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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?
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When I was hunting, I found that the best way to keep my fingers warm, while still allowing me to free them for delicate manipulation (loading a magazine, etc) was to wear "convertible gloves" - that ...

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What is the point of belay glasses?
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In addition to the other excellent answers, it's worth noting that many belay glasses have a slight (~1.25x) magnification effect, which sometimes makes it easier to work out small details on the rock ...

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Why don't climbing professional use all their fingers on small holds?
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A few things not otherwise mentioned in other answers: Grip depends on how much pressure you can exert via your fingers. Often times it is not advantageous to just get as much skin on there as you ...

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How to belay top-rope climbers who are ascending quickly?
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If they're top-roping (or when you need to pull in a LOT of slack lead belaying) you can take your hand off the load side and put both on the brake side. Then you can pull hard and straight away from ...

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How to painlessly remove gunk left by tape gloves?
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Any detergent-based soap will work best to remove things like oils and adhesives. Gojo and similar brands are a reasonable choice, and the added pumice lets you scrub a bit harder. Something like Dawn ...

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How do I fold in / tidy up the straps on my rucksack?
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What I've done before is to place an elastic hair tie on the end of the strap, then just roll the strap up with the hair tie in the center, making a spool around the hairtie. Then you just double up ...

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What's a good resource for learning to tie knots for climbing?
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Knots and Ropes for Climbers by Duane Raleigh is a fantastic illustrated resource tailored specifically to climbers. The ABoK is great, but a but beyond the pale of what the average rock climber needs ...

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How can I safely practice trad climbing?
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Another alternative that may be appropriate to areas where sport routes and trad routes do not coincide is to top rope while mock leading. You have your belayer put you on belay for a top rope set up, ...

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Best sun protection for swimming
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When considering the 'best', at least for sunscreens, it's important to consider where you're buying, and why you're buying in that market. The FDA is far behind other nations in sunscreen ingredient ...

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