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Hey everyone,

I'm an industrial design major (no we don't design factories, we design any and all products - the creative/aesthetic side largely) but the point is I am in my final semester and need to come up with a thesis idea. I would like to do some sort of climbing equipment or at the least, camping equipment, but I haven't come up with an idea. I haven't dedicated a lot of time to it yet, but my first thought was perhaps something to help with the confusion at multipitch anchors and rope/haul bag management. Just a thought though and I'm still open to any and all ideas, sooo....

Does anyone have any ideas for something that could be redesigned or something that frustrates the hell out of you that makes you think, 'there must be a better way?' I know 80% of the responses will be jokes, but any serious ideas would be greatly appreciated


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Have you searched yet.
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Edit: how about a noob filter for rc.com, kind of climbing related


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build me a harness with 5 gear loops.

The one on the left for draws, the one on the right for large trad gear, cams etc. One loop in the front for nuts, Two in the back for everyting else. Then make then in different sizes to accomidate their designated use.
Nuts= very small loop. Cams & Gear= very large loop. Draws= large loop. Everything else = two mid sized loop for the back.

Thati is all.
Aaron.


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slavetogravity wrote:
build me a harness with 5 gear loops.

The one on the left for draws, the one on the right for large trad gear, cams etc. One loop in the front for nuts, Two in the back for everyting else. Then make then in different sizes to accomidate their designated use.
Nuts= very small loop. Cams & Gear= very large loop. Draws= large loop. Everything else = two mid sized loop for the back.

Thati is all.
Aaron.

If I were endowed like a squirrel, I doubt I'd be secure enough to broadcast it on the internet. Cool

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curt wrote:
slavetogravity wrote:
build me a harness with 5 gear loops.

The one on the left for draws, the one on the right for large trad gear, cams etc. One loop in the front for nuts, Two in the back for everyting else. Then make then in different sizes to accomidate their designated use.
Nuts= very small loop. Cams & Gear= very large loop. Draws= large loop. Everything else = two mid sized loop for the back.

Thati is all.
Aaron.

If I were endowed like a squirrel, I doubt I'd be secure enough to broadcast it on the internet. Cool

Curt


Oh SNAP! a double entendre rock climbing nut reference....

Serious though, my nuts are very small.


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You went to school to learn how to design and now you are here asking bunch of people who probably do not have all the engineering degree to help you to come with a "Product Thesis idea"


Not to be hard on you but what type of sh*t did you smoke in college?


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majid_sabet wrote:
You went to school to learn how to design and now you are here asking bunch of people who probably do not have all the engineering degree to help you to come with a "Product Thesis idea"


Not to be hard on you but what type of sh*t did you smoke in college?

Majid have you looked into this lately?



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Edit: how about a noob filter for rc.com, kind of climbing related
A noob filter? How about a dick head filter! Shocked

(no offense)


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xclimber47 wrote:
Hey everyone,

I'm an industrial design major (no we don't design factories, we design any and all products - the creative/aesthetic side largely) but the point is I am in my final semester and need to come up with a thesis idea. I would like to do some sort of climbing equipment or at the least, camping equipment, but I haven't come up with an idea. I haven't dedicated a lot of time to it yet, but my first thought was perhaps something to help with the confusion at multipitch anchors and rope/haul bag management. Just a thought though and I'm still open to any and all ideas, sooo....

Does anyone have any ideas for something that could be redesigned or something that frustrates the hell out of you that makes you think, 'there must be a better way?' I know 80% of the responses will be jokes, but any serious ideas would be greatly appreciated

so...this is gonna sound like an asshole response, but i'm totally serious: come up with the next revolution in protection. design the piece of gear that will fit a constriction, a parallel crack, a flare, a pod, a slot, a micro-sized seam in a slab, and a hole (did i forget anything?). make it super lightweight. also, make it really easy and fast to place and super-affordable. if you can come up with one of those that works, i guarantee you'll have a job when you graduate (even if you have to work for yourself.)


