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Mar
21
comment Is my tent pole a lightning rod?
@mpoisot: What a great resource!
Mar
18
comment What sleep quality do you get in the outdoors?
@Ghanima: ups! Fixed. Mindwin: Guilty as charged myself...
Mar
16
comment Tent inside of a tent- any improvement in warmth?
Just a quick note: If the extra insulation between the tent and the fly touches the fly, and if it where to rain, the fly will leak.
Mar
14
comment Yosemite in late March a good idea?
Make sure you have warm gear that can keep you dry. Might be a great time to beat the crowds. Be advised that even though it might be raining, getting a tent spot on the weekend is unlikely, though you should check the reservation site. Have a backup plan for where you are staying at night if all reservations are taken.
Mar
5
comment Is the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove too good to be true?
Since you ask for similar systems out there: I have received one of these bioliteenergy.com/products/biolite-campstove for christmas a few years back. I must say I haven't used it much, because I am so used to my liquid fuel system and I often go into areas where you are not allowed to burn any biomass, so I can't give you a review. I normally carry a battery pack that can give my iPhone 6 charges. Together with my stove and fuel the weight is about the same, at least for up to 10 day trips.
Mar
2
comment When is it appropriate to make a cairn?
...also before going into battle.
Feb
1
comment Is it ever necessary to double up locking carabiners?
Great answer speaking to actual data.
Jan
31
comment What is the correct way to attach a rope to a harness with carabiners?
@ShemSeger: As I said, when I was leading ropes courses, we had to double up on screw-gate carabiners. If I remember correctly we where operating under the guidelines of the ACCT. I don't know if they still require this, but that was the case about 6 years ago.
Jan
31
comment What is the correct way to attach a rope to a harness with carabiners?
@ShemSeger: It sounds like Petzl wants us to use two carabiners: prcainfo.org/advisories/…
Jan
17
comment How can I recuperate between two long walks
@PhilMJones: Preparing correctly sets you up for faster recuperation, I therefore deemed those aspects of my answer relevant. If you are already doing all that, great! Maybe my remarks will be useful to someone in the future. I am glad to hear that you are leaving extra weight at home. I have seen people lug all kinds of stuff on short hikes!
Jan
14
comment How can I recuperate between two long walks
Cramping is often a sign of dehydration.
Nov
24
comment How can I get a coconut from a tree?
A word of caution here: Palm trees can have nasty splinters.
Nov
5
comment How to fold rope for storage?
A rope stored like this will have twists in it. If that is not desired, use the butterfly coil instead.
Nov
1
comment What is a “sling belay?”
Could you maybe add a picture of a topo that uses the term? I haven't encountered it personally.
Oct
11
comment How do you grade a bouldering problem?
@imsodin: that one is more related, I agree, but in my opinion still wouldn't quite be a duplicate, just a more specific case. But I guess that is a moot point now, since he edited it ;-)
Oct
11
comment How do you grade a bouldering problem?
@imsodin: route setting (putting up a climb with artificial holds in a gym environment) is different from "creating" a climb outdoors. The rating is also very different.
Oct
1
comment What's the difference between Sport Climbing and Traditional Climbing
@Phab: What you are talking about is a classic trad climb. There is a category of climbs, often referred to as "bolted climbs" which are not sport climbs and have large runout sections between bolts. Dike Route in Tuolumne is a good example: summitpost.org/dike-route-5-9/716885. As to your suggestion to add the difference to freeclimbing: both sport and trad climbing are forms of free climbing, which means you don't rely on gear for forward progress. Are you perhaps referring to "free soloing" (climbing without a rope)?
Sep
30
comment What's the difference between Sport Climbing and Traditional Climbing
@fgysin: Those routes are friction climbs, which means progress is made by making delicate foot-placements on a slab of granite which is less than vertical. If you fall on a slab climb, the forces involved are a little different, which has coined the pretty descriptive term a "cheese grater" fall. To try to avoid this, people will try to "run" down the slab when they fall, but as you can imagine, for these climbs the old mantra "the leader must not fall" is still very much alive. It's all about your level of comfort for a specific kind of climb.
Sep
10
comment What's this knot called?
I know it has been stated, but please don't rappel with a knot that has not been pull-tested. The EDK rolls when subjected to incredibly high forces, and each subsequent roll takes more force. With enough tail a well dressed EDK or "overhand knot" how I call it, is a safe knot for rappelling, with the benefit of having a small profile. It has been extensively pull tested. Learn how to tie it safely and use it.
Sep
10
comment What's this knot called?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it seems unlikely it will be useful to other users in the future.