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Aug
21
comment Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
@Łukasz I think by "can't take it to the same level" he means strip down completely.
Aug
14
comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
I tried to learn to use a sling as a kid (you know, like David!) and let me tell you it's incredibly difficult. I'm giving a +1 for hand-thrown net as it triggered a memory of seeing (video) of that used very effectively for birds.
Aug
12
comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
@Marcus Yes, please do be responsible about not maiming a bunch of critters when lacking either the accuracy or power for a clean kill.
Aug
12
comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
@Marcus By the way I would consider 00 or 000 buckshot for hunting, which should be pretty hard, though please remember I've not done this myself.
Aug
12
comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
@Marcus That depends on both the lead and the target. Very soft lead (think fishing sinkers) hitting a hard target will surely deform at slingshot-attainable velocity (which is why they don't bounce much); on the other hand I'd expect that hard-cast antimony lead hitting wood or bone would not appreciably deform at any velocity you could achieve.
Aug
12
comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
@Marcus Not with hunting, no. I did play with a standard store-bought tubular band model a lot as a kid so I'm at least familiar with the basics. If you try one the flat bands have less internal losses so they're faster. Also, steel shot bounces so be careful; soft lead is better in that regard.
Aug
11
comment Is it safe to drink hot water? How hot can it be?
I find this a strange question. Pragmatically speaking don't you already have experience with this? People regularly drink hot tea, coffee, chocolate, etc. that is as hot as comfortable without ill effect. When you say "burn" do you mean more than uncomfortably hot?
May
17
comment what to do with the lap coiled rope if the belayer wishes to lead consecutive pitches
Since I don't have practical experience with this yet I'll just post a comment with a discussion link.
May
14
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
Everything here is familiar to me except for: "An inexperienced climber might want to be kept tight just having cleared a roof with a lot of rope out, which would result in face and roof meeting with great force." Would you elaborate?
Feb
27
comment How far is a reasonable distance for someone to hike on their first trip?
@OlinLathrop Erobic exercise? So um... this?
Feb
21
comment Best type of rope for glacier travel?
@Steed I don't think I can agree with that advice for the reason described here. The sheath of a skinny single is just too thin, and quoting: "People also need to recognize that even though these are single ropes, and even though the diameter is larger than our Genesis half ropes, under conditions where the main danger is cutting or abrasion the thicker rope might actually be LESS durable and have a lower safety margin."
Feb
18
comment Is freeze-dried food healthy?
Can you cite any sources for this information?
Feb
2
comment How to toughen up hands?
@DavidR Thanks. It should also be good for the antagonist muscles of the shoulder and back.
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
David, no, I don't have a reference. I think it is good to know how to add extra friction to the system should it be needed in any event, which was the focus of my answer, but as stated on the first line I have never rappelled in the rain.
Jan
30
comment Lacing materials for huaraches
Theoretically UHMWPE (Spectra, Dyneema) should be a top choice, being one of the most abrasion resistant polymers, and following the logic of Don's comment the thicker the individual fiber the better.
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
Thanks David. I'm not personally concerned about it as I am confident that I could easily get enough friction. Rather, in the context of the question it sounds like you haven't needed to add friction for rain and that (new rope) would be my only area of concern for advising others. Oh, and I use a Prusik but it seems the autoblock is more popular so I should probably look into that.
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
+1 -- Since you may have experience with this do new ropes (which are slicker and have fresher dry treatment) become more slippery than older ropes? That would be my primary concern, having not yet had to rappel in the rain.
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
An example of a redirect: alpineinstitute.blogspot.com/2010/07/…
Jan
29
comment Methods for taping hands, wrists, and fingers for climbing?
@theJollySin I've had the same problem and yet I have no solution other than shaving your wrists. :-p The backs of the hands can be done by putting tape sticky side to sticky side but you still have to tape these on somehow. I suppose you could put something under the tape but I fear the tape would have to be very tight to keep from sliding up your hand. Maybe you could get away with Coban™ over clean skin, under the tape, but I haven't tried.
Jan
26
comment Methods for taping hands, wrists, and fingers for climbing?
@manoftheson Now that it's been two weeks and there are no better answer, perhaps you'll consider the Accept?