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majid_sabet wrote:
You went to school to learn how to design and now you are here asking bunch of people who probably do not have all the engineering degree to help you to come with a "Product Thesis idea"
You'd be surprized by how many people on here actually do have the engineering degree. Not that we're actually able to help him. I mean, if we actually had some good ideas for new gear, you think we'd still be at our day jobs tapping away on on RC.noob?


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slavetogravity wrote:
build me a harness with 5 gear loops.

The one on the left for draws, the one on the right for large trad gear, cams etc. One loop in the front for nuts, Two in the back for everyting else. Then make then in different sizes to accomidate their designated use.
Nuts= very small loop. Cams & Gear= very large loop. Draws= large loop. Everything else = two mid sized loop for the back.

Thati is all.
Aaron.

Not to throw a spanner in the works or anything, and despite your genuinely helpful response, but I wouldn't buy this personally. I like to have some equalization on both sides of the harness so that draws, nuts, cams, etc are somewhat easily accessed by both hands. Same-size loops all around is vital for that.


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granite_grrl wrote:
I mean, if we actually had some good ideas for new gear, you think we'd still be at our day jobs tapping away on on RC.noob?

Be honest, even if did quit your day job, and even if you were making millions with your newest piece of gear, you'd still be on the knob for entertainment purposes.


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Um, here's an idea - unless this product already exists and i dont know about it.

make some type of ceramic (or whatever) box with heating coils inside of it that you can plug into your car's power supply thing that will heat up when it's plugged in. use it to warm your shoes up in the winter while youre on the way to the gym (or outside if youre one of those people)

im tired of warming my shoes up on the dashboard. the smell alone is reason enough to be annoying, sometimes they fall and land under my brake too.


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implant wrote:
Um, here's an idea - unless this product already exists and i dont know about it.

make some type of ceramic (or whatever) box with heating coils inside of it that you can plug into your car's power supply thing that will heat up when it's plugged in. use it to warm your shoes up in the winter while youre on the way to the gym (or outside if youre one of those people)

im tired of warming my shoes up on the dashboard. the smell alone is reason enough to be annoying, sometimes they fall and land under my brake too.

Not a bad thought. I just stick mine under the passenger side heaters and turn the heat onto "feet."

Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.


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I remember reading about a climber using duct tape for quicker access to gear while climb a really intense crack. What a bout a harness that uses standard gear loops but also some type of quick release mechanism for gear placement. Cutting down on the amount of lock off time needed when climbing difficult routes.


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- a silencer for jangling gear on gumby harnesses


- a retractable, ultra-extendable waaaay long miniature stick clip, so one can retrieve biners nestled deeply in crevasses and behind flakes like the one on Fote-Hog... It must reduce in size so small as to be carried on a harness, yet be strong enough when extended as to work.

And you will make bajillions(of pennies) from all the gumby's who SAY it's to booty lost booty, but really we know...no matter HOW much it's denied....that it's ultimate use will be that of an undercover stick clip for the ne'er to be outed weakmo(God have pity on their seconds who have to clean the stuff).


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happiegrrrl wrote:
- a silencer for jangling gear on gumby harnesses

- a megaphone for my hexes Tongue


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Capt_Dirty_Pantaloons wrote:
I remember reading about a climber using duct tape for quicker access to gear while climb a really intense crack. What a bout a harness that uses standard gear loops but also some type of quick release mechanism for gear placement. Cutting down on the amount of lock off time needed when climbing difficult routes.

that would be interesting.


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
Capt_Dirty_Pantaloons wrote:
I remember reading about a climber using duct tape for quicker access to gear while climb a really intense crack. What a bout a harness that uses standard gear loops but also some type of quick release mechanism for gear placement. Cutting down on the amount of lock off time needed when climbing difficult routes.

that would be interesting.
Hardly a new idea. Both my J-rat (bought in the 80's) and Misty Mountain (bought early 90's) gear slings have several small velcro tabs for just that purpose.


