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[TowerTalk] care and feeding of belts

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Subject: [TowerTalk] care and feeding of belts
From: (T. A. Russell)
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 1997 21:33:02 EDT
(See addition at end)

On Sun, 06 Apr 1997 13:25:38 -0500 Steve Sawyers n0yvy <>
>wf3h wrote:
>>what temperature is the lowest that
>>one can reasonably expect the nylon belt to be flexible? 
>The belt will stay more flexible than you will.
>I have been up a tower with 10 degree weather and -20 windchill.
>Fortunately it was short tower and I was not planning on being up 
>My problem was not the Kline or the equipment, it was my fingers. That
>climb was probably one of the most dangerous things I have been dumb
>enough to do. 
>I had on my snowmobile gear, but had to take the mittens off and use 
>thinner liners when working or repositioning the belt. Holding onto to
>cold metal really pulled the heat out. I had to look at everything I 
>doing and took three times as long. Came down in the dark and had to
>visually verify every hand and foot placement as they were all numb. 
>de n0yvy steve

For cold WX climbing, I have a pair of leather gloves with slots cut
in the bottom side of each finger at the first knuckle.  This allows my
finger tips to come out for threading nuts or other delicate tasks while
keeping my hands/fingers from becoming too cold. 

 de Tom N4KG

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