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Kayaks vs canadians (canoes) from a beginner's perspective

In Canada, at least, we do distinguish between kayaks and canoes, and those are the words I'll use for the contrast here. To first make sure there's no confusion, have a look at the articles in ...
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Semi-static rope 24 hour rule

Yes, it is accepted practice to wash new Semi-Static rope (or Single Rope Technique/SRT Rope as it is known by cavers). Dave Elliot is a highly respected SRT expert, and he wrote the CNCC Rope Care ...
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In canyoning, [why] do people skip a backup prusik?

Canyoneering has one major danger that is not (normally) one in mountaineering: water. If you get stuck abseiling along/in a waterfall and end up hanging in the waterfall, you can drown. An "engaged" ...
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In canyoning, [why] do people skip a backup prusik?

Canyoneering presents different risks than rock climbing because water is involved This comment on another post shows why water is an important factor (emphasis mine): Canyoneering with an ...
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Can rock climbers easily transition to canyoning?

The disciplines are very similar, and it is very easy for a climber to make the transition because they already have experience with ropes, but there are a lot of canyoneering specific skills and ...
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Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents

The American Alpine club publishes this data for North America annually, though it's unlikely to cover all accidents. One of the best visualizations of this data I've found is from Steph Abegg: ...
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Bolting Canyons, can your bolt be under water?

This got me curious, & using Expansion anchors in construction applications got me looking. While I couldn't find anything specific to climbing applications & submersion, I did find a ...
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Kayaks vs canadians (canoes) from a beginner's perspective

The big difference between canoeing and kayaking is the cargo capacity. Kayaks might have small hatches to store gear in, otherwise you're stuck with what you can lash onto the top of the kayak (or ...
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Semi-static rope 24 hour rule

They shrink, apparently. For example, Beal's Precautions says: Before first use, soak the rope and leave to dry slowly. It will shrink by about 5%. Take this into account when calculating ...
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Can you float-treat a rope?

No, because whether a rope floats or sinks is dependent on its specific gravity (which in turn is dependent on the materials used). [...] Those with SG [special gravity] greater than 1 are denser ...
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Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents

I don't know of a source for Europe, but The American Alpine Club published "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" annually. Published annually since 1948, Accidents in North American ...
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Good canyon (or canyoning) websites

I often use ropewiki. I'm not sure what they have listed globally, but they have really great write ups on lots of canyons in the US. Includes detailed information on the approaches (length, ...
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What's the best way to self-arrest on a sandy slope?

If you have a hiking pole you can use it for self arrest. Keep the strap around your wrist. When you fall, hold that hand away from the ground. With your other hand, grab the pole a few inches from ...
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Can rock climbers easily transition to canyoning?

I was trained in SRT for vertical cave access before I began canyoneering. I've gone out with many people who have made the transition from rock climbing and there's a few things that they typically ...
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What to look for when purchasing a ~70m rope for canyoneering?

You need to be looking for semi-static rope, as used by cavers for SRT, usually of thickness between 8.5 and 11.0 mm. It's normally sold in 200-metre reels, though most retailers will cut to a ...
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What's the best way to self-arrest on a sandy slope?

A walking stick might help, but I think your best bet is going to be to sprawl out flat and dig your hands as deep into the sand as possible. Sand is not like ice. You can self arrest on ice because ...
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Places for canyoning in England / Wales

Disclosure: I founded Big Blue Adventures There's some epic canyoning activities or day tours / weekends for groups based around canyoning in Wales with Big Blue Adventures. Gorge walking is the ...
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