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xclimber47 wrote:
Hey everyone,

I'm an industrial design major (no we don't design factories, we design any and all products - the creative/aesthetic side largely) but the point is I am in my final semester and need to come up with a thesis idea. I would like to do some sort of climbing equipment or at the least, camping equipment, but I haven't come up with an idea. I haven't dedicated a lot of time to it yet, but my first thought was perhaps something to help with the confusion at multipitch anchors and rope/haul bag management. Just a thought though and I'm still open to any and all ideas, sooo....

Does anyone have any ideas for something that could be redesigned or something that frustrates the hell out of you that makes you think, 'there must be a better way?' I know 80% of the responses will be jokes, but any serious ideas would be greatly appreciated

This isn't a good site for that question. Go to ST. Make sure you've read Fish's website first.


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thanks everyone for the ideas that were legit. I expected the typical ridiculous responses, but relax majid..

I'm not asking for you to design the thing or have a degree in engineering. Its called brainstorming, I'm just trying to get something to work with. I'm not sure who would be better to come up with a useful idea for climbing equipment than climbers though. It wouldn't be much of a thesis project if I asked you to do the work.

How about this:
Anyone have complaints with portaledges? Hauling them and whatnot? Not sure this is a good route, black diamond kinda has it covered I think...

or

Perhaps a drill that would be more suited/easier to use for bolting?


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slavetogravity wrote:
build me a harness with 5 gear loops.

He could be a real revolutionary and create a functional woman's harness that has as many gear loops as a man's harness. There aren't too many of those out there!


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You've picked a hard topic to write a thesis about. If it was a long term project and you were open minded to start climbing, then it might be interesting. I've been studying the gear for some time now and it is very interesting. Almost all the good information you're going to need is in paper books you'll have to buy. The other thing, you'll have to buy a verity of climbing gear to note and measure - access to a good CMM a plus - because they don't tell exactly how their shit is made. (I would think a climbing gear thesis is more of a mechanical engineering project).

I would write a thesis on an industrial engineering subject that will help you when you get a job. materials, finishes, coatings, paint, adhesives, ect, & "how to fuckoff on Excel all the time doing time/waste studies and shit like that", ect.


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Go look at John Long's "we need to test everything dynamically" thread.

Do a controlled study on how static loading differs from dynamic loading on anchor systems.


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wonderwoman wrote:
slavetogravity wrote:
build me a harness with 5 gear loops.

He could be a real revolutionary and create a functional woman's harness that has as many gear loops as a man's harness. There aren't too many of those out there!

that's actually a really good point. i was recently writing a purchase order for our outdoor program and women just get the shaft when it comes to harnesses. i can't imagine that the market for a 6-loop women's harness could really be that small. it's nuts. (i mean, hell, i'm a man and i'm getting indignant.)


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Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751


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Capt_Dirty_Pantaloons wrote:
I remember reading about a climber using duct tape for quicker access to gear while climb a really intense crack. What a bout a harness that uses standard gear loops but also some type of quick release mechanism for gear placement. Cutting down on the amount of lock off time needed when climbing difficult routes.

See the video "First Ascent". Didier used velcro for that exact purpose. If I remember right he had a specific cam stuck on the side of his harness, ready to go for a spot on Cobra Crack.


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djlachelt wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751

That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...


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adatesman wrote:
nkane wrote:
Go look at John Long's "we need to test everything dynamically" thread.

Do a controlled study on how static loading differs from dynamic loading on anchor systems.

Good lord NOO!!!!!!! JL and I have been kicking this around offline since his thread died down and last night I finally placed the order for the last piece of equipment I need to do it! My wife will kill me if it turns out that it was all for naught..... Its mine! MINE!!!11111

Wink

But seriously, I did just order the last of the equipment and am now waiting on word if one of the rope companies is willing to donate a spool of 7mm perlon for the testing. I had wanted this to be a surprise, but oh well. Smile

-a.

