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Jul
7
comment How to get a top-mount cooking burner for 20 lb propane tank?
Maybe they don't offer these because top-mount burners are less safe and you really don't want an accident with a 20 lb tank.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Dec
11
comment How to warm up your cold toes and fingers?
Welcome to Outdoors.StackExchange! It looks like that you were commenting to newenglander's answer about breathing. Than this should be a comment, not an answer. You can oress "add comment" below the answer to leave comments. Still, your advice about swinging arms and legs would be a good answer, but this just duplicates one of the already existing answers. If you want to emphasise something that was not mentioned before, please feel free to edit your answer. You can find more info about this site and its conventions here: outdoors.stackexchange.com/about
Nov
29
comment Avoiding tangles when leading on double ropes
Just a short comment not worth an answer: it becomes much better with practice. When I was younger, I could easily mess up just 2 ropes when rappeling: a rappeling rope and a belay rope. Now it improved much. And I've once seen a team of pros do a very complex operation during rescue competition and all their 6 ropes were perfectly fine.
Nov
29
comment How to use a Rap Ring
...And the reason why you need a rap ring or a carabiner is that you shouldn't pass the rope throught the loop directly. In such a case if the rope slips a little, the rope-to-loop friction destros the loop instantly and you fall down.
Sep
20
comment Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?
@DonBranson, it's quite common for long autonomous trips, when you carry all your food and gear, and don't visit stores (;)) or huts.
Sep
20
comment Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?
Could mister downvoter explain his opinion a little, please?
Sep
2
comment What are the suitable choices of crampons for Scarpa Charmoz GTX Women boots?
I'd like to add that one would prefer to make usage of a heel bail/welt and choose semi-automatic (aka newmatic) crampons, because completely strap bindings (aka universal crampons) hold on the boot not as good as semi-automatic ones.
Aug
23
comment How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
Please take a look at this question: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3730/… . It does not address all your issues, but you can still find it useful.