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Software developer with 13 years experience. At the moment I'm mainly interested in:

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Feb
1
comment What’s the difference between a B and a T ice axe?
Disagree that B's are lighter, almost all technical climbing axes are T rated and are almost all lighter than general mountaineering axes, which make up most B rated axes.
Apr
2
comment How do I tie a double fisherman's knot?
@Mr.Wizard - Thanks for the update, interesting reading. Its well worth mentioning that an overhand used this way needs to be properly tightened and tied with a long tail (half a meter).
Feb
3
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
This is a bit hit and miss, I certainly wouldn't rely on it in a tight situation. The scout's motto is "Be prepared" so you should really have a map and compass.
Feb
3
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
+1 - fog/night nav requires a map, compass and great skill. Practice makes perfect too, so make sure you have a go in the daytime/good visibility.
Jan
27
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
Don't know of a definitive list, but you're looking at mountains with little or no snow/ice. As soon as you are into ice axe/crampon territory most guides/instructors are going to insist on roping up. This means you are looking at volcanoes (and therefore minimum galciation) and Kilimanjaro/Mt Kenya are probably amongst the tallest.
Jan
27
comment How do I wash Gore-Tex clothing?
Don't use fabric conditioner
Jan
26
comment When buying a backpack, what should I pay attention to?
+1 Fit is number one. There are so many packs on the market, your strategy should be to shortlist all the packs with the features you need, then try them all on and buy the best fitting/most comfortable. Try the pack on in the shop with a full load. Wear it for a while and browse the rest of the shop - having it on for 2 minutes won't tell you if it is going to be comfotable. Everyone's body is a slightly different shape and size, so what is comforable for one person might not be for another.
Jan
26
comment How do I self arrest without an ice axe?
@Danderanger - The first thing most instructors will tell you is to remove the leash from your axe. If you do fall and the axe is not in your hand then you certainly don't want it bouncing around your head as you try and arrest yourself.
Jan
26
comment What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?
+1 - Massive topic, impossible to cover everything in a single answer.
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
+1 - the device pictured seems to have two identical holes so point 1 and 2 are out, but its a good answer.