AAAAGH! Sorry to step on any toes, oh great Lord of the Lab. Tongue

I should have figured there was something in the works when that thread disappeared without going to 15 pages,


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
djlachelt wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751

That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...
My husband has a couple of these little boxes which he got from his grandfather:
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...KET_HAND_WARMER.html

They use charcoal sticks like these.
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...CHARCOAL_STICKS.html

That's about the most reusable handwarmer that I can think of that doesn't loose performance (though it does take a bit of effort because you have to get the charcoal sicks going).


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granite_grrl wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
djlachelt wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751

That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...
My husband has a couple of these little boxes which he got from his grandfather:
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...KET_HAND_WARMER.html

They use charcoal sticks like these.
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...CHARCOAL_STICKS.html

That's about the most reusable handwarmer that I can think of that doesn't loose performance (though it does take a bit of effort because you have to get the charcoal sicks going).

So, erm, you've a fire in your chalkbag?

I trust it works, but is that what they're saying? How big is it (will it fit nicely in the chalkbag)? How long does it last per session (will one light last all day or just 30min)? How long do the sticks last (will one burn in one day, or will it last several lightings)?

Sorry for questions, but that's pretty damn cool.

Thanks!


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Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.
Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751
That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...

These are re-usable, and they work the same every time, but they aren't nearly as good as the chemical warmers. They get nice and hot when you first activate them, but only stay hot for an hour or so, and mildly warm for another couple hours at absolute best. I use them as heat packs on sore muscles, but never bother taking them out with me. Also, for an equivalent amount of heat, a package of Hot Hands packets is a lot smaller and lighter.


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
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Gmburns2000 wrote:
djlachelt wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751

That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...
My husband has a couple of these little boxes which he got from his grandfather:
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...KET_HAND_WARMER.html

They use charcoal sticks like these.
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...CHARCOAL_STICKS.html

That's about the most reusable handwarmer that I can think of that doesn't loose performance (though it does take a bit of effort because you have to get the charcoal sicks going).

So, erm, you've a fire in your chalkbag?

I trust it works, but is that what they're saying? How big is it (will it fit nicely in the chalkbag)? How long does it last per session (will one light last all day or just 30min)? How long do the sticks last (will one burn in one day, or will it last several lightings)?

Sorry for questions, but that's pretty damn cool.

Thanks!

I used to use these deer hunting. You do indeed have a "fire" in the little metal box, but its more of a hot ember than an open flame. The boxes are a little bit bigger than a deck of cards, and they burn quite a long time. Huddled in a tree stand in the Appalachians for hours at a time without moving, I would often stuff one down each of my boots and keep one in the big two-hand pocket on my hunting jacket. They worked amazingly well, but buying the charcoal sticks can be a pain in the ass sometimes. I've gone into Bass Pro already and they had the metal boxes but didn't sell the refills - sort of missing the point, don't ya think?


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Valarc wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
granite_grrl wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
djlachelt wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751

That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...
My husband has a couple of these little boxes which he got from his grandfather:
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...KET_HAND_WARMER.html

They use charcoal sticks like these.
http://www.realoutdoors.co.uk/...CHARCOAL_STICKS.html

That's about the most reusable handwarmer that I can think of that doesn't loose performance (though it does take a bit of effort because you have to get the charcoal sicks going).

So, erm, you've a fire in your chalkbag?

I trust it works, but is that what they're saying? How big is it (will it fit nicely in the chalkbag)? How long does it last per session (will one light last all day or just 30min)? How long do the sticks last (will one burn in one day, or will it last several lightings)?

Sorry for questions, but that's pretty damn cool.

Thanks!

I used to use these deer hunting. You do indeed have a "fire" in the little metal box, but its more of a hot ember than an open flame. The boxes are a little bit bigger than a deck of cards, and they burn quite a long time. Huddled in a tree stand in the Appalachians for hours at a time without moving, I would often stuff one down each of my boots and keep one in the big two-hand pocket on my hunting jacket. They worked amazingly well, but buying the charcoal sticks can be a pain in the ass sometimes. I've gone into Bass Pro already and they had the metal boxes but didn't sell the refills - sort of missing the point, don't ya think?

