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By Em Cos
From Boulder, CO
Nov 1, 2012

Jake Sahl wrote:
Absolutely useless: www.rei.com/product/718303/black-diamond-camalot-c4-cams?pre>>> Who needs to protect a handcrack?


Twos aren't hands for everyone.


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 1, 2012
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Gotta agree with Tim on this one:

"Kong Frog"

Yeah! Like I really NEED a few of those...


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By Kenan
Nov 1, 2012
Shelf Rd

Another absolute necessity:

www.rei.com/product/719270/spiroll-rope-protector


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 1, 2012
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"Another absolute necessity:

www.rei.com/product/719270/spiroll-rope-protector"...



I'm heading to REI to buy a few of those as well!

LOL!


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 1, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Locker wrote:
Gotta agree with Tim on this one: "Kong Frog" Yeah! Like I really NEED a few of those...


Nonsense. I have a full rack (baker's dozen) of these bad boys. And 7 on extendable slings. They're super awesome. Wouldn't dream of using anything else.


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By Rick Blair
From Denver
Nov 1, 2012
This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I think it works quite well, depending on rope thickness and sheath quality, it belays very smooth.  Great to lower with.  You gotta love over engineering.  $3 at a gear swap!

Scott Jones wrote:

Useless, are you kidding? These are awesome, definitely need to show these off around town. Maybe I'll run into a girl with the skirt version.


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 1, 2012
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"Nonsense. I have a full rack (baker's dozen) of these bad boys. And 7 on extendable slings. They're super awesome. Wouldn't dream of using anything else."



As Xmas tree ornaments?


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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Nov 1, 2012
At the BRC

Locker wrote:
"Another absolute necessity: www.rei.com/product/719270/spiroll-rope-protector"... I'm heading to REI to buy a few of those as well! LOL!


They're two feet long, so I'm gonna need about 100 of them to protect my whole rope...good thing I don't have a 70.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 1, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

You guys are jerks. I'm guessing you think my trad rack is lame too?:

jamalots


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By Joe De Luca
From yucca valley
Nov 1, 2012
railroad gin v0 FA. JOE DE LUCA

how about plastic nuts - set of eight

shop.gear4rocks.com/en/nuts-stoppers/plastic-nuts-set-of-eig>>>


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By Rick Blair
From Denver
Nov 1, 2012
This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I think it works quite well, depending on rope thickness and sheath quality, it belays very smooth.  Great to lower with.  You gotta love over engineering.  $3 at a gear swap!

Dude, show some respect
Review of www.Gear4Rocks.com set of 8 plastic stoppers.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 1, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Rick Blair wrote:


I was just thinking that this was actually kind of a good idea...


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By MattL
From Boulder, CO
Nov 1, 2012
me

Another absolute necessity: www.rei.com/product/719270/spiroll-rope-protector


I would agree that this item is worthless to 99.9% of the public, however I have run into a few instances where I kind of wish I had something similar. While rappelling off of a single 70 meter rope to clean and suss out a new multi-pitch route, I jugged up afterwards, and to my horror the rope sheath had been completely worn through to the core by a seemingly harmless blunt rock bulge.

In the process if jugging out, the rope (which was dynamic) bounced up and down over a bulge, allowing the coarse granite surface to saw its way through the sheath. I quickly slid my ascender above the visible white core (while dangling 300 feet off the deck), thanked baby Jesus and all things that are holy, and came back next time with towels to wrap around the rope over that bulge.

Of course, many may say the best option is just to use a static rope to clean and suss out new routes, but being a poor college student, a $10 sheath like this seems like a cheaper alternative.

Yes, I know...poor ethics on my part for rapping the route and not doing it ground up. :p


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 1, 2012
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"You guys are jerks. I'm guessing you think my trad rack is lame too?:

jamalots"




I personally can't give you any shit for that one, because I carry thirty of those on my rack.


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By Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Nov 1, 2012
When I was a bum at Frey

Cam extractor. Bam


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By BoulderCharles
Nov 1, 2012

www.alpinist.com/doc/web11w/ms-ss-drilling-time

And at only $1,500, who isn't going to have this on their harness?


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By Peter Blank
From Grand Junction, Colorado
Nov 2, 2012

These things seem useless.
m.undercovercondoms.com/p/productphotos/25-2_display.jpg


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By Jason N.
From Grand Junction
Nov 2, 2012
Indy pass

MattL wrote:
Another absolute necessity: www.rei.com/product/719270/spiroll-rope-protector I would agree that this item is worthless to 99.9% of the public, however I have run into a few instances where I kind of wish I had something similar. While rappelling off of a single 70 meter rope to clean and suss out a new multi-pitch route, I jugged up afterwards, and to my horror the rope sheath had been completely worn through to the core by a seemingly harmless blunt rock bulge. In the process if jugging out, the rope (which was dynamic) bounced up and down over a bulge, allowing the coarse granite surface to saw its way through the sheath. I quickly slid my ascender above the visible white core (while dangling 300 feet off the deck), thanked baby Jesus and all things that are holy, and came back next time with towels to wrap around the rope over that bulge. Of course, many may say the best option is just to use a static rope to clean and suss out new routes, but being a poor college student, a $10 sheath like this seems like a cheaper alternative. Yes, I know...poor ethics on my part for rapping the route and not doing it ground up. :p


This. I've run into quite a few occasions where being able to protect the rope adds some peace of mind, primarily while aiding/jugging. That said, there are probably cheaper alternatives to be found at the hardware store but $10 isn't terrible.


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By Steve86
Nov 2, 2012

Anyone who is knocking rope protectors hasn't spent a lot of time aiding or jugging fixed lines. There are other solutions (re-belays, etc.) but having a lightweight protector in the haul bag is certainly nice.

edit for a missing word.


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 2, 2012
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"Anyone who is knocking rope protectors hasn't spent a lot of aiding or jugging fixed lines."


That's because many of us are busy climbing on rocks instead of ropes...

;-)



EDITED:

No disrespect meant to AID climbers...


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Nov 2, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

the arcteryx sport-coat:

veilance.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Jackets/Liminal-B>>>


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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Nov 2, 2012
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background

Yo Momma'99 wrote:
ropebuckets! those things are totally useless. belay gloves are useless too....unless u r Stallone in Cliffhanger...

Obviously not an aid climber.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Nov 2, 2012
Bocan

Ben Botelho wrote:
the arcteryx sport-coat


For some reason that whole "collection" just makes me sad.


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By frankstoneline
Nov 2, 2012



because we needed obsolete technology, lighter!


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 2, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Yo Momma'99 wrote:
ropebuckets! those things are totally useless. belay gloves are useless too....unless u r Stallone in Cliffhanger...


I use belay gloves... something about a ton of powered aluminum on my skin doesn't sit well with me ever since my grandfather died of alzheimer's:

bluh?

I know it's not confirmed and could just be psychological pro, but hey, they keep my hands pretty and my mind clean.


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