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Jan
24
comment How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
Great question, but I don't know if you'll get a well qualified answer here. I suggest asking professional arborists. Of course they should also be connected with a rope, but they should at least have experience with what does and does not hold weight, be able to recognize a rotten branch, etc.
Jan
17
comment Belly flopping top outs
@bashophil Do tell.
Jan
17
comment Belly flopping top outs
If you are a bad-ass: youtube.com/watch?v=KI4-ZHYy9IQ :-) (I most assuredly am not.)
Jan
15
comment How can I tell when water is contaminated with industrial chemicals without any special equipment?
"so that you don't get sick from hand-to-mouth contamination with their gut flora, which your own body doesn't tolerate like it tolerates its own." -- OK, gross question, but are you saying your own feces won't make you (as) sick? I always assumed that lower GI germs introduced to the upper GI tract is what makes the fecal-oral route especially dangerous. Are you saying instead that someone might prepare food for the group with dirty hands and make everybody else stick, but not himself?
Jan
14
comment Is it realistic to teach yourself rock climbing?
@Blackbear I'm glad you found my answer helpful. I added my response to your follow-up question to my answer because it became too long for comments.
Jan
13
comment What mountain is it?
@Liam It would seem to infringe upon your ability to use Gmail if you are unable to share a snapshot of your screen. Unless Gmail terms specifically forbid that action I'd say this is fair use of the image.
Jan
13
comment How to pick a trekking/hiking shoelaces?
I don't do much hiking so I refrained from answering myself, but I also like flat laces; they seem to be easier on the fingers and as you stated easier to un-knot. (+1)
Jan
12
comment Shall I buy a Large size shell if I am wearing Medium size Down Jacket?
I am voting to close this question. It really depends on the sizing of the specific shell that you are talking about; some brands leave more room than others. You do not want the insulation heavily compressed or it will not work correctly. You really need to try on the combination to see how it fits.
Jan
11
comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
@AM_Hawk Thanks for the clarification. I'm glad you weren't suggesting what I thought you were.
Jan
11
comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
I just noticed that you linked to a 7.5mm Twin rope as an example. So you are describing ascending two strands of rope at once? You should be able to use at least a 6mm Prusik loop in that configuration. I was assuming that you were referring to a single strand of Tech rope, like BlueWater's 7.5mm Escape-Tech.
Jan
11
comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
@AM_Hawk Personally I would not be comfortable on 5mm Nylon unless there was a back-up attachment to the system. Are you supposing that 5mm Nylon is OK as one's only attachment points?
Jan
11
comment What's the minimum diameter cord to use when climbing a rope using a prusik
@AM_Hawk I guess your answer then is 5mm Prusik cord. Nylon or Tech cord?
Jan
11
comment Using a Girth Hitch in Alpine Draws
For anyone interested, the now-broken first link in my comment above was to this article: QC Lab: Connecting Two Slings Together. The second link is still working, but here is another entry point: QC LAB: Slings and Quickdraws
Jan
11
comment How dangerous is it to fall 3 meters when lead climbing?
+1 especially for explaining why it is a bad idea to clip a bolt as soon as you can barely reach it. I see that way too often.
Jan
11
comment How do climbers retrieve anchored rope?
@BenCrowell That is not strictly true; there are methods for retrievable slings, though they are apparently not commonly used, and some are certainly unsafe.
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
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.