Good to know, thanks...

I noticed on the links that GraniteGirl posted that the boxes were for sale but the refills were out of stock.


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Whatever you do, don't try to invent de-hydrated beer. That's my idea.


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how about an unmashable ham sandwich?


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looserock wrote:
I would write a thesis on an industrial engineering subject that will help you when you get a job. materials, finishes, coatings, paint, adhesives, ect
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Go look at John Long's "we need to test everything dynamically" thread.

Do a controlled study on how static loading differs from dynamic loading on anchor systems.

You guys are missing a key point: the OP is an industrial design major, not engineering, not physics, not mechanical engineering. The OP's major is focused on the creative and aesthetic aspects of a product, not how much force it can hold or what anti-corrosion coating should be used.

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You might want to read the wiki entry to see what ID is and is not:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_design


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Design a customizable, moldable foot bed for a climbing shoe.

Either the entire shoe, or a foot bed that can be transferred from your trad shoes to sport to bouldering shoes. Something that will be comfortable, take up any extra volume in the shoe, and very performance oriented.


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Isn't there a b0mbz for this kind of thing?


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marc801 wrote:
looserock wrote:
I would write a thesis on an industrial engineering subject that will help you when you get a job. materials, finishes, coatings, paint, adhesives, ect
nkane wrote:
Go look at John Long's "we need to test everything dynamically" thread.

Do a controlled study on how static loading differs from dynamic loading on anchor systems.

You guys are missing a key point: the OP is an industrial design major, not engineering, not physics, not mechanical engineering. The OP's major is focused on the creative and aesthetic aspects of a product, not how much force it can hold or what anti-corrosion coating should be used.

Edited to add:
You might want to read the wiki entry to see what ID is and is not:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_design

Wait a sec - you want us to do homework in order help this dude with his homework?

Maybe he should design a more aesthetic crampon. Mine are too pointy.


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bolt gun


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gblauer wrote:
Design a customizable, moldable foot bed for a climbing shoe.

Either the entire shoe, or a foot bed that can be transferred from your trad shoes to sport to bouldering shoes. Something that will be comfortable, take up any extra volume in the shoe, and very performance oriented.

Unless I'm reading you wrong, this exists already:

http://www.montrail.com/technologies_ctx.aspx

A friend has a pair of climbing shoes with this molding tech and she swears by them.


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Good lord NOO!!!!!!! JL and I have been kicking this around offline since his thread died down and last night I finally placed the order for the last piece of equipment I need to do it! My wife will kill me if it turns out that it was all for naught..... Its mine! MINE!!!11111

By now, the image I have of your wife is something like a snarling pit bull standing astride a pile of milled Friends and 1st-gen Camalots with a sign poking out of it that says "Aric Jr. -- College Fund." Laugh


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Here's another nugget from the RC.com brain trust for you to chew on.

Build me a rock climbing specific Hammer Drill. My Boch is WAY too heavy, and the thought of bolting on lead with it scares the crap out of me. Make one that I can operate with one hand, easy to carry and manipulate. Perhaps the batter (which accounts for most of the weight) could be made separate from the drill. You know, so I could carry it on my harness/back pack.

Now that I think of it, just make me an adapter so I can take the drill and battery I already have and carry them separately when ever/ how ever I want.

I can think of a few people who would buy one of those.


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I'm entirely serious about this.


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implant wrote:
make some type of ceramic (or whatever) box with heating coils inside of it that you can plug into your car's power supply thing that will heat up when it's plugged in. use it to warm your shoes up in the winter while youre on the way to the gym (or outside if youre one of those people)

im tired of warming my shoes up on the dashboard. the smell alone is reason enough to be annoying, sometimes they fall and land under my brake too.

