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comment What happens if I inadvertently set off a personal locator beacon?
If you should accidentally activate a PLB in an area without phone coverage, you should get to phone coverage as quickly (and safely) as possible. Rescues take some time to initiate, and you may be able to avoid some unnecessary work on their part.
Jul
23
comment What are creative uses for retired carabiners?
Be aware that the plastic lid connection is really flimsy. I've had quite a few of them snap or roll off, so I generally attach some thin cord around the neck of the nalgene, and clip to that.
Jul
23
comment What are creative uses for retired carabiners?
That seems like it would be difficult with a proper carabiner :).
Jul
23
comment What are creative uses for retired carabiners?
I completely agree that the only way to really retire unsafe climbing gear is to destroy it.
Jul
18
comment An adjustable length knot for 2 lines and a carabiner for easy suspension
That carabiner looks like it would hold up exactly once, I'm sure the OP will figure that out and replace it with a proper-sized carabiner :)
Jul
18
comment Knot to turn cord into loop (load bearing)
I'm not a big fan of that alternative name because of the connotations it brings :). Agreed, dressing it well (pulling on each pair of strands) is key.
Jun
26
comment Travelling and taking climbing chalk through customs
Agreed; I have flown with chalk in both carry-on and checked luggage. Don't carry on a nut tool, however!
Jun
4
comment Anchor without cordelette?
Welcome to Outdoors.SX! Very interesting anchor, I hadn't seen that one before.
Jun
3
comment How should a climbing rope be stored?
Here are three links that recommend washing ropes in washing machines (including one from Sterling, who makes ropes): sterlingrope.com/faq rei.com/learn/expert-advice/rope-care.html ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=202
Jun
3
comment How should a climbing rope be stored?
Then we shall agree to disagree. Good thing we don't store each others' ropes :)
Jun
3
comment How should a climbing rope be stored?
Welcome to outdoors.sx! Please clarify that you mean 50C, not 50F :). Also, I believe it is more correct to say that "the strength of frozen wet nylon is lower" than "frozen, wet nylon tends to break".
Jun
3
comment How should a climbing rope be stored?
Disagree with #3; I was my rope all the time, often in the washing machine.
Jun
2
comment How high to climb before clipping on a sport climb?
In most cases when sport climbing, #3 (hitting the deck) is the only thing we really care about. Many exceptions exist.
Mar
27
comment How to pull one's partner from a crack/crevasse when skiing?
Crevasse rescue is a complicated skill that is far too important to leave to a few questions on stack exchange.
Feb
6
comment Roping together on an icy path?
I agree with you, trekking poles won't work for self arrest (BD does make a whippet trekking pole but that's just weird). However, one or two trekking poles can help you keep your balance and prevent a fall from happening. I think it all depends on the terrain you are traveling on, different tools for different places.
Feb
4
comment Preventing cross-loading on belay carabiners
The BD gridlock instructions clearly show the proper way to attach a Gri-Gri is to 'reverse' the carabiner (larger loop on the belay loop): 3rd row, 2nd column demandware.edgesuite.net/aakn_prd/on/demandware.static/…
Feb
3
comment Hauling a pack during climbing
@andy, Welcome to outdoors.sx! I think that is a perfectly fine way to go for short sections (I've done this many times before), but I probably wouldn't want to do that for a full pitch, especially with a heavy pack.
Jan
17
comment Planning a Trip with strangers
I see. My only recommendation would be to try finding a partner online that lives in the same city, so that you can train together and make sure you're both skilled enough (don't forget the other person is probably just as wary of you!).
Jan
16
comment Testing waterproofness of outdoor apparel
I was thinking somewhere in the middle. For example, one might have an old pair of boots that should be waterproof, but didn't perform during a hike. It could be the Waterproof/Breathable liner has a hole, or it could have been sweat from exertion. I'd like to isolate the effort component and focus on the garment.
Jan
15
comment Sandpapering Finger Tips
I would re-order your list; sanding down calluses and other protrusions is (to me) much more important.