Enlarged tongue holes for belt buckles
If you discover any of these defects, turn in the equipment and replace it.
You must periodically perform maintenance work on the leather parts of your climbing equipment. Cleaning comes first. Use a damp sponge and a mild soap. Work up a thick, creamy lather. Then wash the soap off and wipe the belt with a dry cloth.
Next, to make the genuine leather soft and pliable, lather well with saddle soap. Work the lather into all parts; then place the belt in the shade to dry. After the lather has nearly dried, rub down the leather with a soft cloth.
Both belts and safety straps, made of genuine leather, require oiling about every 6 months. Be sure the leather is clean before applying oil. Use about 2 teaspoonfuls of neat's-foot oil, working the oil in gradually. Place the belt in a shady place and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Then rub it down with a soft cloth.
Always, before you climb a pole or tree, inspect the climbers for the following defects:
Broken or loose straps
Stirrup worn to a thickness of one-eighth inch or less
Length of pole gaff of less than one-fourth inch as measured along the inner surface
Length of tree gaff of less than 5 1/2 inches as measured along the outer surface and of less than 3 1/2 inches along the inner surface
Difference in gaff lengths of more than one- eighth inch
If you find any of these defects, turn in your climbers for a new pair.
To minimize certain dangers that can occur from neglect of the climbers, make sure you check your gaffs frequently, using a climber's gauge (fig. 4-74). This gauge is used to check the dimensions of the gaffs. These must be within certain tolerances or the climber will "cut out" or lose contact with a pole or tree.
Measurements of the length, width, and thickness of the gaffs are made as follows (fig. 4-75):
Figure 4-74. - Climber's gauge.
LENGTH. Place the lined face of the gauge against the inner surface of the gaff, with the short edge of the gauge held tightly against the crotch (fig. 4-75, view A). The crotch is the point where the gaff joins the leg iron of the climber. lf the point of the gaff extends to or beyond the short reference line, the length of the gaff is satisfactory.
WIDTH. Insert the gaff as far as possible through the small slot marked "W," with the inner surface of the gaff resting against the lined face of the gauge (fig. 4-75, view B). If the point of the gaff does not extend beyond the long reference line, the width of this section of the gaff is satisfactory. Insert the gaff as far as possible
Figure 4-75. - Use of climber's gauge.Continue Reading