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I got out climbing yesterday for the first time since right after I got sick, almost 10 days ago. I went through a horrible bout of a sore throat followed by 5 days of bronchitis that really wasted me. I’ve never had bronchitis before and the whole thing of not being able to breathe while I was outside in the cold air was a major drag. Every time started feeling better and I went out to climb, ski or go for a ride I felt worse. Fortunately most all of this has seemingly passed and yesterday I felt good enough to make it down to the North End for a while.
The new X4 Camelots are BD's latest addition to their 4-camming device collection. They claim that they are great for everything from big-wall to your basic day-to-day trad climb. So do they hold up to expectations, can they be a replacement for the classic C4's, and how do they compare to the ever popular C3's?
V-thread ice anchors are an easy, secure and inexpensive rappel anchor for ice climbing. In this article I will describe how to make the anchor, how to use it, what kind of gear is needed, and how to make your own tool. Everything about v-threading is easy and they have become popular at ice crags all over the world.
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