$29.95, plug it in your lighter and it's all yours bubba!


or this one for $24.


$35.95


http://cozywinters.com/bootdryers/


or you can pony up the $149 and get the bag warmer!


"While you are driving to your favorite resort, your heatable gear bag can be plugged into the 12V outlet allowing the radiating heat and drying technology to warm your boots, gloves and socks. The large capacity, exceptionally insulated bag comes complete with a 120v and 12V power connection."

plenty more there.....


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
djlachelt wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751

That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...

yeah, I had the same gripe about those "reusable" condoms that Trojan came out with a few years ago. Anyone remember those?


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I'm taking a proE class this semester, and I am working on designing a cam that has no welds or soldering on the axle, but instead has two piece lobes that fit together like a puzzle around a notched axle. The seams in the lobes will be placed in such a way that they will not be load bearing. I wouldn't climb on one, but it's a cool concept.


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Wow - thanks everyone, I had no idea I would get this much traffic and I have been taking some notes..

Marc801 - I'm used to people assuming I'm an engineer, I think that's the first time someone put out a correction for me Wink

and Meahtots - awesome shot, but looks like you've got the suction-pro down, all you need to do is drill a hole in the handle and add a sling. I'd whip on it..

I'm building a pretty decent list of ideas here - but I'll certainly read any more ideas - keep em coming if you want


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oh also:

any guides out there that have issues communicating on multi-pitch routes?

I've been on routes that were a bitch to yell back and forth on and if I had a couple goobers with me I would have been a little uncomfortable sending them off. Not to mention they may have been a little discomforted by the difficulty hearing.


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camhead wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
djlachelt wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Actually there is such a thing. http://www.rei.com/product/608751

That's interesting. Any idea if this works better than the old ski hand warmers that were also reusable? While they were reusable, they weren't nearly as good on the second try as the first, and on the third as the second, etc...

yeah, I had the same gripe about those "reusable" condoms that Trojan came out with a few years ago. Anyone remember those?

Please tell me you're joking. That is disgustingCrazy

I'd google it but I'm at work and I'm afraid....


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Google "Snapz"

Wink


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boymeetsrock wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
Reusable hand warmers? Now that's something I'd get into.

Google "Snapz"

Wink


Woops I was SSSSOOOO beaten to the punch on that one. Blush


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thanks. its still in the prototype stage, but somehow i convinced sharma to take a few up with him on a run of jumbo love.


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design an ice screw drill and some sort of racking system that allows 1 handed operation(maybe something like the ice flute). if you could make placing screws faster and easier, i'd give it a try.


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slavetogravity wrote:
Here's another nugget from the RC.com brain trust for you to chew on.

Build me a rock climbing specific Hammer Drill. My Boch is WAY too heavy, and the thought of bolting on lead with it scares the crap out of me. Make one that I can operate with one hand, easy to carry and manipulate. Perhaps the batter (which accounts for most of the weight) could be made separate from the drill. You know, so I could carry it on my harness/back pack.

Now that I think of it, just make me an adapter so I can take the drill and battery I already have and carry them separately when ever/ how ever I want.

I can think of a few people who would buy one of those.

This gets my vote so far. I know you can convert by adding a cord, but having something that doesn't void the warranty would be great.

Make sure the extended battery cord is like the old phone coiled cables so climbers don't get tangled in the cord when not in use.

Maybe I shouldn't have a 36 volt drill.




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xclimber47 wrote:
oh also:

any guides out there that have issues communicating on multi-pitch routes?

I've been on routes that were a bitch to yell back and forth on and if I had a couple goobers with me I would have been a little uncomfortable sending them off. Not to mention they may have been a little discomforted by the difficulty hearing.

Some climbers just carry radios. I find those a bit heavy and the batteries not reliable.

Since I already have a rope between my partners and I, I add two cans to the rack. When we have trouble communicating, we simply attach the cans to the rope, pull tight, and voila, instant phone. Wink


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