Ron D K.wrote a question about MSR Alpine Long Tool Spoon on February 3, 2018
Could I dismantle and reassemble an MSR stove and pump with this tool spoon?
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I have a bad neuropathic condition that has begun to effect the front and bottom portions of my feet. I can't hike far as I used to and I bought a climbing harness to use with my inversion table to take the pressure off my knees and ankle joints (while stretching my spine out) which are somewhat destroyed from years of abuse. After getting the harness I tried some easy routes with a great climber friend of mine and found that the exertion didn't leave me feeling any worse than I normally feel anyway. In fact, the mere fact that I was accomplishing something helped alleviate a depressive point I was entering. I still have a rough time on my feet but getting on a cliff, even an easy one has taught me about the reverence I've seen in climbers eye's and has allowed me to approach small goals and feel the same acceleration of success. I have more fun even playing around just a few feet up, than I have in a few years... I've fallen in love with the rock!
Could I dismantle and reassemble an MSR stove and pump with this tool spoon?
Small enough to carry to the top on those shorter climbs where you might want to carry some extras like lunch, 1 inch webbing and anchor building supplies. Mostly, just a comfortable top loader that does everything it was designed for well. No daisy chain webbing down the back... no problem. Just string some cord between the tie ins and you can hang whatever you want. Two loops off the bottom... I use one for my hammer whose tether is girth hitched on my harness. Basic bolt kit and drill holder are inside the pack every climb... just in case! Still room for lunch, windbreaker, webbing, and a couple of beers to sit back and enjoy the view at the top. Great pack!
I really like this ascender. It has different teeth than a Tiblock which don't seem as though their as aggressive on the rope. They are so small that you can carry a set in your pocket or attached to a couple of carabiner for emergency use. These and a couple of good sewn runners are perfect for moving around on your rope if you get stuck. Just their small size makes them a go everywhere item which means that you won't be pulling them from your rack because their to big...
I just bought the model down from this one as I couldn't see any difference. Both have the same load ratings as well as the crappy double back buckle. Why 5 star? It is just plain comfortable. That with the 10 KN loops and 12 KN haul loop and I think its perfect with the exception of the fastening system... again, then why 5 star instead of 4... it really is comfortable. I'm 5' 10" and weigh about 210. It feels as comfortable as my old BD big wall harness. That big wall rig is twice as wide. Yea.. it was a hard decision but with comfort like this I can put up with the old, antiquated buckle... but it was almost a 4 star non the less.
I've since dropped the ascender out and kept the kleimheist knot in. The grigri has proven reliable. Notice I've taped the grigri so that it can't shift on the carabiner and cross load. I test my self belay set ups by jumping off the back of my truck which I back up to the rock. I also use an ATC for self belay (pic's there too) but I like the ease of lowering off with the grigri more. I have more confidence in the ATC at the moment as it doesn't need to be taped or held into any specific position to catch you... I really like them both.
I love this thing. It has endless capabilities and is a solid and secure platform for belay (either self,top rope, or seconds from anchor) and finds a lot of use on my rack.
I use this setup for self belay. A prusik in case of a failure, and it works great. Just hard to lower with my 250 lbs on it. I have since hooked a nice lanyard for that issue.
This is set for a two rope rappel...
A lot! If I had the dough, all my nuts would be DMM.
I just started aid climbing and I love these things. I have a set of old tech friends as well as a set of C4's. I'm covered for most any crack size but I will be buying another set of these for the really little cracks. The area I climb most is small cracks and a second set of these will round out my rack just right. I've actually hung off the grey one.... these are bomber. I am going to try the small Metolius before my next purchase though.. not because I don't like the C3's, I just have heard that Metolius builds their stuff here in the US and that has been gaining some importance with me and the way I feel about Global Corporations and how bad they have F'd up our economy and enviornment. But I do have a feeling that these are going to be hard to beat..
I keep most my equipment on this sling when I'm not wearing it. You aren't limited to clipping just on the formed loops. You can clip on the sling behind them, or in between them, or at either end of them. I have a hell of a lot of weight on mine when I'm not climbing. I pick the whole thing up and kind of layer it into my pack for storage in between climbs. I have been getting more cams and am about to start bagging them separately to avoid messing them up and banging them into all the other gear. I just have to say that this gear sling is awesome. I do a lot of short practice aid climbs and the loops really help out my organization of pro. I also like the single shoulder model so that I can switch it over to my other shoulder if I wish to lighten up the side it's on. Just a great sling.
