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bhoomsoam


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Hi Guys,

I am an Industrial designer, studying climbing and related problems.
I would love to know what problems do you face, in terms of gear, or physical limitations you face while climbing.
It would also help to know what you think is missing, something you feel the need of but isn't available or manufactured yet!

Thank you so much guys! Looking forward to your replies.

Cheers,
Bhoom


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bhoomsoam wrote:
Hi Guys,

I am an Industrial designer, studying climbing and related problems.
I would love to know what problems do you face, in terms of gear, or physical limitations you face while climbing.
It would also help to know what you think is missing, something you feel the need of but isn't available or manufactured yet!
How about a dry treatment that actually keeps ropes dry?

Eyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy


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Something to use as an anchor instead of bolts, that doesn't damage the rock. Perhaps an adhesive, that dries in less than 5 minutes, that could hold a 5 sq in pad to the wall with a hanger on it. And a solvent that could subsequently remove the adhesive without harming the rock.


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Actually, one of the biggest problems IS bolts.

There is no tool made for easily removing bolts once placed. Every such tool is homemade and most are nothing more than a prybar with a fork on it, and they damage the rock anytime the bolt is not almost falling out on its own.

Screw jacks have been tried but its hard to apply the force exactly outwards and not off center.






Second most needed is a LARGE, long range plug that would fit the huge mouths of bolters who think they have a right to drill their way up anything they chose. An alternative might be a hypodermic shot from a gun like a tranqualizer dart, but full of superglue. Or a shotgun fired net that wraps a blanket around their heads like a Alien Crab monster.




There are others. Climbing needs a LOT of new thought.


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Rokjox wrote:
a shotgun fired net that wraps a blanket around their heads like a Alien Crab monster.
Anti-bolting head crab net firing shotgun, NOW we are on the same page, rokjox!


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I have seen a post like this almost every year so it is likely a bot.

1) Solar powered, self-inflating, rugged, over-sized crash pad.
-Like the ones used by stunt men to jump off buildings.
Total weight must remain less than 20Kg

2) Micro-light self carried, propane hot air balloon.
-Saves a long walk back to the valley floor after a big wall.


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"Gecko-tech" climbing shoes?

I remember reading an article about scientists trying to develop a sticky rubber based on the mechanics of a gecko's footpads. That would be nice.

Also- those silly putty nuts that some company announced for April Fool's. Get on it!


Rokjox


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blazesod wrote:

2) Micro-light self carried, propane hot air balloon.
-Saves a long walk back to the valley floor after a big wall.



Number two is got prototypes in production, Mod them yourself.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopper_balloon



Giddyup.




http://www.hammacher.com/product/10106

The second one is helium. Not temp regulated. 1/8 the diameter.
close to Unlimited potential air time. Still capable of true flight.

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That isn't exactly what I remember. Decades ago I remember seeing a Pop Mech article about a true "hopper" that didn't give sustained airtime but extended a leap hugely and used helium so the envelope was on the order of a couple yards. It was a cover

I think this sounds like a dogcrazy kind of fun, making 50 foot leaps across the hillsides and leaping into ravines. Windy days might be a gas.


Still looking


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Hahaha, that sounds like great fun.


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then you are gonna put this on on the list.



I think this one is dual fuel, both solar and fart powered, just gotta make it fold up like origami or a cheap campchair. It puts me in mind of that old woodcut showing a hundred pigeons attached to a flying chair dragging some mandarin along through the sky.







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(stolen from this guy) https://www.apexballoons.com/ultralights/

... Part 103 allows one to fly certain balloons and airships without a pilot certificate, training, annual inspection, registration, etc., and with very little regulatory interference. There are no age, knowledge, experience, or physical requirements for pilots of ultralight aircraft. .....

.... With that said, the FAA's Ultralight regulations allow solo flight in any hot air balloon which weighs 155 pounds or less empty. The empty weight limit for powered ultralights is 254 pounds, which includes airships. The weight of the envelope, burner(s), basket, fuel tanks and structural equipment count towards the total empty weight. The propane fuel for the burners is not counted; only the weight of the empty tanks and plumbing. The balloon or airship must not have a US or foreign airworthiness certificate, and passengers cannot be carried. Ultralights may not be used in the furtherance of a business - they are intended for recreational or sport flying only.

There is no maximum limit for the amount of propane onboard, but in the case of a "powered ultralight" - which a hot air airship qualifies as - there is a 5-gallon limit for fuel used for forward propulsion. The maximum empty weight limit for a powered ultralight is raised to 254 pounds, and the maximum airspeed is 55 knots/quote]



Yeah baby, fly'em if you dare. Don't NEED no stinking badges.


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