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
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 neats-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
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-
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.Climbers 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
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.