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Classic Okanogan climbing moment.... a little  touch up scrubbing on lead...
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Jun 4, 2017
Classic Okanogan climbing moment.... a little touch up scrubbing on lead...  
Tonasket, WA
applewood   Tonasket, WA
I've seen those kind, but they look too small for primary cleaning, but for cleaning while actually climbing a smaller brush would be way better.

I usually go through about one bigger brush per route - cleaning on rappel (then the top half can be cut off and the stubby brush can be used for less extensive work. Over the years I've gotten a lot less enthusiastic about scrubbing routes so thoroughly (figuring anyone complaining is welcome to do more if they want....) This route was actually pretty damn clean before we climbed it today, but I guess if you've got the tool you're gonna use it... Jun 4, 2017
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Oops. I meant to have linked the slightly larger red-handled brush in the link, as it is now the standard Index brush and closer to the Japanese ones I have. Mine has a bent handle to keep the knuckles away from the rock. Both will get inside finger cracks though, an important thing for most Index routes.

Indeed, it is an amazingly tough workout to fully clean a route top-down. I'm pretty toasted after just two hours. It is nice if one can go ground up. Jun 4, 2017
Tonasket, WA
applewood   Tonasket, WA
Yeah it can be hard work. Easier when the lichen and moss is dry.... I hate scrapping/gouging my knuckles! What's really depressing is the stuff grows back. I scrubbed hundreds of routes in the Kettle Valley in the 90's and they're all licheny again. I guess eventually the bolts will rust away too... but I'll be gone by then. Jun 4, 2017

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