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  • I believe it is related to the lake, sionnach--but don't quote me on that. It's definitely not named after the Irish guardians of the peace, though. :-)

    February 23, 2008

  • So I'm guessing that this name derives from the eponymous lake? As opposed to, say, the Irish guardians of the peace known as the 'Garda Siochana'.

    February 22, 2008

  • Also known as the alpine clutch, this is a type of knot known as a ratcheting knot in climbing for its ability to let the rope move in one direction only. Ratcheting knots are used in pulley systems in which a load is being hauled up a cliff; the Garda hitch prevents the load from slipping when the pulley system is reset.

    February 22, 2008