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Jul
17
comment Whats the best way to abseil off a ledge with the anchor at foot level?
That being said, getting your Prusik caught is a nightmare - try it at home sometime and see if you can figure out how to get it out!
Jul
17
comment Whats the best way to abseil off a ledge with the anchor at foot level?
In the particular case of this question, it actually has a downside - you have to get even lower before your weight is on your ropes!
Jun
5
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
I wish I could give you more than one upvote, Ben. I'm not sure I would personally skip treating water when I'm not sure of the wilderness upstream from where I'm sourcing, but otherwise... There's nothing more satisfying than dipping water out of an alpine stream and drinking deep :)
May
16
comment How do I properly use the cinch-straps that came with my daypack?
Is there a "best" way to thread them I wonder? like shoe-laces is probably the most common right?
May
14
comment What does “expedition-weight” mean with regard to clothing?
Expedition-weight is a marketing term IMHO, you won't find an official definition
Apr
25
comment While backpacking, should one bring hand sanitizer, soap, or both?
Is plain soap friendly to the environment? I don't know the answer, but I am aware that many people carry "special" soap that claims to be biodegradable (i.e. Campsuds).
Mar
28
comment How small is “too small” for tent guylines?
Why not? The question is about guylines on tents. Your answer is just as useful without telling him to use a tarp!
Mar
20
comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
What exactly do you mean by "allowed"? It seems like you're asking a legal question, but you tagged it ethics/etiquette?
Feb
27
comment Do bag liners add the same warmth value to all sleeping bags?
I second everyone that questions the magic warming power of liners (especially the thin silk-type ones). Waterproof liners (aka vapour barriers) have a place in winter camping, but beyond that, insulated liners would be the only sure-fire way I can see to increase warmth!
Feb
5
comment May hiking in Eastern California
Sorry, gerrit, I just don't know much about those areas which is why I didn't make an answer to your Q
Feb
5
comment May hiking in Eastern California
I don't have a positive answer, but the Sierras are usually buried in snow til mid-June. So I would look into your backup areas more closely!
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
@DavidR - good answer. It rains a lot where I am, and wet ropes haven't made any difference to my rapping experience...
Jan
24
comment Can I replace Dish soap?
A handful of sand is amazingly effective :)
Jun
27
comment Avoiding compression when packing synthetic sleeping bag
When you say "extreme", is that the particular synthetic fill?
Jun
1
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
@Vorac - I almost always hike in trail runners, which drain immediately.
May
30
comment Pros and Cons of paracord
What's the weight/bulk difference between say 550 paracord and your average yellow poly stuff? Everything you said is all nice, but for me, the weight is probably the key difference...
May
29
comment Is it possible to sunburn through clothing?
@HenrikHansen true, but fabric designed to have high UPF can definitely be thin/breathable and still provide excellent protection
May
14
comment What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
Rory - what modern materials are you referring to? I've never owned a tent made of breathable fabric, and in North America they are mostly restricted to a handful of mountaineering tents (usually Epic or eVent fabrics). In my experience, tent flys are 100% non-breathable.
May
11
comment How do I remove mildew from a tent?
and the more nervous you are, the more you can dilute :)
May
11
comment How can I improve on the straps on my travel pack?
I'm surprised the buckle won't hold without the clasp.