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Offline splitchard

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Losing weight on wall and sizing for a Yates Shield harness
« on: October 05, 2006, 06:06:34 am »
I am new to wall climbing and I have heard that you tend to lose quite a bit of weight during the ordeal.  I am wondering just how much weight loss would be expected, say on a 2 day climb and also on a 5 day climb?  Specifically, I am asking this in terms of choosing a size for a Yates Shield harness.  I want to know how much room I should have left over to cinch it tighter if I lose inches around my waist during a wall climb.  I just bought one in a size medium and when wearing a light pair of shorts and no shirt I have about an inch on either side of the two buckles for cinching tighter.  Thanks!!

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2006, 09:53:30 am »
i lost 8 pounds on my one wall climb.  but this included 1 day humping gear to chasm view, and then comming back to bivy at chasm view, bivy on broadway, 4 bivys on the wall and an all nighter descent.  so it was pretty strenuous in that respect, but i would anticpate loosing weight on any serious climb.  i try to carry a couple of extra pounds around the middle before any climbing trip, and harnesses should be sized to deal with not only weight loss,  but variations in clothing.  

it worked out good for me, as the higher we got on the wall, the more clothes i wore.  i never adjusted my harness, but would have had to if i had stuck with the tshirt i wore on day 1.  i think 2 inches of takeup would be more than adiquate.

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2006, 08:22:48 pm »
You should be cool with that much room to play with. If you loose more weight than that, you're probably epicing pretty bad, and a loose harness is gonna be the least of your worries!

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2006, 02:45:57 pm »
You guys need to take more food and beer!  

Two things you should know about Yates which are not common knowledge:

1.  You can custom order different-sized leg loops and waist belts

2.  He has a M-S and M-L size in-between size that I don't believe is published anywhere.

Just give John Yates your waist measurement and leg measurements, and he'll fix you up right.

He always does.
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Losing weight on wall and sizing for a Yates Shield harness
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2006, 01:57:08 pm »
Better yet get a decent harness then you will not have to worry about it.
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