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Cutting Face Masks with Fabric Straight Knife Experiment


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Dop Kits and Tool Bags


Shiny heavy duty reinforced vinyl with huge #10 zippers and wide webbing handles. Great for tools or an extensive shaving/beard kit. Hang them from a coat hook in the bath or from a nail in the garage. Aprox. 350 cubic inches in volume. Get ’em here. Free shipping in USA.

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Rebuilt vintage chalk bag and added loop to climbing harness


Took my worn Strawberry Mountain Chalkbag and replaced the center bellows with new Cordura, added a zip pocket for rap rings, mini knife and such, replaced the carabiner loop with a buckle and web.

Added a web gear loop on the back of my harness that fits the web on the chalk bag to eliminate a carabiner.

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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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Tall tent pole from two trek poles and 3 straps


Three straps are included with the pyramid tarps. With these you can make a long pole for setting up a pyramid tarp using two trekking or ski poles. Using adjustable trekking poles makes the tarp pole adjustable too.

 

two poles 3 straps

Strap thru wrist loops

Layout other straps

Buckle and tighten center strap around poles

Tighten all straps

Place tip protector on pole end

Tip end to protect tent fabric

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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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LInk to making mini containers from bottle and jar caps.


“What? You don’t save the plastic lids from bottles & jars? What were you thinking? Check the recycling. Now. How else to carry a few vitamins, or cough drops or whatever, without a whole lot of bulk or the risk that the tinfoil will open in your pocket?”

 

Mini containers made from jar lids.

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