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By T Howes
From Bozeman, MT
Nov 3, 2012

some of you are trying to ruin this thread...

now to get back on track,
www.mountaingear.com/webstore/Gear/Balance-strength/Green-Ge>>>


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By EvanH
From Boone, NC
Nov 8, 2012

Rope protectors: Very useful for long drops, caving or general localized rope protection. I use a Spirol when rigging fixed lines to take photos mid-climb. The Caterpillar is a more modular system designed for very specific uses. I've seen them used frequently by police rigging rappels over the edge of a roof. I also know they get used regularly when rigging long rappels over sharp edges.

Approach shoes: Really? Love mine.

Bi-Wire biner: Pretty useless for climbing. But I have a couple in my gear bag for work. When you're running a large-bore drill while hanging 50' up in a tree, its nice to know that the tether won't unhook from your harness loop.


My vote goes to the ATC-Sport and the Bionic-8.

Oh. And the Hand Jammies.


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By RockinOut
From NY, NY
Nov 8, 2012
Gear

Rick Blair wrote:
Ummm no. Approach shoes are far from useless.



Pretty sure I can make any approach in a pair of old sneakers....


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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Nov 8, 2012
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.

RockinOut wrote:
Pretty sure I can make any approach in a pair of old sneakers....

OK, well, you might not want to come climbing here... You probably can make most approaches without sticky rubber, but then again, you might rope up a few pitches before most people.
Approach shoes are also great for 'scrambles' (IE running car to car on the 1000' first flatiron in under an hour.) In sneakers at that pace = dead or scared 1/2 way to it.


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By Aric Datesman
Nov 8, 2012

EvanH wrote:
Oh. And the Hand Jammies.


Speaking of Hand Jammies, I seem to recall seeing a set of Mad Rock sticky rubber finger condoms at Waterstone@NRG years back that they couldn't *GIVE* away. I was kinda tempted due to missing half a finger and needing some protection on it, but still took a pass.

BTW, here's a link to a 2009 thread on ST about them to prove I'm not crazy.... www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=835175&tn=0

Edit- Better yet- a pic!


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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Nov 8, 2012
modern man

Aric Datesman wrote:
Speaking of Hand Jammies, I seem to recall seeing a set of Mad Rock sticky rubber finger condoms at Waterstone@NRG years back that they couldn't *GIVE* away. I was kinda tempted due to missing half a finger and needing some protection on it, but still took a pass. BTW, here's a link to a 2009 thread on ST about them to prove I'm not crazy.... www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=835175&tn=0 Edit- Better yet- a pic!


hey I bet the forum ladies man from vegas could use these as normal condoms


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 8, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Aric Datesman wrote:
Speaking of Hand Jammies, I seem to recall seeing a set of Mad Rock sticky rubber finger condoms at Waterstone@NRG years back that they couldn't *GIVE* away. I was kinda tempted due to missing half a finger and needing some protection on it, but still took a pass. BTW, here's a link to a 2009 thread on ST about them to prove I'm not crazy.... www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=835175&tn=0 Edit- Better yet- a pic!


These things are life savers!


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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
Nov 8, 2012

Can someone explain the point of the Kong Frog thingymabob?


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 8, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Will S wrote:
Can someone explain the point of the Kong Frog thingymabob?


no, they are pointless.


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By PRRose
From Boulder
Nov 8, 2012

Will S wrote:
Can someone explain the point of the Kong Frog thingymabob?


It has a relatively stiff quickdraw and pincer like claws that snap closed when pushed up against a bolt. It facilitates awkward and/or almost out of reach clips. It's also easy to rig up a stick clip with the Frog. Downside is that it's heavy.


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By waltereo
Nov 9, 2012

Another single rope belay device from edelrid

edelridna.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29>>>




the description is SOOOO wrong :

"The synthetic cover prevents the annoying "jingling" on the harness and protects your skin from burning after a prolonged belay or rappel session."

How can you burn yourself after a prolonged belay session ????

Rappelling is GENERALLY on double line rope !!


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 9, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.


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By Rob Davis
From Brooklyn, NY
Nov 26, 2012

I nominate Magnitron Gridlock to this thread. It's a combination of two gimmick devices (gridlock, magnetron), both of which are solutions to problems that don't exist, and both of which add so much expensive to what should be a really simple piece of equipment: a locking carabiner.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 26, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Rob Davis wrote:
...both of which are solutions to problems that don't exist...


Actually the Gridlock works really well at keeping the locker from flipping around and loading the gate of the locker when you belay from the belay loop. That used to drive me insane before I got one. Sure, they are pricey, but I'm sticking with them. Not sure about the magnet thing since I tend to burn through lockers with all of the sand at grit at my local crags, so that's a bit too much coin extra for a gate lock.


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By Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
Nov 26, 2012
How I Send

Haven't you people been paying attention - It's obviously a screamer!


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 26, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

You not only like dubstep, you listen to brostep, don't you?


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By Cor
Nov 26, 2012
black nasty

Oh Tits, screamers are more useful than these new Mammut
harness shorts for a small price of $199.95!

I am sure you could pick up a ton chicks if you wore these to
the bar after climbing!


Most useless piece of gear.
Most useless piece of gear.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 26, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

That useless single slot ATC sport climbing think BD makes ended up at the crag on Saturday on my friend's harness. Apparently her son's climbing team provided them. WTF?! This is unacceptable.


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By Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
Nov 26, 2012
How I Send

Cor wrote:
Oh Tits, screamers are more useful than these new Mammut harness shorts for a small price of $199.95! I am sure you could pick up a ton chicks if you wore these to the bar after climbing!


That would then make them useful - your argument is invalid.

dubstep - good one. That must be the most useless type of music.


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By coldatom
From Cambridge, MA
Nov 26, 2012
Jurassic Park

I like the Gridlock for TR setup since it won't turn and cross load. I don't see the use for it while belaying. It's pretty easy to keep a biner oriented properly when its right in front of you. Plus the gate makes it annoying to get on/off your belay loop.

Rob Davis wrote:
I nominate Magnitron Gridlock to this thread.


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 26, 2012
OTL

coldatom wrote:
I like the Gridlock for TR setup since it won't turn and cross load. I don't see the use for it while belaying. It's pretty easy to keep a biner oriented properly when its right in front of you. Plus the gate makes it annoying to get on/off your belay loop.


Minimum cross-load rating is 7kn, right? If your TR 'biners experience more than 7kn at any point, you're doing it wrong.


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By Rob Davis
From Brooklyn, NY
Nov 26, 2012

Matt N wrote:
Minimum cross-load rating is 7kn, right? If your TR 'biners experience more than 7kn at any point, you're doing it wrong.


this is why I don't understand cross-loading-proof biners. if you aren't paying attention enough that you are cross loading at belay then you need to pay better attention, if you still do and cross load, it's still 7KN! on tr you'd be hard pressed to create 7kn of force on one biner.


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By MSBriggs
From Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov 27, 2012
My profile photo after a ridiculous day on the Jawbone with Garon Coriz

My vote:
Prusiks are awesome, but not so much these


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By waltereo
Nov 27, 2012

MSBriggs wrote:
My vote: Prusiks are awesome, but not so much these

+1

at 20$ a piece, it is 10 times more expensive that buying a 6 mm cordelette by the meter !!!


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By Kai Larson
From Sandy, Utah
Nov 27, 2012
Tour Ronde North Face

EvanH wrote:
Oh. And the Hand Jammies.


I love Hand Jammies. Easier and more effective than tape gloves.


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