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Feb
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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
31
comment What is the correct way to attach a rope to a harness with carabiners?
@ShemSeger: I have only ever dealt with screw-gates where carabiners are used instead of tying in directly (ropes course). We even had to use steel carabiners... . Good to know that auto-lockers of the type you mention are approved to be used that way!
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.
Sep
4
comment How to introduce individuals to the concept of Leave No Trace
@OlinLathrop: If you obtain a wilderness permit in the Sierra Nevada in California, you have to sign that you understand that you have to cary your toilet paper out. These areas get hammered with people, and animals dig up cat holes, which results in "white flowers" all over the place. Meaning: there are areas where it absolutely makes sense.
Sep
2
comment Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace
@Frisbee: This might be better to do in chat? But to answer your question: we eat out of the pot, which gets heated and therefore sanitized.
Sep
2
comment Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace
@Frisbee: correct. I use sticks and rocks instead of TP and never touch my business.
Sep
2
comment Sharp knee pain when going up and down stairs/bending my knee after my first backpacking trip
If you have health insurance, I would suggest seeing a specialist!
Sep
1
comment Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace
@radpin: to be fair to user32116 though, I did ask for alternatives to spitting toothpaste on the ground and not how I can best minimize my impact on the wilderness... That might make for a good new question though!