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Jun
18
comment Sustainable systems for carrying out human waste
Uh, why? Every other critter out there leaves their scat wherever they go. You need to bury yours, but carrying it out is unnecessary.
Jun
18
comment How can I report an emergency via SMS text message?
I'm often in this same situation, where the nearest cell signal is miles away. There's the rule "never hike alone" which helps with this, provided you're not too seriously hurt. Having said that, many of us do hike solo. Know some first aid, tell people where you're going to be and when, and leave a map, make sure your will's up-to-date.
May
18
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
@Lagerbaer - Yeah, they generally like it taught. I've never see in be a safety issue, but it can interfere with movement.
May
14
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
Answering was fine. There's good content there, but the slack issue is subjective, at least in part.
May
14
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
I disagree with keeping all visible slack out in the scenario you describe - that often reduces freedom of movement and hampers climbing. I prefer a little slack, which most people seem to after they get comfortable on the wall.
May
13
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
+1 Good answer - it eventually boils down to what the climbers asks for.
May
8
comment How do you remove mold from a tent?
When I first read this I thought, "That's ridiculous, of course it kills mold." A little reading around seems to indicate that it does kill and deodorize mold, but only on non-porous surfaces, since it can't get deep into the pores of wood. Tent fabric isn't that deep, though, so it might effectively kill mold in tent fabric. It will leave behind the dead mold which can still cause allergic reactions in some cases, but at least the smell will be gone. Having said that, though, I'd be worried about whether it causes damage to the fibers themselves.
May
3
accepted What features to consider when buying a bouldering slipper?
May
2
asked What features to consider when buying a bouldering slipper?
May
1
answered Any tips to reduce chance that I have to get up and pee in the night (not counting dehydration, of course)
May
1
comment Any tips to reduce chance that I have to get up and pee in the night (not counting dehydration, of course)
So, some people keep a jar in the tent to pee in. I prefer not to. :)
May
1
answered How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Apr
30
answered How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes
Apr
24
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
"Don't do anything to the bite." That's interesting. Why not use a Sawyer extractor on it to get the venom out as quickly as possible?
Apr
22
comment What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?
@RussellSteen - Good point about attracting wildlife, which implies that you shouldn't cook near a waterhole, either, since the main attractor of wildlife (bears) is cooking food. If you want bears in your camp overnight, be sure to cook your evening meal in camp. ;)
Apr
13
comment Is drinking urine safe?
If you have the gear to make a solar still such as this, you can also set it up in the sun to extract moisture from green vegetation.
Apr
8
comment Practicality of Beards
@MaskedPlant We don't, no. Strictly A/C for cooling the home. I've been in hotels in AZ that had evaporative coolers. They're great when you have that option.
Apr
8
comment Practicality of Beards
@MaskedPlant - Near St. Louis, MO, USA. Yes, it typically gets quite humid - 90%+ for long periods during the summer.
Mar
28
comment Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
@RussellSteen. Agreed. If it's two feet in diameter, I'm almost certainly going to step on it rather than around. There's just no hard-and-fast rule. But, I think that the danger seems greater than it actually is. My first aid book claims that about 2/3 of snakebites in the US are on the upper body of males that have been drinking. In other words, snakes generally would like to avoid us or not engage us aggressively unless we get stupid and pick them up without first identifying them.
Mar
27
comment Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
When I do step over a log of any size, I always peer over it first. So, no worries about critters or falling. Anyway, by the time you get there, the snake has heard you coming and left. Does anyone know of an actual case where someone stepped over a log and got bit? I'm sure they happen, but if you "walk heavy" approaching the log, they'll run.