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Feb
21
comment Best type of rope for glacier travel?
Based on a comprehensive Mr.Wizard's answer, I'd like to add, that it may still be a good idea to use a single rope (maybe a 9-mm single rope), if you are planning more than crossing glaciers by well-know paths. In case of getting lost or emergency you might need more than a 1/2 rope.
Feb
18
answered What to do about slippery plastic soles of cross country ski boots
Feb
11
comment Is it possible to rappel with only a rope? (No harness, Prusik cord, or other gear)
A harness is not enough. You also need a sturdy friction point(s): something metallic or at least your body.
Feb
4
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Dec
21
answered What is a good material to patch holes in backpack?
Dec
19
comment Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
If only I could +1 this 10 times!
Dec
19
comment Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
@Mia, please divide all these "-20 is easy" claims by 5. It is easy for a group of experienced men, and it's not at all easy for a single person new to low temperatures. If you do it wrong, you risk severe frost bites (and loss of fingers/toes) and pneumonia.
Dec
7
comment What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
@OlinLathrop, still sometimes cooking inside is the only alternative to no cooking at all. And, imo, candle is worse that LED headlamp for lighting and worse than gas stove for cooking (because its power and energy conversion efficiency is lower and CO emission per calorie is higher).
Dec
6
answered Apart from down, is there any outdoor material that should not be stored stuffed?
Dec
6
answered What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
Dec
6
awarded  Commentator
Dec
6
comment What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
You are talking of making light, but what's (arguably) more common is cooking inside the tent because of bad weather, which you can't replace by candles or diode headlamps.
Nov
27
answered What can I use to label my medicine tubes?
Nov
26
comment Snowshoes for hilly terrain
Note, that in windy conditions snow may be pressed hard and ice-film may form, so you'll need crampons in addition to your snowshoes.
Nov
20
comment How efficient is the Altai skis “the Hok”?
In a really deep snow, like 1-2 meters thick, walking on foot is almost impossible: you are buried up to your waist. So skis and snowshoes are the only options, skis being the faster one.
Nov
20
answered How efficient is the Altai skis “the Hok”?
Nov
20
answered Climbing Insurance
Nov
17
answered What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
Nov
15
comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
@gerrit, a storm in Himalaya is a very extreme example;) I've made a lot of <0 C bathroom trips, some of them barefoot on the snow, and it's not that awful. Never tried during a heavy storm, though.
Nov
15
comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
It is true, but doesn't apply always and without thinking.