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A guy who is into a little bit of everything...music (listening and making it), photography, DIY, technology, the outdoors (hiking, backpacking, climbing...), and trying to live by grace through faith. I also currently work at a high adventure camp in the Southeast where I also do a little bit of everything...


Aug
28
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
So did you have any success with marking the gates of your carabiners? Did it last?
Aug
16
comment Dealing with large runouts during sport climbing
Often these type of routes with such long runout are actually mixed routes. These require placing some protection as you would with trad climbing, in addition to the bolts. A true sport route requires no additional protection to be placed to climb it safely. If you don't know how to do that, then I'd recommend getting a friend who does trad reliably to teach you.
Jul
19
comment Would 4mil polyethylene plastic make a good tarp tent? Clear Plastic Tarp?
Is the cost the only reason you're considering this idea? If so, then I think for just a little more money you could get a general purpose utility tarp and that would be far more durable. This kind of plastic wouldn't last more than a couple nights, that is, if it would even make it through one night without ripping or getting a hole in it somewhere.
May
19
comment How to dry wet shoes quickly?
I second this. One of the trails I frequent in the summer has almost 30 stream/river crossings in about 7 miles. It's not worth it to change shoes that many times so I use trail runners that drain easily instead of boots. And merino socks are essential. Never had any blisters this way either.
May
12
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Well I just bought some trekking poles so maybe I will be able to answer my own question in a few months.
May
12
comment Scarpa Manta - what size
Hey Jonathan welcome to The Great Outdoors! This type of question is not exactly meant for this site, so you're not going to have much luck here. It's too localized to a specific brand and model and could be considered a shopping question. If you haven't already done so, please check out this page about what types of questions to avoid, and conversely this page about how to ask good questions.
May
10
comment Learning to fall when leading: what is good fall technique?
I like this. As a friend of mine would say, "Take out the trash!" Mentally, clear your mind and stop thinking about it and just do it. Make the move and don't worry about falling. Stay loose and stay relaxed.
Apr
28
comment How to get started on canyoning?
@BenCrowell - Yeah, what Paul said. This is designed to cover the variations in terms that may be used to describe the same things. That's why I created both tags as I mentioned earlier.
Apr
27
comment Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
Great answer! And 25 people in one group in the backcountry?! Man that would stress me out. I like for them to stay under 10 myself.
Apr
26
comment What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
@Liam - Hey I started a meta about this question, if you're interested in contributing your perspective. It seems we need to establish some type of precedent on TGO regarding medical questions more than what we seem to currently have.
Apr
26
comment How to get started on canyoning?
@BenCrowell - Well I was going to go ahead and create the synonym in the tags when I edited the wiki but it wouldn't allow it since the tags were under the limit still. My reasoning was to create both because, for example, hiking and trekking are the same thing but are different tags for the variations in English dialects. If there's a better way than what I did then feel free to fix it. That was my first tag creation,...so yeah I might've done it incorrectly.
Apr
24
comment How to get started on canyoning?
I created tags for canyoneering and canyoning so now it's tagged properly. And by the way, welcome to The Great Outdoors!
Apr
24
comment How to get started on canyoning?
It's called canyoneering in North America and canyoning most everywhere else.
Apr
24
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Good to know! And the set of poles I borrowed were the twist-lock kind and I found myself readjusting the poles multiple times over the course of the trip. I was not a fan. Thanks for the confirmation!
Apr
23
comment What are the most recommended guide/maps to bring on a PCT thru-hike?
@ppl - I see. And I also now see that this was "asked Apr 14 '13" not "asked Apr 13 '14" as my brain first interpreted. But I will post any further discussion in the meta post you created.
Apr
22
comment Pike fishing equipment & rigging
Since you aren't having much luck with this question being answered you might try splitting it up into more answerable sections. Such as one question focused on equipment, and then another on technique for starters. You could honestly have one single question just dealing with the rod type and going into more detail with that. As it stands it's just too broad to get sufficient answers.
Apr
22
comment What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
Agreed. I have learned two methods, but this is the one my training has emphasized, largely because it can't really do any more harm even if it is unsuccessful. And you'd only be trying this in the situation where you don't have access to standard medical care, so no x-rays available.
Apr
22
comment Why do shin splints happen?
Improperly fitting footwear can cause these actually. I have some shoes I stopped wearing altogether because of this. Took some trial and error, but I finally narrowed it down.
Apr
22
comment Is the lookout safe?
This seems nearly impossible to sufficiently answer as it stands. Far too many variables at play, at least in my mind. Each situation is unique.
Apr
22
comment What are the most recommended guide/maps to bring on a PCT thru-hike?
You could perhaps change your question to focus on what resources are available and then future readers can decide for themselves what's best. Still a bit of a time-sensitivity, but not nearly like that of your question's current form.