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Jan
25
comment How can I acclimatize to cold?
@theJollySin If you watch the "Daredevils" video you'll see that he sits is very cold water (for about 45 minutes if I recall) as a conditioning method, not just a stunt. He's apparently being doing this for years. He'll slip out at night to soak for a while in the cold river near his house, etc. Sounds miserable to me but apparently it, among other things, has conditioned body and mind in an unusual way. I'll look for some other references to his training a bit later.
Jan
15
comment Is cougar hunting legal?
@Don I've since realized that Thomas on some kind of animal rights crusade after seeing other (deleted) comments of his.
Jan
14
comment Methods for taping hands, wrists, and fingers for climbing?
@manoftheson I'm glad it helps and I agree with not Accepting too soon.
Dec
13
comment Are there any exceptions to the layer principle?
From experience growing up with snowy winters I think it would be hard to match the warmth of a down parka with wool and poly layers, and I don't think it would be nearly as comfortable once you did. Based on your profile you live in a place at least as cold. Therefore I ask: (1) What's your experience with down? (2) Do you find that you need to dress less warmly than others?
Dec
11
comment Where can I get Tyvek maps?
@Russell I don't know where I would get images of sufficient resolution for street maps, and I would like both types of maps in color which I cannot print. If I can get the images I could potentially have them printed, but in my experience that will be a lot more expensive than if a general Tyvek map service exists.
Dec
7
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
You wear glasses and that is likely protection enough. I sometimes wear lenses while hiking so that I don't have to worry about stray twigs. To each his own I suppose.
Dec
7
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
Have you tried Silky and ARS saws?
Dec
7
comment Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
@Kate isn't that what long underwear is? In colder states "long johns" are common.
Dec
7
comment Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
Good points (+1). Re: (2) There are full-side-zip pants for mountaineers (crampons) and wide-opening pants for skiers/boarders and regular boots. Re: (3) Any time it's cold or wet I've used layers, and so did the people around me. Because a jacket is easier to put on everyone starts there when that is sufficient of course.
Dec
7
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
@Olin a machete serves a different purpose I believe. From your answer I think you're used to hardwood forests, where a machete doesn't do much good, but they can be very quick for soft, fast growing shoots and vines that would take a lot longer to clear one at a time with a clipper. Although now that I look at link that looks like a pretty poor machete.
Dec
7
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
Great answer. I'd like to add one thing: bring eye protection!
Dec
6
comment What's the best writing implement to carry to sign a Geocache?
Fisher space pen perhaps?
Dec
6
comment Performance of fur garments?
@MaskedPlant I'll consider splitting this soon.
Dec
5
comment How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
What do you find missing from my current answer? I believe all the information is provided in the linked videos and articles, and illustrated in the pictures.
Dec
5
comment Are there significant behaviour differences among bear species to adopt different safety rules?
@Kate I was sorely tempted to post that full joke as an answer.
Dec
1
comment Performance of fur garments?
@sdg I'm not particularly interested in fur garments available today, but rather the comparison between historical and modern. I guess a secondary interest would be the use of animal pelts in a survival situation but that's fanciful.
Dec
1
comment Performance of fur garments?
@Olin Yes, which is part of the motivation for my question. Nevertheless people and animals are different; sea otters eat about one third of their body weight every day so for example a human in a complete suit of sea otter fur is still not going to survive icy water.
Nov
30
comment Is department store merino wool less effective than branded (i.e. SmartWool) merino wool in staying warm and wicking moisture?
Great answer. I don't usually shop at Wal-Mart (after a few "fail in ten days" experiences) but I wouldn't mind some inexpensive wool socks that last. Is there a particular version you're getting? Also, I understand your reasons but I'd love to know which brands of shoes worked for you and which didn't.
Nov
12
comment How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
@yarian thanks for the vote. I guess that's what Adam was showing at the beginning of the "Using line lockers" video but an actual setup using that method was not shown (that I have seen).
Sep
28
comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
@Miguel I posted an answer that I made as thorough as possible while remaining reasonable. Please review it and tell me what you think.