times once you feel comfortable with managing two ropes.
Jun
4
comment Belaying two seconds?
When starting out, it's much easier to belay one climber at a time and wait for them to reach the belay before belaying the last climber.
Mar
19
comment How to tandem rappel/abseil with a child?
+1 for don't drop the baby twice :). Practice close to the ground (even a moderately steep hill will do) the first time.
Mar
19
comment Does sleeping with liner shoes make you feel colder?
+1. Dry socks and a big meal are the best things you can do to keep your feet warm all night long.
Jan
19
comment V-threads (Abalakov): How many holes are too many?
That sounds like a great question in its own right :). Basically, there's a difference between equalization (all forces spread equally) and no-extension (if a piece fails, things don't move very much).
Jan
19
comment V-threads (Abalakov): How many holes are too many?
@aaaaargZombies - I agree with an edit but disagree with your wording: if the backup is equalized then it's no longer a backup (it's now part of your rappel anchor). The video's exact words are "relatively taught to minimize shock loading" (5:14), and I'll add this to my answer. However, that is very different than equalized.
Jan
18
comment V-threads (Abalakov): How many holes are too many?
Not falling on ice is a good mindset. For a discussion of why ice climbing is not rock climbing (and why you should really never fall), see this link: willgadd.com/ice-climbing-is-not-rock-climbing. Will Gadd states that in 30 years of ice climbing he's never taken a lead fall.
Jan
2
comment Climbing Insurance
Well put, the first insurance (and safety line) is yourself!
Dec
31
comment Chaining locking carabiners
It seems the question about lockers is getting lost in the question about the rappel extension... Perhaps you can edit so there's a single clear question (I could see chaining lockers being used elsewhere). Personally I think it's a bad idea to carry that many locking biners. If the sling doesn't work for you, carry an equivalent length of 7mm cord and tie it into a Purcell Prussik.
Oct
25
comment How to overcome fear of falling in lead climbing
+1, progression is key. Don't be afraid to start by taking many "almost-lead" falls where the rope is clipped above you.
Oct
16
comment How to make DIY ice axe protectors?
That's exactly what I do (tennis ball + garden hose). Welcome to Outdoors.SX!
Sep
25
comment What to look for in an ice axe for use in classic alpine terrain?
One benefit of foregoing a leash is that it's much easier to switch hands (for example, when zig-zagging up a slope). I agree it's wise to use a leash when starting out.
Sep
22
comment Major fall, same for static and dynamic?
Welcome to Outdoors.SX!
Sep
18
comment What are common climbing techniques for strongly overhanging walls and roofs?
+1 for the teddy bear on the harness, -1 for bouldering with a harness on :).
Aug
21
comment Lowering off from anchors vs. rappelling after a climb?
For cleaning the route, I would agree (but some wouldn't!). I do use "in direct" often if I'm working a sport route and want to hang on a bolt to rest (clipped in direct to give my belayer a rest).
Aug
20
comment Dealing With Sap On A Tent
Welcome to Outdoors.SX!