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Q&A Why is the official guidance to entirely detach fall protective gear before moving from a mechanically elevated platform to a tower?

While taking the certification course for working at height, the official recommendation for moving from a cherrypicker / crane device to a tower was to completely detach your fall protective gear ...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Why is (almost) no one climbing hard routes on Half Dome?

I follow the international rock climbing scene, and we constantly hear of repetitions of hard routes on El Capitan. On Youtube, it is possible to find many videos of strong climbers from all over...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by valerio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Can you Rappel with an Old Climbing Rope?

I received an old climbing rope, whose history is unknown. I know this rope should not be used for any situations where a fall is possible since it may have already sustained one. However, can it ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jesse Yishai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Statistics on types and survivability of anchor failures?

The most recent (2013) edition of Climbing Anchors, by Long and Gaines, makes some interesting statements in the preface about catastrophic failures of anchors. Long first says that: when belay anc...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Ben Crowell‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Have a couple basic Q's on climbing-line (1 on safely descending/rappelling, another on using multiple lines and/or hardware to achieve "1+1=2"?)

Hoping to ask a couple basic Q's before my order arrives, I suspect I may've gotten insufficient gear.. 1 - Is doubling-up ropes, or hardware, ever acceptable in climbing? IE, my 8mm prusik cord ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by WantToClimb‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to take care of climbing hands?

Being a climber one aim is to toughen up your hands (related: How to toughen up hands?). Building up callused skin is important but how do you keep it? Having dry hands especially from the climbing...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Wills‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of Rope for a Bosun's Chair

I'm going to make a bosun's chair to lift me 40 ft in the air to a tree platform (with at least a 6' clearance, so closer to 50'). Of course I would like the right type of rope with the right tensi...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Jesse Yishai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A If the Dawn Wall had been climbed before, why was the 2015 attempt so difficult?

There's a lot of talk in the media about Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell's free ascent of the dawn wall of El Capitan. This wall has been climbed before, but this is the first time it's been fr...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Question about climbing in "A Line Across the Sky"

I've been watching "A Line Across the Sky" which is a short-ish movie about Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold doing the Fitz Roy traverse. During which Tommy Caldwell mentions Alex doing a 1000 and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Morten Nissov‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Micro-Fractures in Climbing Equipments

I have always been very careful while handling climbing gear. Last year while returning from an expedition, I met a group that was returning from a tough-looking climb. They were selling off a few ...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What&#x2019;s the main appeal for climbing outdoors?

I am a long time gym climber, and I climbed outdoors for a couple of times. I fail to understand why climbing outdoors is more appealing than climbing indoors. If the goal is to climb harder, whi...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user3667089‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are "fall-arrester" devices used in climbing/mountaineering?

I came across an interesting looking device on the Petzl website. As per the description, the mobile fall arresters follow the user automatically as he moves, whether on an inclined or vertic...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Earliest in the year one could deep water solo in Majorca?

I'm planning to go deep water soloing in Majorca as soon as weather conditions will allow it, I don't mind cold water as long as it's reasonably warm outside (~20°C). Since I'll probably be travel...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Alberto Zaccagni‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Historical data about rock climbing / bouldering ascents

I am always interested in the history of rock climbing. Lately, I tried to collect data about male and female first ascents to visualize progression in rock climbing over time (I have a small blog ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Arne‭

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Q&A How to make it easier to untie a figure-8 knot after finishing a climb?

If you tie a figure-8 knot while rock climbing and fall a few times (especially if they're dynamic lead falls), the knots will become so difficult to untie that you sometimes have to use a carabine...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by JonathanReez‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Cotton climbing pants with a zipper pocket (outdoor rock climbing use for small female climbers)

the "politicised" debate of female clothing not having pockets (it is especially about skirts and dresses) left aside, I wonder if there are any cotton climbing pants left on the market that have a...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by canIchangethis‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are full body harnesses uncommon in mountaineering?

In principle, it is known that full body harnesses are useful for situations where the center of gravity is higher - e.g. for children, or for Alpine situations involving carrying heavy loads. A fu...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What counts as on- or off-route while outdoor climbing?

I did a few sport climbs this week, and on two, it seemed that the area between bolts was just blank, and if I went to the side it was easier. I could still reach the bolts, but I was afraid I was ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by endolith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What knot was used by my mountain guide to tie me in to the middle of a rope?

Twice now I have been out winter hiking with a guide and another person and I'm trying to work out what knot they used to tie the middle person onto the rope. Let's say the guide is in front, my c...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by tonicsoft‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there GriGri-like devices that support auto belay rather than assisted belay?

An answer to a related post mentions that: It's worth pointing out that these are assisted and not auto belay devices, you can't just not pay attention and expect them to work. Does this mean...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JonathanReez‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make rock climbing more challenging without changing to a more difficult route?

Sometimes when setting up rock climbs for people you will have climbers of various abilities and yet not have enough resources to set up enough climbs so that everyone has something that is hard en...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would top-roping in this limestone quarry be reasonable?

So there's this limestone quarry that looks like a beautiful place to rock climb. It's about 40 feet high, and the top is easily accessible and has many trees that look like they'd make fine top-r...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user42541‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Transferable skills between rock and ice climbing

I would like to understand if skills/experience gained in rock climbing are going to be useful in climbing steep ice/hard-snow. Of course the gear as well as techniques involved in either are diffe...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Jelly Knees while climbing

I have been climbing for more than 10 months now. I had been climbing regularly for 6 months before, unfortunately, I had a 2-3 months break from climbing. When I have gotten back to it now, I find...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by nGlacTOwnS‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Guide mode ATC with locker to belay loop

So just questioning some advice I received once: When in guide mode when belaying a second from above, is it ok to take the locking carabineer and attach it to your belay loop? The primary benefit...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Daniel Harvey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I get little durable cases you can hang on your climbing harness?

