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Programmer, translator, mountaineering wannabe.
Here’s my code, my pictures and my blog.


Mar
18
comment Winter Camping: How to warm up your boots in the morning?
I find it impossible to warm my feet in the frozen boots until after the first few hundred meters on the track, when the whole body really heats up. But I run in the frozen boots around the camp, too, because what else can I do? :)
Mar
18
comment Winter Camping: How to warm up your boots in the morning?
Plastic bag would be a must, indeed! But even after that I wouldn’t want to share the snugness of my sleeping bag with the… resulting object.
Mar
18
answered Winter Camping: How to warm up your boots in the morning?
Mar
12
awarded  Excavator
Mar
12
revised How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Grammar fix.
Mar
12
revised What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
Added a warning about incorrect bowline use.
Mar
12
revised How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Placed a warning marker on the wrong image.
Mar
12
comment How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
I have edited the question to sound less alarmist. I didn’t want to go to the completely general case of loading different types of knots, but I think you can still slip the information about the figure-8 into your answer quite nicely.
Mar
12
revised How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Slightly rewritten to better fit the edited question.
Mar
12
revised How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Generalized the question.
Mar
12
comment How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
@DavidR, you’re right, but the problem is that the bowline is often presented as a knot that can’t slip no matter what. And unstated non-obvious assumptions (such as that you don’t load the knot sideways) are very bad when talking about safety. Even in my answer I say that the first option is perfectly acceptable and further discussion here should make the case completely clear. Main thing is that people know the dangerous case.
Mar
12
revised How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Added the background information.
Mar
12
answered How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Mar
12
comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
Bowline absolutely and positively can slip, even under load, people have died because of it. The problem is in the way you put load on the knot. If you load the main part of the rope going away from the knot, everything is fine. But if you pull the main “loop” sideways, for example by creating a sling around a tree and rappelling down from the sling, the knot can untie easily, especially if the force comes and goes. I will explain further in a follow-up question.
Mar
12
asked How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Mar
8
answered Can I use a garbage bag to approximate pack size
Mar
8
revised Can I use a garbage bag to approximate pack size
Joined into paragraphs.
Mar
4
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Even if the chance of shooting the bear is small (I have no idea), it’s still better than just standing there and realizing that the noise flare didn’t work out? Or did you mean to say that you would go for a noise flare + pepper spray combination?
Mar
4
revised Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Better title.
Mar
4
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
The obvious downside to a noise flare in comparison with a big gun is that when the first attempt at scaring the bear is not successfull, with a rifle you still have a chance?