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Mar
18
comment Winter Camping: How to warm up your boots in the morning?
Very nice and laconic answer! I'd like to add, that you may want to put your boots into a plastic bag before letting it inside the tent or sleeping bag to avoid wetting the bag, your socks, friends, etc...
Mar
12
comment Rapid backpack readying
I'd better make spreadsheets for any kind of a trip (maybe even with some duration-dependent logic) and use them as a todo list to pick equipment from your organized shelves. Though I don't understand why your first approach doesn't work, can you explain a bit more, please?
Mar
6
comment How to minimize sea sickness?
The bit about resting you head is probably controversal: for me it works better to sit with head and shoulders not touching the seat back, which reduces head motion. But tested in cars, not sea vessels.
Mar
2
comment Best type of rope for glacier travel?
Thank you, @Mr.Wizard, I should really study modern ropes more before giving such advice.
Feb
28
comment What do you do if the fire does get “out of control”?
@MaskedPlant, absolutely. Moreover, dirt will cover some flames and make them lower, which is a much stronger effect than adding slightly more fuel.
Feb
28
answered What do you do if the fire does get “out of control”?
Feb
21
comment Best type of rope for glacier travel?
Thanks for the article link. Actually, it seems that stretch ability of the rope plays even less role when walking, because the holding person is not fixed to the ground. The thick snow acts as a shock absorber and friction provider pretty well.
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
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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
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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?