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By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Jul 24, 2008
No way man. Do you know how much plastic there is in brooms? Do you know what plastic is made from? Do you know how damaging that is to the environment? Psh. We should have just gone with lung power. Or farts.
By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Jul 26, 2008
I am still waiting to see just ONE positive comment from LCCdingleberry.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Nov 24, 2008
I'm sorry, but what are these being used for? As someone who's put up a lot of routes, I've never needed compressed air. Maybe I'm missing out on something?
By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Nov 24, 2008
We use them for two things: 1) blowing out drilled holes, and 2) cleaning off dirty rock. It's much more effective than a brush for cleaning.
By tenesmus
Nov 26, 2008
yeah, but a hell of a lot more wasteful than elbow grease. Maybe you should get some better brushes or one of those compressed air tanks that are re-useable. The weight of all those cans can't be that much more than a 40 foot air hose and a tank...
By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Nov 26, 2008
To each his own, I suppose. I use canned air. You don't. I walk and bike a lot. You waste more fuel in your car. If people want to be mad at me and complain that I use canned air to clean my routes, be my guest. Everyone's entitled to his/her opinion. But I suggest you try it before you knock it.
By tenesmus
Nov 26, 2008
tristan, you miss my point - i'm not mad at you. Its just funky, that's all. And I bet there is a recyclable way to do it. As far as walking and biking a lot - I did too when I was in college and had a feasable situation.
By Chris-Baird
Sep 23, 2010
You may look into a compressed air tank for paintball - pick up a 3,000 psi tank and 68 cu in - will have plenty of air - then hook up a on/off valve with a piece of micro line - lots more air - and cheaper in the long run
By bheller
From: SL UT
Sep 23, 2010
I've tried it, and i'll be the first to knock it. Its not even that effective- those cans just cannot provided enough thrust to really be worth while.

I have found that a little hand pump intended for inflating exercise balls works incredibly well. Just attach a length of clear flexible hose on the nozzle and you're good to go!

The pump works with a quick up-and-down wrist action- something you are surely familiar with.

Thank you for riding your bike everywhere and choosing such a low impact, earth friendly lifestyle!
By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Sep 23, 2010
I've used the pump method on a couple dozen pitches but like the canned air better. I've cleaned a couple hundred pitches with canned air, love it, and find it extremely effective. I'm sorry, climbing community and mother earth. Please absolve me of my sins. Then give my routes lots of stars here on MP.
By Brian Hansen
From: West of Boulder, CO
Sep 23, 2010
Four words:




By Spencer Ericksen
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
May 7, 2015
And Brian Hansen slides into first X]
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How many cans of canned air does it take to clean up a wall? A lot. In all, we used about 18-20 cans! Six of these cans were used on Serengeti.

Submitted By: Tristan Higbee on Jul 23, 2008
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