On longer climbing sessions I like to keep my cell phone close by, but most of the time I have no backpack with me. So I would like to pack the cell phone in a little case that I can put on my clim...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andreas Schwab‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why would you climb hard bigwall projects in Yosemite in winter?

One of the hardest routes on El Cap, The Dawn Wall, was done by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in January 2015. What are some of the reasons to choose to climb such a hard route in winter, when ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I get my fingers and toes warm before rock climbing at cold temperatures?

I've had now a couple of days when going rock climbing while the temperatures are below the general comfort zone (meaning below 6 °C/ 43 °F). When starting to climb, my fingers got cold rather fas...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user4120010‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why does my hand skin continue to crack and peel for days after rock climbing?

I've been having a problem where my hand skin starts to crack and peel on extended climbing trips and I can't get it heal, even by taking several rest days in a row. Instead, it just gets worse and...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by ntc2‭

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Q&A How is an attempt defined in sport climbing?

I started to track my finished routes and I cannot find anywhere a definiton of an attempt. Of course if I try to send the route, give up in falf, go down, have a snack and then go again and finish...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Filip Šotola‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the best way to carry a dslr camera when rock-climbing?

I am interested in hearing how people take their dslrs (digital single lens reflex camera) onto multi-pitch-rock-climbs. I have carried mine up in a small pack, but I end up taking hardly any pictu...

7 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a good way to be kept up-to-date with climbing gear recalls?

In the last years, there were a few occasions when companies would put out recalls on their climbing gear due to manufacturing defects. For example, Black Diamond recalled some improperly riveted c...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by anderas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you use a rope that has been in storage for a few years?

A guy I'm talking to about buying some rock climbing gear is getting rid of his stuff cause he hasn't used it in five to eight years. He said it wasn't used a lot, maybe 5 to 6 times, and he said n...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by user2916‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to descend a few exposed scrambling moves with minimal equipment?

I plan to visit a summit which involves a few hours of easy scrambling, with a slightly more technical part at the end, which is very short (2-3 m) but exposed. I expect no problems on the way up b...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by anatolyg‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean rock-climbing shoes?

I have never found a good answer to this one: How do you clean rock-climbing shoes, without ruining them? Let me be more specific. I have a pair of modern leather-and-fancy-rubber climbing sho...

11 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by theJollySin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How hard is the East Buttress route on El Capitan

I am relatively new to climbing, and so far I have only done bouldering climbing. The hardest route I have climbed is a V5, and I am a solid V4 climber. My question was, to anyone who has climbed E...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Caleb Williams‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When clipping into quickdraws, is it dangerous to pass a finger through the gate?

When learning to sport climb, I was taught not to pass any of my fingers through the gate of the carabiner when clipping into a quickdraw. Lest any of my fingers get stuck and degloved in the case ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Moormanly‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is belaying with a hip belay unsafe?

It has been suggested to me in a comment, about an answer of mine that suggests using a hip belay, that: There's a reason ATCs, plates, GriGris, etc got popular: they're safer. I know I stopp...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by StrongBad‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to belay top-rope climbers who are ascending quickly?

Some of my climber friends are pretty fast climbers with a speed of about 20s for a 10m long route. The really fast ones use auto-belaying-systems seen on speed climbing competitions. Those auto-...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andreas Schwab‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do sharpies or markers damage soft rock climbing gear?

I have been writing my initials onto the dogbones (webbing connecting biners) of my quickdraws with a sharpie (permanent marker) so I can tell them apart from everyone else's. Recently, one of my c...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Moormanly‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the term for completing a climbing route uncleanly?

If a climber completes a route without using their protection that is called sending. What is the term if one completes the route but had to depend on the rope either for a rest or for a fall? Le...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is belaying a lead more difficult than a top roped climber

Assessing potential lead climbing partners for competence and safety asserts that a lead climb belay is more complicated and has higher potential for a serious accident over a top rope belay. I...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to look for in climbing shoes?

Having just completed my Boulding induction at a local rock climbing gym, what requirements should I look for in a pair of my own climbing shoes? Assume here cost is not a primary factor.

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why go without socks with climbing shoes?

I've been going climbing (indoor bouldering) for about six months, using shoes I rented at the gym, and wearing socks (and everything was fine). I've recently got a pair of climbing shoes, and want...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Eyal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why don't climbing professional use all their fingers on small holds?

Why do climbing professional use less than 5 fingers on some holds? From https://www.lagrimpe.com/abc/le-mono-ou-bi-doigt/ I mean, why don't they put the other fingers, even if they don't quite...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mathieu Krisztian‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a utility / method to organize trad gear so that each piece is immediately accessible?

When preparing for a trad climb, I usually divide my rack into separate groups where each group is connected to a single carabiner. So for example all the small nuts go into carabiner 1, middle ran...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nina Kaprez‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Cycle of actions and voice signals on a multipitch climb

When climbing multipitch, what is the cycle of things you do when climbing each pitch, and what are the associated voice signals?

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ben Crowell‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can a Gri-Gri work if the cam is prevented from engaging?

Based on comments on this question. If the moving cam on a Gri-Gri is prevented from engaging (perhaps by a belayer firmly holding onto the device), can you still brake effectively? By "brake eff...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by jhch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?

I'm a beginning climber and am trying to resolve conflicting instruction related to tying into my harness. During a recent outing a friend (an experienced climber, but not an instructor) was show...

6 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by STW‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are known failure modes of the auto-braking mechanism of Grigris?

Disclaimer first: The brake-hand principle (always hold the braking strand of the rope) always applies to assisted braking belay devices, including the Grigri. This question is in no way targeted a...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by imsodin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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