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How to Mark the Middle of the Rope? How to Mark the Middle of the Rope?

I've dealt with several ropes now that are not marked in the middle. In fact most ropes I use now days are not marked. So this makes finding the middle take more time. I had a mini conversation with a guy at a store called "Bent Gate" which he said that marking the rope with a marker can reduce it' strength over time or something like that. I admit I don't quite understand why. So ...
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Hiking when sick

thoughts on hiking when you're down the cold or a mild flu...some sniffles, sore throat etc? do people around here power through it or take a weekend or a few days to rest? if you do end up climbing something, do you ever find that it sets back your illness?
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Pros/cons of PAS for use at belay/rap stations?

I have been using a Metolius PAS for securing myself at belay/rap anchors but I have read some disturbing things about fall-forces when using same-sounds as if you can take a fall serious enough(even of a couple of feet!) to possibly pull the anchor or suffer other physical injury?

I try to make sure that I completely load the PAS to eliminate any slack, but I am wondering if there is a better way ...
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newbie question belaying from top with setback anchors

Sorry, this may be a dumb question!

There is a pretty easy top-rope climb a really short drive from my office that has fixed anchors at the cliff top. They are set back a ways from the edge, and there is a nice ledge a few feet down the cliff that you can stand on to start your rappel or belay from. I've usually belayed my partner from below and then he belays me from ...
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What is your Alpine Rope?

I know this is a can of worms as evidenced by the thread less than a year ago in the California forum which explored the same topic. I recently climbed North Palisade with a friend and we opted to climb the 4th class crack/face just west of the chimney. My friend brought a 8mm rope of some kind, twin or double, and a very thin rack. He led way off route and we ended up ...
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Prusik knot, single handed

How long has it been since you tried to tie a Prusik knot (triple sliding hitch) with one hand ?
I haven't done this since the exam, have to try it again! :lol:
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Bailing due to impending bad weather.

I have bailed more times than I have completed my scheduled back and front country climbing agendas. Lately, that includes my scheduled guiding gigs.

99% due to impending weather situ's/forcast. Looking back, am glad that we/I made the decision to do so as every time the forecast came true. Many of those turned out far worse than what was originally forecasted.

I have this terrible allergy towards lightning and getting nailed by it up in ...
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Free new Climbing Trainer for iOS and Web

Me and some friends (climbers and climbing trainers) have been busy developing a climbing trainer application for iOS and the web.

I'd love to have you guys try out our beta when it debuts in September.

We are providing two methods for building training sessions, a manual system which is totally free and an algorithmic system which is by monthly subscription.


Thanks for taking a look!
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You train for mountains?!

I like to think that I'm in good shape but spent the last month or so on a fishing boat in Alaska and that completely took away my mountain legs. So give me your one month hard training for big mountains. 8,000m big. Have access to the Cascades, Squamish & Sierra.
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Training Plans for Mountaineering

As a cyclist, we often train with fixed plans and workouts from coaches. I haven't noticed any coaches for mountaineering and climbing, but I am planning on taking a year off, maybe to climb all of the European Country highpoints. To train for the trip I am looking for coaches and training plans. Are there any coaches that can give me training plans, or is that unheard of? Thanks.
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