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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.
Apr
22
comment What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
I think it would be worth pointing out in the answer that while the Munter is useful, it imparts crazy amounts of twist into your rope and will also wear the outer sheath more quickly than a belay device.
Apr
22
comment What precautions are needed for caving
@Liam - Do you mean CO2 damaging the cave? If so, the only instances I know where CO2 is an issue are caves where ancient cave drawings/paintings are present. It was found that prolonged exposure from the breath of large amounts of visitors caused further degradation of the historical artwork on the cave walls. Not saying there aren't any, but I don't know of any cases where the natural environment of the cave is harmed by CO2, but there are some of the opposite: where hazardous gases can harm people entering the cave. Anyone else care to weigh in on this?
Apr
22
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Couldn't fit all this in one comment: The reason I say all that is I don't believe that just because trekking poles cause more calories to be burned that it makes my question unanswerable. Many, many people use poles and surely there are some things that each do well and the other doesn't, or maybe not. It would be good to find out either way.
Apr
22
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
What I glean from both Ben and DavidR's answers in the post to which he linked is that poles are useful in the context of lessening load/impact/wear & tear on the lower extremities by engaging the upper body as well. Which makes sense and seems obvious. That they cause a higher calorie burn is also not surprising since more of the body is being engaged in activity. But it seems usefulness of some kind is established regardless.
Apr
22
comment Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
@BenCrowell - According to this, cook group=1, how would you go about organizing a group's needs though? Should each person bring their own stove, fuel, and pots...? I understand your point, but not sure about the practicality and logistics when taking a group out, many of whom have never been backpacking before. And good hygiene on the trail is something I heavily emphasize (enforce) to groups for the very reason you mention.