Quick Clips: 3 Quick Fixes for Common Climber Problems (Summer 2020 Edition)

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Hit us up at letters@climbing.com. The person that submits the winning submission in our next issue will receive a Swift Protect Dry 8.9mm, 60-meter rope from Edelrid. (Only available within the US.)

“Crack climbing is hard on shoes—the tops, bottoms, and most notably the stitching on certain models where the rand meets the leather. I’ve been extending my shoes’ lifespan by reinforcing these high-wear areas with Seam Grip, plus have been applying it to resoled shoes that have had toe caps done, to prevent delamination. For climbing trips, I always have Seam Grip ready—$10 to prolong the life of $200 shoes seems like a deal.”

—Krishan Nacua

For submitting our winning tip for this edition, Krishan receives a 70m Quest 9.6 dynamic rope from Sterling.

Pointner

“A little climbing-related practical hack: Ever spent 10 minutes untangling an extension cord? Flake your power cord into an Ikea bag just like you would a climbing rope. Start with the male end but leave 16 inches of tail out of the top of the bag, then flake the rest of the cord right into the bag, and store. When you are ready to use the cord, grab the 16” of tail on the male end and plug that into the outlet. The female end will be on top of the pile. Just hook it up to your leaf blower or shopvac (or whatever) and the cord will come out of the bag untangled, like a freshly flaked climbing rope.”

—Tom Pointner

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I turned 60 in January, and I didn’t start climbing until I was 41. I love the challenge of the sport and the way it clears my mind. One thing that irritated me early on was getting my shoes dirty when bouldering or working a sport project. So I went to my local shoe store and bought a pair of Komodo sandals. Those seem to not be readily available anymore, so Crocs will do the job. I have worn mine so long that the straps have long since broken off. They are real handy on muddy or even dusty days when you step off the pad and into these. I even move from boulder to boulder in them. If you can’t go to a store with your climbing shoes to see what will fit over them, my advice is order sandals that are three sizes bigger. I wear size 8 in climbing shoes, and my Komodos are size 11.

—Noel Francis

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