Duct Tape – How do you use it?
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You perhaps have seen the movie Apollo 13 where Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris and Bill Paxton team up to save the ill-fated mission by improvising a carbon dioxide scrubber using spare parts and duct tape.
Duct tape was first used by the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II to keep ammunition cans sealed. It has also been used on at least two instances in space flight. In addition to its use on Apollo 13 duct tape was used on the Apollo 17 mission to repair a damaged fender of a lunar rover while on the moon.
Interestingly enough Wikipedia also mentions that duct tape can be used to immobilize an astronaut if they are experiencing “acute psychosis”.
Perhaps we will never need to restrain a psychotic climb team member and we will most likely never need to make a carbon dioxide scrubber from the spare parts in our climbing pack but we have improvised many repairs and fixes with duct tape that have certainly saved our day or climb.
There are tons of uses for Duct Tape. How has duct tape saved or made your trip better in the mountains?
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