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What is the minimum amount of gear that would allow one to ascend a climbing rope?
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There are a few options: No gear: Actually even with a free hanging rope you would not need any gear (assuming you can hold your own weight with just your hands) using the russian wrap. It does ...

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Is there a good way to be kept up-to-date with climbing gear recalls?
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I think one of the most comprehensive lists is maintained by the UIAA: https://www.theuiaa.org/safety-standards/recalls/ EDIT3: It seems to be working fine again. EDIT2: Currently there are no ...

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How do you lower a backpack over a cliff without damaging it?
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If you're going to lower your backpack that way I think you will have to expect it to get some bruises. However there is gear especially designed for situations like yours: In bigwall climbing (that ...

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Does it feel colder than before if you warm yourselves up and go out in the cold again?
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EDIT: Please also read the other answer, which tells you why wrong (well perhaps not for 100% of the cases=) This is just my experience: I would warm up if I felt cold and had the opportunity to do ...

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What ropes could I use to suspend a hammock?
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The strength is dependent mainly on the angle between the two ropes form, on which the hammock is hung, and the weight you want the hammock to support. For a traditional hammock the angles of the ...

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How can one tiller a bow without a tillering tree or similar wooden device?
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(First of all: I'm not used to the english words here.) I think tillering trees refere to the contraptiosn you do mount on walls / something standing upright, using a string and a pulley. But you can ...

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Why static rope rather than webbing for toprope anchors?
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In addition to the other answer I'd like to add that ropes are way safer than webbing in a scenarion where it actually comes in contact with rock. This is the case in top rope anchors when you have to ...

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What is the correct way to attach a rope to a harness with carabiners?
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Two answers: If you are climbing toprope, then you connect the rope via locking carabiner to your belay loop. You do not have to expect high forces. If you are leading you should tie the rope ...

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Double Mariner Mechanical Advantage
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7 votes

One very easy method to determine the MA of a pulley system is the T-method: You assume that you pull with one unit of tension. Next you assume each contiguous section has the same amount of tension ...

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Rapelling an overhang
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I'm not aware of any special technique, as it mostly does depend on the actual situation. If you already rappelled quite a length, then the force pulling you to the rock might not be to great anymore,...

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Knot for adjusting the length of a loop using both ends of a cord
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In addition to @Mike's excellent answer I'd like to suggest replacing the barrel knots of the double fisherman's with blake hitches. If properly dressed and set this will prevent the loop from sliding ...

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Quickest / most efficient way to ascend a hanging rope with rock climbing gear?
6 votes

Now after I got some answers I'd like to post my own observations: The most 'efficient' method I found so far with out using foot ascenders is using two conventional ascenders/(or prussiks/tibloc etc)...

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Can I use a blue plastic tarp to float my vehicle across water?
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In addition to previous answers: Consider the center of mass. The "modern" car usually are quite front heavy (quite often the engine, gearbox, clutch etc. are all in the front) in contrary to the ...

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Is there a type of binoculars to view both nature reserves (birds, etc.) at a distance, and airplanes?
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(As addition to the other answers) This also depends on whether you're going to use a tripod or not. If you're not planning to use a tripod, I recommend getting maximum a 10x magnification, which is ...

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How to set up my snowboard binding for the backcountry
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Like a lot it comes down to preference. Assuming from your current setting you do not ride fakie/switch a lot. (Then something like +12°/-12° would more appropriate, and the following paragraph would ...

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What equipment is used to "groom" single track hiking and biking trails?
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I just have experience in maintaining Hiking trails: You usually work in groups, and if the location cannot be reached using any motorized veicles, we distribute our tools among ourselves (nobody has ...

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Is there a rule of thumb, how many fps is added per missing grain of the arrow?
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I do not know any rule of thumbs but I do have some knowledge in physics and math, so lets see what we can do with that=) Let's assume the energy that is put into an arrow is independent of the ...

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How to correctly wear a backpack
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As bryophyte4 already said: The weight should be on your hips. Here's how I do it (for big backpacks): Loosen all the straps Put the backpack on, buckle and tighten the hip strap such that all the ...

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Is there any evidence that attaching a biner to both seat and leg loops results in a 3-way load?
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I can only agree with the previous answers that clipping into the tie in points just increases the risk of the carabiner not being loaded as designed. And there have been accidents of carabiners not ...

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