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Should overweight people ever climb?

Should overweight people climb? If they want to, then yes of course they should. I don't have any hard fact to back it up, but I do know a few climbers that are slightly overweight and have ...
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At what angle should an ice screw be screwed into the ice?

All of the resources that I can find say that it should be done with the screw tip pointing up and the hanger below with up to a twenty-degree angle from horizontal. Contrary to what you ...
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Is there a way to find out the age of climbing ropes?

In the end I have contacted the manufacturer, and received a detailed answer surprisingly quickly. So turns out, that the last 2 digits of the batch number are the year of manufacture. E.g. ...
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How do I tell if this single climbing rope is still safe for use?

I have always been told that if you are not sure a climbing rope is safe it is deemed unsafe and should be discarded, and many people do it in such way it can never be used for climbing anymore. You ...
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Why would you climb hard bigwall projects in Yosemite in winter?

I just finished Caldwell's book Push. The big walls in Yosemite are essentially vertical deserts. Even in winter they're in the full sun much of the day. It would drop below freezing at night, but ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

I was a tennis instructor for about 10 years. Here are a few things from my experience that can become problems for you with learning through videos. 1). You have to retain everything that you watched ...
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How can someone fall 3m to the ground while top-roping & how to prevent it?

If you're top roping on a 14.5m climb, 10% stretch* in the 29m of rope between you will be up to 2.9m. In practice there's less rope than that between you, but if there's a little slack in the rope on ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

I can answer only from experience from learning ice-skating, swimming and tennis. No video can tell you what you are doing wrong. For that, you need an experienced instructor. And not all ...
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Should overweight people ever climb?

I'm fat, and I climb. Now to be fair I climb indoors and not up the side of a mountain, but some of the problems I face would tend to be the same. Also I climb for fun. It's a much better workout ...
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What are the benefits of learning to climb outdoors rather than indoors?

In your specific situation where it is either start climbing now indoors or in spring outdoors, that alone is reason enough to prefer indoors. Then there are the following already mentioned benefits ...
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What is the point of belay glasses?

Like it says in the other comment, these glasses are to be used when belaying so that you don't have to tilt your head up. The lenses are made of a prism-shaped glass that bends the light in such a ...
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What are the measurable prerequisites of strength and/or flexiblity for starting to climb in a climbing gym?

I am going to say that there aren't any. I have always heard stories of big beefy guys who can a zillion pull-ups getting out into real climbing and then realizing that there are very few features ...
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Is it polite to ask other climbers to belay for you?

My answer is "don't ask". It's not so much that it's "impolite", but it's an imposition to them and potentially dangerous for you: Belaying can take quite some time, so you're asking the person to ...
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How to instruct someone how to take off a climbing harness?

Been there, done that, it's far more worrisome when you have to show them how to put the harness on and then have them test that it's tight enough. And like you said, you really don't want to touch ...
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How should I vet belayers? What should I look for?

Be observant If you go to the gym often take note of who the regulars are and their general abilities. You aren't going to know everyone's name but you might get a rough idea of their capabilities. ...
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What are the measurable prerequisites of strength and/or flexiblity for starting to climb in a climbing gym?

If you can climb a ladder, you can start rock climbing. You won't be doing crazy stuff unless you get more practice and go often enough to build strength, but there will be routes you can work on. ...
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Should overweight people ever climb?

You could ask the similar question "Most runners I see aren't fat, so is it wrong to start running as a massive guy?" Of course the good and really good climbers are most likely on the thinner side ...
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Can you Rappel with an Old Climbing Rope?

You probably should not use it any more. Old ropes seem to be surprisingly strong. A German mountaineering magazine made tests with old ropes. Of 14 tested ropes, 10 would still have been strong ...
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Why does suspension trauma happen?

Most climbing harnesses support the majority of your weight, if freely suspended, around the tops of the thighs. While the waist belt may be designed to take the brunt of loads in a fall once you are ...
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How safe is a chest harness when used without a sit harness?

TLDR: Never ever use a chest harness alone. It depends on what you mean by effective: It can stop a fall, there was a time (before the seventies) when chest harnesses (alone) were used in ...
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What is the strongest knot using a steel-thimble to make a steel-eyelet at the end of the line?

The absolute strongest? That would be an eye splice. It's the most effective and strongest form of making an eye in a rope and it's what the thimbles are designed to work with. It's nigh on ...
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Is there a way to find out the age of climbing ropes?

The only way I know of would to be to cut a small section off of one of the ends and then dissect it. Inside of the sheath next to the core strands should be a tracer thread and identification tape, ...
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How realistic is a ceiling crawl/cling, can it actually be done?

The first is clearly fake - look at the person standing on the ceiling to the left. Not a problem as it illustrates what you're looking for. I have a photo of my daughter in a similar upside-down ...
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Rapelling an overhang

I was thinking about this question while rappelling over an overhang this evening with my little girl and payed attention to exactly what I do: Plant your feet on the edge of the overhang, keep your ...
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How dangerous is it to climb a via ferrata alone?

The overall risk comparison between being alone or in a group can be split into parts: falling: no increased risk This is obviously independent of being in a group or soloing as climbing on a via ...
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What extra gear to take up a multipitch climb?

There are two main schools of thought: the "fast and light / light is right / rope, rack, shirt on your back" camp and the "be prepared / safety first" crowd. When taken to ...
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What is the point of belay glasses?

Belay glasses are (in Europe) so common that they are basically now part of the standard gym/crag equipment, just like an autolocking belay device. In some places, it can be rare to see someone ...
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Why is the "alpine style" of climbing not as popular in the Himalayas?

TLDR: Because its much harder that way and the extra altitude of the Himalayas makes it that much more difficult. Alpine style refers to mountaineering in a self-sufficient manner, thereby carrying ...
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What’s the main appeal for climbing outdoors?

To me, and I'm no climber, this is about outdoor activities in general. You could equally ask why people kayak in the wilds rather than going to the artificial whitewater centre that's always reliable,...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

@AnoE's answer is pretty much bang on, but there are two main elements that you can't learn by watching videos; stress management and improvisation. I've taught numerous people to climb outside, and ...
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