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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!
Aug
23
comment Learning Anchors - How is single cordelette loop anchor redundant?
@BenCrowell: I think each or the sling has a sliding x in it, which would equalize, though I still wouldn't use this setup for multi-pitch.
Nov
1
comment When should you use gear to climb a tree?
If you fall from table height onto your butt and not onto your feet you can break you back. Like most outdoor activities, it is all relative to your skill level and how much bad luck you have when you do take a fall.
Aug
18
comment How to use all the fuel in a bottle with a MSR Whisperlite Internationale?
This would be my guess as well. Sometimes the white fuel line curls upwards when the stove is stuffed in your pack. Just bend it back so it looks like in the picture nivag posted.
Apr
28
comment How can I contact emergency services in the US via the internet?
You can use google voice through gmail without the need to use your cell phone.
Nov
23
comment What dried vegetarian foods have the highest ratio of calories to volume?
@BenCrowell: I don't consider vegetable oil a food, to me it is a food ingredient. Also, since oils don't dehydrate well, an ingredient that I avoid in large quantities when choosing what to dehydrate.
Nov
9
comment Avoiding tangles when leading on double ropes
Are you getting your ropes tangled on lead or when you belay the leader/bring up the second?
Nov
4
comment What are the proper precautions/protocols for storing food while car camping in an area with bears?
Since this question asks about food storage while traveling by car and this question asks about food storage while hiking, I think it deserves to stay open.
Nov
1
comment Anchor without cordelette?
A climbing anchor has two areas to which a climber can clip him/herself. In most scenarios the auto-blocking belay device is clipped to the master-point, and the belayer is clipped to the shelve. Clipping to the shelve means taking one strand coming from each piece of protection. For the shelve to be a safe connection point, something has to be clipped to the master-point! Ask someone to show you in person to do this safely. When the second reaches the belay, he/she then clips to the master-point.
Oct
31
comment What exercises should you do before a ski trip to build leg stamina?
Welcome Peyton Fearday! It might be nice if you elaborated a bit on the exercises you suggest. I personally are not familiar with vertimax and box jumps.
Oct
26
comment Should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
You can buy harnesses with two belay loops. You should NEVER attach a carabiner to your tie in loops. Carabiners are designed to be loaded on two points only, loading the spine. Unless you use twin or double rope technique, your rope is not redundant, your harness is not, your belay device is not, your belay carabiner is not...
Oct
12
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Your experiment is flawed. "Cold fridge water" is warmer than water that just changed states from solid to liquid. Since water has a higher heat capacity than air, the fridge water, depending on it's temperature, can quickly melt the ice, even when it is significantly colder than the surrounding air. The higher heat capacity of water is also what can slows down the melting when you don't remove the melt-water. A better experiment would be to actually conduct the experiment the OP proposes, at different ambient temperatures and in containers with different insulating properties.
Oct
2
comment How does cam strength change with the retraction angle?
@Felix: Good question! I would refer to a tipped out cam as fully retracted, so I guess retraction?
Sep
28
comment Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
Good point, by "sensible" I mean two ropes rated for climbing (singles, doubles or twins). Look at tests 15 and 17 for 16 data-points with ropes of different diameter. I don't personally believe there is a right way or a wrong way to tie the EDK (after the first inversion the small rope would have to roll over the big rope, and the knot gets tighter with every inversion.) As long it is dressed properly and you have enough tail, I haven't heard of any accidents resulting in its use, but I guess all of this is mute, since the OP didn't ask about rappelling. Should we continue this in chat?
Sep
27
comment Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
@BenCrowell: For activities related to rappelling (where the profile of the knot matters) I do advocate using the overhand with ropes that are commonly used for climbing. There is an interesting blog article based on some test-data the author linked to at the end of the article. I haven't heard of anything going wrong with ropes that have sensible differences in diameter, but if you know of any incidences or testing that show the contrary, please share!
Sep
15
comment Speed hiking how do I to calculate it?
Welcome kohokid! I am not quite sure what your question is, could you go into more detail?