Darren
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What advantage does the what3words coordinate system have over other, traditional systems?
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They don't really pitch it as a replacement for lat/long, but more postcodes and street addresses. A building number and postcode can (and has, IME) have an entrance on a different street, under a ...

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Can anyone just go ahead and install a rock climbing bolt?
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Yes and no. Of course anyone can go and drill a hole in some rock, but without the land owner’s permission you risk getting into trouble, possibly even prosecution for criminal damage or, if where you ...

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Identify this insect found indoors in Ireland with a double tail and antennae
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This is, I believe, a silverfish. This is the picture from the Wikipedia article; A silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) is a small, primitive, wingless insect in the order Zygentoma (formerly Thysanura). ...

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Is this harness defective for having the belay loop around the belt webbing instead of the tie-in loop?
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It certainly looks unusual, and the only Climb X harness on the Go Outdoors website (although it looks like a different model) shows the belay loop going round the tie-in loop, just like every harness ...

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Are 3 days to recover from a surf lesson too many?
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I’d say three days is at the extreme end of recovery time, but as others have said, you might be using new, untrained muscles. My opinion, and speaking as a climber who has never surfed: you shouldn’t ...

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Why would placing bolts on a trad climbing route make it inconvenient to climb?
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It’s not about making it more or less convenient. It’s simply about different styles and wanting to preserve the “original” style of climbing (trad in its current form isn’t really much like what the ...

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In outdoor sport climbing, why are bolts placed so far apart?
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Largely it depends on where it’s safe to place a bolt. In indoor walls it is easy to place bolts regularly spaced apart, outdoors it depends on things like the quality of the rock (no good putting a ...

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How do I know the local ettiquete on lowering vs. rappeling?
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UK/Europe answer (I know the question was US-centric, as are the answers, but other countries are available): For a single pitch sport climb I have never seen or heard of it being etiquette to abseil ...

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Which way is which on the Wild Country variable controller belay device?
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Actually, having looked at the manual online it makes more sense than I remembered. Having the active rope pass through the broad end provides more friction than if it is inserted through the thin ...

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Unknown map symbol
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Nothing appears there on the satellite view, although the tree cover could well be concealing whatever it is. My best guess at the moment is that this is a fictitious entry that is added by ...

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Why do the GriGri and rope tie into different points on a rock climbing harness?
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It does depend on the type of harness. Some don’t have separate tie-in points, particularly entry level harnesses used by indoor walls. Harnesses are built to be bomb-proof where it matters and a ...

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Where can I find videos of rock climbing competitions?
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The British Mountaineering Council has a website and YouTube channel called "BMC TV". There are numerous instruction videos, interviews and clips of competitions. https://www.thebmc.co.uk/articles/...

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How would you describe "leading a pitch" to lay people?
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I don’t think you need to distinguish between leading, seconding, top roping or whatever. As you state, the terminology is meaningless to most non-climbers. Even top-roping a low grade pitch can look ...

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What to look for in learning resources
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Your best bet is to learn by doing from like-minded people. Either a paid-for bushcraft course from a recommended or well reviewed supplier, or find a local group on Facebook or somewhere for people ...

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