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Dave Thexton's picture
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Sep 2nd 2015
Hi Shannon, It's completely safe. Sometimes you might even want to set up certain quickdraws this way to make them easier to clip or even to avoid the gate of the carabiner opening against the rock. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 31st 2015
Hi Jaylin, Although these two kits are both intended primarily for crevasse rescue, they are slightly different products. The key difference is that that the Rescyou isn't a complete kit and still requires the Alpinists or ski mountaineers, to carry an additional rope and some climbing gear with them. That said, the Rescyou has two advantages over the Petzl Rad system. Firstly, the pulley ratio is 6:1 compared with Petzl Rad's 3:1 meaning you are much more likely to be able to lift a limp body out of a crevasse (although it will take a lot longer).... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Louise, The devices look very similar but the key difference lies in the cam. The ropeman 1 has an aluminium cam which makes it lighter but as a result can't be so intricately designed. The ropeman 2 has a steel cam which is strong enough to allow Wild Country to inlay it with small sharp teeth, similar to the petzl tibloc. The consequences of the teeth mean that the ropeman 2 works with a greater range of ropes, from 8-13mm, whereas the ropeman 1 is only intended to be used with ropes from 10-13mm. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 31st 2015
Hi Camella, The composition of different brands of chalk does differ somewhat although, the main ingredient in all climbing chalk is always Magnesium Carbonate. Many climbers have a "favourite" brand of climbing chalk while others think its pretty much all the same. Perhaps you could compare your own chalk to your friends to see if you can tell the difference? Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Louise, Unfortunately not. There are however, some work arounds. The most simple is to leave your chalk bag at the bottom of your project and simply chalk up before climbing. If you are feeling particularly affluent, then you could buy enough chalk bags so that the first one to take the plunge will have dried out by the time you are falling off with the last. Another method I have heard of, is to cut the bottom off a 2L plastic bottle. If you attach a string to this section of bottle then you suddenly have a quick to dry, re-fillable, wearable chalk bag/bucket! Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Elly, Liquid chalk is certainly growing in popularity; while I wouldn't go as far as saying it is "better" than regular chalk, it does keep your hands dryer for a longer time period. Many climbers use liquid chalk in addition to normal chalk, applying the liquid chalk at the beginning of their session but keeping their regular chalk with them to "top up". On hard red points for example, using this method a climber shouldn't have to dip into their chalk bag so often, wasting less effort and increasing their chances of success. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Hasse, If you mean removing chalk from holds at your local wall then your best bet is to use a brush. If however, you are talking about holds that you own then there are three tried and tested methods; soaking them in acid (or vinegar), pressure washing them or putting them in the dishwasher.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 31st 2015
Hi Joan, A normal chalk bag will more than suffice. If you're unsure you will have enough chalk then just fill your chalk bag a little fuller than normal, or even take the bag your chalk originally came in. Hope that helps, Dave

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