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Jan
11
comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
I am confused. You seem to be asking for the diameter of the accessory cord used for the Prusik loops themselves, yet AM_Hawk answer, which you Accepted, seems to describe the diameter of the rope you are ascending. Could you please clarify?
Jan
10
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Jan
2
comment Should you pop a blister?
That nail thing sounds nasty. Was the damage down at the base of the nail or just in the middle of the nail plate?
Jan
2
comment Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?
"... since the light is coming from close to the same direction you are looking from, you don't get much help from shadows to get 3D cues. Everything looks 'flat'." Great point. It does help you see eye shine better however, for what that's worth.
Jan
2
comment Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?
Good summary. Although narrow-beam headlamps are available they may be uncomfortable to use because you have to move your entire head when you want to look around instead of just your eyes; I find pointing a flashlight where I am looking much more intuitive. Therefore I suggest using the flood-headlamp, throw-flashlight combination.
Dec
21
comment How do I tie a figure of 8 knot
@Andrew That's a figure-8 on a bight. It cannot be used to tie the rope to a closed loop (on a harness) which is why the follow through or retrace is used.
Dec
21
comment Cramping Fingers
I'm glad to hear you're doing better. Have fun climbing!
Dec
19
comment How do I tie a figure of 8 knot
I feel this is already better addressed in other places such as Animated Knots by Grog. (Note there the extra step I mentioned.) I also feel that outside of animations knots are better learned in person. Nevertheless I may post an image if I can find one that is not copyrighted.
Dec
18
comment How do I tie a figure of 8 knot
I agree with @AM_Hawk and also in the last photo the upper two loops are not lying well. You need to pass the running end between the existing strand and the loop either at the beginning or at the end (the lower or upper loop) if you want a perfectly dressed knot.
Dec
17
comment Cramping Fingers
Has this improved for you? How are you doing?
Dec
11
comment How to warm up your cold toes and fingers?
"Hold your arms down by your side with your hands extended sideways at 90 degree angles to your arms. Vigorously shrug up and down rapidly. (Weird - but works wonders)" -- When I was shown this one I thought I was being put on, but it actually works.
Nov
2
comment What is a typical elongation of a dynamic climbing rope?
Good commentary. +1 One point: elasticity and peak impact force are not directly correlated (inversely); you can find ropes that have moderate stretch yet have a "soft catch." I presume this is done by having a flatter force curve. Also, you might consider adding something about a dynamic belay as it is very relevant.
Sep
27
comment Please Explain Rock Climbing Grades
Nice writeup. One thing: I believe the YDS originally topped at 5.9. Would you check your sources?
Aug
28
comment FiveFingers or hiking boots?
+1 for personal experience rather than speculation.
Aug
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Surviving a forest fire by starting another fire
Aug
22
comment outdoor reading - are there any outdoorsy comics?
I could have brainstormed for weeks to list questions that might be asked on this site, and I wouldn't have come up with that one.
Aug
22
comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
I don't see how an atlatl is applicable to hunting "rabbits [and] pidgeon" as the OP requests. What support do you have for this position?
Aug
21
revised Sunblock for clothing-optional camping
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Aug
21
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Aug
21
answered Sunblock for clothing-optional camping