Just got this chain. Got two climbs (two anchor setups on the edge for a top rope) where I've used it to work off the edge setting the anchors. It is bomber handy.. also have used it on the same anchors when I transfer over to a rappel after each climb. The easy length change lets me move stuff around while I'm hanging off the edge and at 22KN I feel pretty secure. Granted, I usually have the top rope in too, but there are moments that I'll just clip this in and do my thing. I like to take slack up on my rope, let this out to full extension, and then lean out for my rappel. Once I'm secure that my rappel is solid and my right hand has control I'll reach up and disconnect the daisy... I know, you got all this down.. no big deal. I am a noobe and have just been climbing a little better that a month and a half. Can't find to many to climb with and end up solo a lot... so, I have to be a little more meticulous and slower. This daisy is a great aid and its strength helps me gain confidence at height.
I had a chance to return this but decided to keep it instead. It's a great personal tie in when on the edge working out your anchor and the price is great. My partner keeps preaching redundancy.. and if I'm not on rope, this is clipped off.
Great rope.... really strong outer covering and the bag it comes in is a big bonus. Stretch is great and overall its the bomb. The only questionable characteristic is that brand new it is a little stiff. Your knots will take a little work to tighten up until about you 3rd to 5th time out... new rope, whats new? Any new rope will exhibit similar traits.. Just a great rope and I found it on sale here so I liked it even more at 1/2 off. The main reason I tried it... Thanks Beal and Backcountry... I'll even buy another at full price I like it so much....
I just received a set of these and the question I have is what side goes to the bolt? Experimenting, the more rigid side of the dog-bone (rubber grommet in it) seems to hold it's position on the bolt and not flop around so as to have a cross gate bind or other unwanted bolt hold. In this position, it also seems to allow more twist at the rope end to prevent a cross gate opening. The main reason I'm asking is that all of the photos show them clipped just the opposite of what I seem a safer clip in. Am I missing something... another buddy of mine has experimented with my set and supports my feelings on the matter... I'm all ear's. Please share your thoughts on these.... especially if you have put them through some tests of your own...
First off, I'm not a small guy. 5ft 10in, 250 lbs, 44 to 46 inch waist, 27 inch thighs. You do the math.. I shouldn't even go vertical.. I am new at this. First needed a harness to use in my inversion machine to take the strain off my 54 year old, destroyed knees while stretching my back to relieve back pain and some really bad neuropathy. I searched all the mfg's sites, and a number of online retailers (bought here though, great customer service) for a harness that was listed for a 44 or 46 inch waist.. Guess what. There was only one... a Canyonering model that just didn't seem right for my use. Back to the drawing board. I tightly wrapped a rope around myself and determined that if I sucked my gut in really hard I could squeeze into a 41.5 inch (not breathing by the way) harness. This BD model had a range up to 42 inch's. What the heck... it's all I could find..so I ordered it. Just got here today.. I was on the way out to some decent rock face's with a very good climber I know and stopped at the old post office... Normally I have to use one of my friends harness's along with a long sling that I double haul through the harness in such a way that it works... Rube Goldberg climbing for sure. But guess what I learned today.. The BD Dual Speed works. And it works well on my fat **s 46 inch waist. My legs are a strong 27 inch and it excels there too. In fact! There is plenty of adjustment to go way smaller and even a bit bigger. I'd estimate that I could go two or three more inch's in the waist and about the same on the legs. I did get last years model as I wasn't paying attention. This years has a haul loop and is about 5 bucks less. But heah! This is about a big, fat guy finding an harness that works. I want to climb. Did my first assent today. 35 feet and I felt like I was on top of the world. No falls, pretty fast, and just an excellent time! My buddy is one of the top 10 climbers in our area... said he never saw a fat guy even try this rock. In all fairness, it was a really easy route. So.. any of you big fat guy's need a really great harness.., just compare our size's and if this one works out I think you will really dig it! There is so much adjustment in this harness that even when I reach my goal of a 36 to 38 inch waist and 175, maybe an 185 lbs it will still fit and work well. Good luck all and happy climbing.