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Dec
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comment How to choose a fire steel and use it most effectively?
Thanks for the idea. I'll have to try that. If you have the time and facility I would love to see a video demonstration of these methods.
Nov
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comment Drinking alcohol as the last choice in survival situation
Strongly related and preexisting question on Biology.SE: (31616)
Nov
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revised Can any waterborne pathogens survive boiling?
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comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
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Nov
20
comment water knot vs figure 8 follow through vs X for rock climbing anchor - What is easiest to untie?
-1 for implicitly recommending a method that results in tri-axial loading. I will reverse my vote if you replace the image with one of the corrected methods.
Nov
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comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
@Walter I suspect that you will run into other practical problems first, such as having strong enough Prusik cord that grips the slick Amsteel rope. Fall-arrest devices are usually made for thick industrial rope but there may be specialized equipment available that suits your needs. Consider posting a Question on this subject so that the wider experience of the community may help you find a solution for your specific situation.
Nov
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comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
@Walter Your comment appears to have been truncated. The main rope over which the friction hitch is sliding is usually not at risk of failure -- I have never read about a case where it was the element that failed at least. However I suppose it may be possible to produce a failure: suppose the Prusik cord is an aramid with a high decomposition temperature and the main line is Dyneema with a low melting temperature; hypothetically if the hitch slides a long way and then catches maybe it could accumulate enough heat to melt the Dyneema. (continued)
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Nov
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comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@OlinLathrop I am sorry to disappoint but the photos are not mine. I simply found them in a Google Image Search and posting them here seemed to me within fair use. :-/
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Sep
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comment What to do when you run out of rope on a sports climb?
This is the first time I have seen this method and I like it! However I have a concern: a single Prusik is not usually considered adequate for fall-arrest, and Prusik knots can fuse to the rope after a fall which could complicate things significantly. Perhaps that is not a problem here if the dynamic rope is the primary energy dissipator rather than the slipping Prusik?
Aug
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revised Is it realistic to teach yourself rock climbing?
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Aug
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comment When will a rattlesnake strike?
No answer because I have no personal experience (thankfully!) but I've heard an old-timer swear by carrying a revolver loaded with tiny shotgun cartridges when deep in rattler country, specifically to dispatch snakes. Apparently there can be so many snakes you risk stepping on an unseen one while avoiding the one you do see, and dispatch is preferable? Obviously this is not a solution that is applicable everywhere.
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comment Are manual double-back buckles on harnesses considered obsolete?
That makes more sense. A number of leg loops are being made completely without buckles now (just elastic or some kind of tensioner) so it does not surprise me if the ones with buckles are (semi?)captive as apparently they think these don't need to be openable. I'll keep this in mind the next time I am shopping for a harness.
May
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comment Are manual double-back buckles on harnesses considered obsolete?
You can typically "completely open" speed buckles as well. On what brands have you run into captive ones?