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I'm not 100% sure I'm understanding all the details, but here's my take on this. This seems like a really dangerous thing to do. A prusik is never guaranteed to hold. Sometimes a prusik needs to be tinkered with, dressed, etc., to make it hold. It should never be the only thing standing between you and the long ride. Your method of unweighting the anchor ...


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I would be worried that high enough heat to kill an insect might damage the tent too - not to mention that with the bulk of material and the impermeable nature of it, you are likely making it a fire risk with heat build-up. I would instead do the opposite - put your tent in the freezer! Freezing is quite effective at killing many insect pests. Ideally you ...


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It is the soap that is the problem, not the the dirt washed out. This site Even Biodegradable Soap Can Pollute Water Sources says We really need to clear up some misconceptions about biodegradable soap. There are many people out there with good intentions who are using biodegradable camp soap or shampoo when camping or backpacking thinking that it is good ...


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Try scrubbing with a toothbrush. In addition to scrubbing, push the toothbrush bristles through the mesh. Wipe the bristles off when they poke out the other side, otherwise you pull the same gunk right back into the mesh when you remove the brush. If the toothbrush seems helpful but not quite the right type of brush (bristles too soft, not long enough, etc) ...


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First, I agree with @Weather Vane that "it is the soap that is the problem not the dirt washed out." Carrying that further, unless you are going directly to a formal or business function from the trailhead (unlikely!!) you can get a shirt clean enough so that it feels crisp and smells clean and looks pretty good without using soap at all. This ...


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Is this likely to be a health issue? No, it is very unlikely to cause ant health issues. This isn't mold, it's mildew. Mold should not be able to grow on silicone (the material of the outer sheath of the valve). Mold is a penetrating fungus, and needs a porous substrate to grow, this is why you've never seen mold on a window before. Mildew grows on surfaces ...


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Much depends on how frequently you use prusiks. Back in college when i was caving a lot, we used prusiks tied in 1/4" Plymouth Goldline using a 9/16" chunk of goldline as our ascent/descent line. I never had an issue, nor did anyone in our group. For those of you unfamiliar, Goldline was a very hard lay stranded rope. As stranded rope, it was ...


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Outcome: I soaked this intake filter piece in bleach for a few hours (not sure how much difference that made; it looked less grungy but still partially blocked), rinsed it well, then gently scrubbed it with a nail brush under gently flowing water. The brush bristles were too big to poke through the very fine filter mesh, but that didn't seem to matter and ...


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I have used natural fiber rupees, hemp and jute, for a number of years for yoga type activities where repeated handling of the rope is common. What I have always understood is that "industrial" rope, such as that you would get from hardware stores and the like, is manufactured using some chemicals that are not healthy over time. Of course, buying ...


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