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Apr
8
comment Is a tarp necessary if you have a tent with a rainfly and a footprint?
Often your tent gets wet due to night rain or dew, but the day itself is dry/sunny. Than if you wake up late, you can dry the tent just by letting it stay a bit longer. If you wake up early, dry it during your lunch - just unpack and spread it under the sun.
Apr
1
comment How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
I've been to many places but never met a place with such a weather. Well, it's never too late to learn, and you have answered my "why" question. But please let me leave my answer here for the googlers living in less harsh conditions.
Mar
28
comment How do I fold in / tidy up the straps on my rucksack?
Still most bags are alike, so someone could answer this in a generic way - concerning any straps and any bags.
Mar
24
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
Sorry, mentioned it in the image description, but it looks like this info in not displayed in the title of the image as I expected. Edited the post to provide reference.
Mar
24
revised What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
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Mar
24
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
@BenCrowell, I have posted a disclaimer and two P.S. notes to warn against this method. If you think it's not enough, please feel free to edit my answer to emphasize it more.
Mar
23
answered How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Mar
23
answered What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
Mar
23
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
by "flipped" I meant that spines go side by side, but (locking) gates unscrew in opposite directions (if carabiners are oval, they will be parallel, if not - form an X).
Mar
23
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
With two ropes the braking position on the video should be enough. But as you can clearly see, in this position the ropes go with almost no bends. If you have one rope, weigh 80+ kg and are wearing a backpack, you will not be able to stop like this. Try and get your fingers burned under the gloves. You are right, "my" breaking position requires using locked carabiner in C.
Mar
23
answered What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
Mar
23
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
Note 3: never ever clip carabiner A/B directly into your belay loop, or it will be destroyed instantly by the passing rope.
Mar
23
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
Note 2: if you are using locking carabiners, only three are required (B may be omitted). Please correct me if there are some advice against this. Also, if C is a locking carabiner too, it is really MUCH safer. Imagine that C turns around when you release the weight from the ropes for a moment... In fact, we are usually using 1 carabiner in place of A and two carabiners at C, gates flipped, to make sure at least one gate will not get opened by the passing rope.
Mar
23
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
Note that with this device you brake by lifting your hand up, not by putting it behind your back as with most belay plates. So you should bring your reflexes under strict control.
Feb
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can rope/cordage be packed to minimize tangles?
Feb
19
answered Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
Feb
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can rope/cordage be packed to minimize tangles?
Feb
12
comment Roping together on an icy path?
@BenCrowell, right, the conditions may vary. Still, for an unexperienced man it's had to tell one from another, and his self-arrest performance will also be lower. Imho, from your answer someone might imply that they just need an ice axe, so my point was to explain a little more how all the components of safety go together.
Feb
11
answered Roping together on an icy path?
Feb
11
comment Roping together on an icy path?
@BenCrowell, you definitely can self-arrest with trekking poles, done it many times. It's just a different kind of technique. Of course, not as effective as with an ice axe. And not on the ice, only on the snow. Still, there are few mountaineers who can self-arrest even with an ice axe properly on ice steeper than 10 degrees.