Author archive for Orvel Miskiw

  • Clove Hitches in Anchors

    Two videos by Brent Peters have just come to my attention, regarding the use of clove hitches in various anchor…

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  • Tree-Well Epidemic 2017-18

    With the winter of 2017-18 still in progress, tree-wells have already caused at least 5 deaths of skiers and snow…

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  • Crossing Lakes In Winter: When is the Ice Safe?

    This question was raised recently by a Section party who traveled to Bow Falls, crossing Bow Lake on their way,…

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  • Auto-Blocks for Efficient Follow-Belaying

    I recently noticed that many climbers never use auto-blocks for belaying their followers. Even some very experienced climbers seem to…

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  • Cornice Hazards, Worth Reviewing

    After a few avalanches were reported this winter implicating cornice collapses, one of our members suggested we mention this separately…

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  • Mega-Spikes

    Recently, after a mountain hike with a lot of steep icey trail, I got thinking about several pairs of old…

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  • CAUTION about Using Hardware Cord in Climbing

    The other day an intermediate climber friend of mine mentioned something to me about having some cord that he got…

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  • How to Secure a Flat Joining Knot With Only the Rope

    Say you like the idea of flat rappel knots, as they seem likely to slide easily over the terrain when…

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  • Dropped Gear: Is It Safe?

    I just noticed a comment on this subject in the Main Club news, and a reference to “Rock and Ice”…

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  • Flat Knots for Joining Rappel Ropes

    For many years, ‘flat’ joining knots have been gaining popularity for joining pairs of ropes to be used for rappelling,…

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