This is a new, fun thread of un-patented ideas that can be of help in any realm of the outdoors. Everyone has some funky, cool way of doing stuff, this is the place for you to let the community know about it. Feel free to submit Rockies Obscure!
These may not be ‘original’ ideas!
FROLF Backcountry “Baskets”
Still being refined, this is the best invention after doing 3 or 4 backcountry Frolf(Disc Golf) courses in the Rockies to play and LEAVE NO TRACE. There is no need for flagging then or anything to be left behind; flagging was used here at Barrier. Buy some styrofoam camp plates and cut a hole or two in them. Run common household string- which I will explain why in a minute- through the plate. Carry about 6-10 climbing carabiners for the times when branches holding the pie-plate basket up don’t work and you need a carabiner to wrap around a tree and tighten the string secured it with the biner. Finally before leaving home, buy some red electrical tape from a dollar store and make an X across the plate. I have taken 10 or so pie-plate baskets in my knapsack along with food, water, clothes etc and they stand up fine, also they are super light and grouped together in a stuff sack they will be fine. The household string works great as opposed to old climbing rope or flagging; household string sticks to tree branches like bees to honey and can be molded around bushes and branches to hold your pie-plate stable on the tree or bush. Once they are all placed along the course, turn around, and start playing backwards removing pie-plates as you go, carabiner’ing them to the outside or your pack until they are all collected, keeping score if you so care.
If you have a light weight photo, like the kind on cork-board for example, instead of punching holes into it, try taking a metal ski hill pass coat-hanger and placing it onto the back of your photo. Bend it up slightly. Cover the ski hill pass in epoxy or strong glue, then once it dries, give it a robust layer if you like of duct tape or packing tape. Works great!
Ski Pole Tree Bucket
If you ever have your ski pole lose a plastic bucket, try taking a small branch of deadfall and duct taping it to the end of the pole!
Outhouse Seat Cover
Those pesky new updated outhouses all have holes near the floor to let in fresh air, however if you have used them enough and you want to lay some toilet paper down on the gross toilet seat lid, you may notice that the slightest bit of air has those ripped off pieces of paper flying off your seat and onto the floor. Easy fix! Spit onto the center of the paper and as you lay it onto the seat lid it magically stays put until you can drop your drawers and plop your butt down!
Ski Pole Toilet Paper Holder
Stand your ski pole up in firm snow or soil, drop your toilet paper roll onto the handle and start unravelling! No need to hang it from a branch or in your squatting pants any longer. Yaay!
If a fast approaching hailstorm heads your way, and if you have a bouldering pad on hand, toss it atop the most exposed part of your vehicle and save a bit of damage- a pad can dry out and after doing this a few times find no long lasting effects to the bouldering pad.
Cutting rope, it frays, you pull out your lighter and cook the rope end while your finger tip too cooks. It is a slow, uneven option compared to using a ‘torch like’ lighter usually found in dollar type stores. Also available in some dollar stores are those loud air horns people are starting to use to ward off beasts in the woods. They can run upwards of $18, but in the “Party Aisle” of some dollar stores you can get one for much much cheaper. Find out if it is loud enough for your needs, but the quality is very comparable and amount of ‘honks’ you can get out of it.
Again this is not an original idea to pack some baby wipes with your climbing gear as they work great in freshening up your hands after they have been sitting in a chalk bucket all day, but recently while driving through some BC bush, discovered that they may have a minor use in possibly diminishing very light marks caused from driving through bush, or may not. Since my son has a mustache now, I have not found a need to buy wipes in years but on a recent test purchase came to the conclusion that cheap/no name brand wipes have more liquid in the package than the bigger known brands.
Pad Dragging sans Partners
Not sure if this is a thing or not, never witnessed it myself mostly because most don’t require this technique if bouldering with friends who can grab the pads and place them below the downclimb, however if you are alone, this is a good method of using your pad for ascent and descent assuming that you bring a long enough stretch of sling to cover the height of the tallest boulder you plan to climb plus a bit more for dragging it along and going around bumps etc. In short, dont skimp on the length of tat you bring. For those who dont get it: one side ‘biners to the pad, the other side to your chalkbag waistbelt.