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Back in the day Trad Climbing Humor


Written in response to a question on the MountainProject Forum.

“does anybody else use lockers to rack your cams so you don’t drop them while climbing?? when you rack up for the pitch, just remember to check all of them are fully locked. when black totems are like $115 a pop, i want to make sure they stay safely on my harness.

for anybody else that does this, do you prefer screw locks or double/triple action lockers?? thanks”

Lap Link

History of the lap link in rock climbing.

Chouinard’s invention of the Rugby shirt birthed an explosion of off width climbing. Those developing such, soon ran into problems racking gear. In the tight confines of the cracks and chimneys, the long Perlon on the Nuts would dangle down below the Swami belt and tangle with the spring on the Stitch Plate, coming loose. This presented a safety concern not only for the leader, but also for the helmet-less followers of St Yvon’s aesthetic philosophy. Socks worn inside beenies and chalk bags under bandana’s were no match for a number 10 Hex descending from on high.

Lap links came on the scene. One could smash them closed with a wall or alpine hammer, fixing the gear to the gear sling. They were pried apart with a bit from the bolt kit or a knifeblade piton.

Innovations followed.

Bill Forest came out with Tetons. Slung with webbing instead of thick static cord, they didn’t require such wide openings to un-rack.

Yvon introduced the Super Long Dong, then the Crag Hammer for extra prying leverage.

Greg Lowe swaged a little keeper cable on the link for use as a belay plate. (citation needed)

Then the lap links limitations started to be apparent. Some of the first instances of anxiety over micro fractures in climbing gear had the campfire discussions and mental health counseling sessions hopping. REI dropped them from their catalog after rumors they were culturally appropriated from Northern Scandinavians. The last nail in the seam for the lap link came when Ace Hardware released a warning regarding galvanic corrosion when racking Copperheads and Pecks.

Climbing in some long forgotton Rocky Mtn cirque or on some friable desert basalt column, you may still come across one of these bits of history.

Attached to an old lead sleeve lag bolt or hanging from faded SuperTape or quarter inch Goldline, left as a rappel ring by some long gone climber backing off something too scary to finish. If so, pause for a moment ——-and replace that sucker with some new gear rated for climbing.

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Drawcord Bivy, in the wild.


Drawcord Bivy in the Wild. James S. Photo

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How to replace a zipper slider


Usually the first part of a zipper to wear out is the slider. The metal wears away over time and no longer pushes the zipper teeth together. Replacing the slider is often a simple matter and takes only a blade or seam ripper and a needle and thread. If you have an Oware product with a worn out slider, contact me and I will send you a new slider for free. Here is a couple of videos on replacing a slider on a bug bivy.

Zip slider replacement Part 1

Zip slider replacement a part 2

 

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Half bag/overbag


Using some pre quilted hollow fiber insulation and some Camo surplus nylon, sewed up a half bag. Fits over my down bag and ties to the side loops so it won’t slip off in the night. Allows extra insulation and weather resistance with minimal weight. My down jacket can serve as insulation on the top half.

Weighs 17 ounces.

synthetic half bag

synthetic half bag

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TP tip


On many Outward Bound courses, toilet paper was left at home and local natural items substituted to cut down on backcountry environmental impact. In some desert environs, where the most popular substitutes of snow or vegetation weren’t available, toilet paper was carried and then burned or carried out. It should be obvious (but unfortunately not to all) that burning toilet paper is a great hazard in forest fire conditions, so carrying it out was then prefered.

In some damper times and places, burning works well. Here is what I like to bring (in addition to using snow and other substitutes). Weighs 23 grams and is enough for 2 weeks.

Tiny cuben fiber stuffsack lined with thin plastic for water tightness.
14 half sheets of paper towel (more durable than tp and burns readily)
7 feet of jute cord

I cut a 6″ section of the jute cord and fuzz it up and use it to catch a spark from a mish metal flint which then catches the paper towel and with care will burn the whole thing to ash.
TP

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Oware Drawcord Bivysack Review by ireviewgear.com


“This bivy is great and just what I was looking for and affordable, water resistant yet breathable bivy that will work really well for my 3 season sleep system. After using it quite a bit I really have come to like the draw top closure and not having to worry about an ultra–light zipper snagging on the fabric. It is very simple and does exactly what I need it to do.”

Read more at

http://ireviewgear.com/cool-gear/oware-drawcord-bivysack-review

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Bivysack prototypes,


Bivysacks

Prototype
one with cross chest zipper $45 postage paid

Regular length with room for thick mattresses.
Olive silnylon 30d waterproof fabric on bottom.
Silver grey durable water repellent 30d top.
Noseeum netting at face.
#3 cross zipper with two double sliders.
Line Loc 3 to pull out fabric over face.
Tie out at head and at foot.
74″ wide at chest
88″ total length flat
Weight chest zipper version 7 oz.

Needs the seams bound, serged or heat seared to prevent fraying.
Great price for a roomy light bivysack if you can do a bit of finishing.
paypal or call with credit card info
888-292-4534
do@owareusa.com


Cross chest


inside hem

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Neo Bivy Now available


Now here. New bivy with side zip and room for a Neo Air pad along with a thick down bag and you.

Various fabrics.

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http://shop.bivysack.com/product.sc?productId=101&categoryId=2

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Rescue Bivysack/VBL


Used by Search and Rescue Skiers as a compact and quick tool to get a wet person out of the wind and wet. Wind and waterproof coated nylon sack stops evaporative and convective heat loss for the whole body in a super tough and compact 7 ounce package. The orange colors make a good signaling device and wind sock. Dimensions 85″ length, 71″ shoulder girth, 48″ inch foot girth. Can be compacted to fist size. Also works well as a roomy vapor barrier liner inside a sleeping bag to prevent condensation in the insulation.  Silicone coated 30d type 66 nylon in either blaze orange or black. Group discounts available. Call 888-292-4534 for more info.

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Cat Tarp, the original


CatTarp TM

Home of the backpacking tarp with the catenary cut to the ridgeline. And the first ones made of silicone coated nylons and Cuben Fiber TM laminates. We coined the term “cat cut” to describe and differentiate this new feature on our tarps from others on the market.  By using this curve, it takes stretch and bag out of the fabrics and enables the tarp to be a “hummer not a flapper” with fewer tie outs and stakes in high wind.

Others may have copied the name, descriptions, even drawings from Oware.   Not all tarps with “cat” in the  name are made the same way or have 26 years of tarp making experience and goodwill behind them.

Dave Olsen

Oware

See them here

http://shop.bivysack.com/category.sc?categoryId=7

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