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When I don't code, I climb, cook, or cuddle my wife.


Jun
15
comment Identifying named peaks from the summit of a north-american peak
I really like this idea (+1) and have used your suggested methodology successfully, but decided to accept the other answer, since I have the option to take the app with me on the trail.
Jun
15
comment Identifying named peaks from the summit of a north-american peak
@OlinLathrop: Using a topo is fine when trying to figure out the names of a hand-full of nearby peaks, but is not a very efficient method for identifying bumps at the horizon (I would have to cary maps for areas I am not hiking in,) or for tagging the names of peaks visible in pictures taken from the top.
Jun
12
comment Where to keep valuables when separated from them
I prefer burying over swimming with my valuables, especially in oceans. I fear more that I could loose my car key in the ocean than it getting stolen when covered by sand. Also, I often have a camera with me, which I would not want to take swimming with me ;-)
May
17
comment swapping lead when climbing in a group of three using a pair of half ropes
"Tie the second 10 metres above the third" - The OP is talking about half ropes. One person toproping on half ropes: maybe. Two: absolutely NOT!!!
May
17
comment swapping lead when climbing in a group of three using a pair of half ropes
"...throw the rope for the other one." - Really BAD idea for multiple reasons: 1) Unless the route is perfectly vertical and theres absolutely no wind, this is going to be a mess. 2) Two people have to untie, one ties in without anyone checking him/her 3) The rope can get stuck, forcing someone to abseil. 4) The second and third can't climb simultaneously. 5) if something happens to the leader while belaying the second, everyone is stranded.
May
15
comment Toproping with two ropes joined by a double fisherman's
Thanks for contributing the point about ethics. I am glad you could validate my concerns about using two ropes for top-roping with your personal experience. I hope someone might also contribute what professional guide services think of this practice, if any testing on this has been done, and if there have been any accidents using this technique.
May
14
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
@Mr.Wizard: I was trying to find an example where it might be beneficial to give a little more slack. A climber who falls right above a roof might, due to rope stretch, fall to a hight where, when he/she swings back into the wall, the feet might be below the roof, while the head is still at the hight of the roof, which could result in the head slamming into the wall. I'll edit the question to point out that this is more of a hypothetical situation.
May
8
comment FiveFingers or hiking boots?
I second this. One additional thought: VFF are not water tight. Muddy terrain can cause water to enter from above the shallow rubber sole. Of course they also dry a lot faster than any other hiking boot.
Mar
20
comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
@Ryley: You bring up an excellent point! I originally was curious about the legality, but now that you mention it, I am interested in both.
Feb
7
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
It might be nice to link this answer to the nail polish answer with a comment.
Feb
3
comment May hiking in Eastern California
Since you don't mention permits anywhere in your post, I would like to point out that all the popular areas in the Sierra Nevada require permits. In the winter you can just self-register for many areas, but in May you have to expect to have to deal with acquiring permits in advance. Once hou have decided upon an area, googling permits should point you to the right places.
Jan
30
comment Lacing materials for huaraches
@Mr.Wizard: Worth a shot.
Jan
30
comment Lacing materials for huaraches
@Don Branson: Any suggestions where I might be able to purchase durable leather cords?
Jan
30
comment Lacing materials for huaraches
@theJollySin: Sure!
Jan
28
comment Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas
I think your answer would make a better comment. Great job for pointing out that some areas are inappropriate for off-trail usage, but that doesn't answer how to behave in areas where it is appropriate, which I think is important to know to leave those places as 'wild' as possible.
Jan
28
comment Wild berries in Southern California
Wild strawberries are quite common in the mountains of San-Diego county. The deer love them too, so you have to be diligent!
Jan
28
comment Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas
@gerrit: A very specific example where it is an issue: I worked at an outdoor-education-facility that had access to a forrest. Small groups would use it year round for exploration and education. The goal was to minimize human impact on the forrest as much as possible, so that each group would find it as "wild" as the group before. I feel the same way about the wilderness in California's high-impact parks. I want those who come after me to have the same experience I had. I go there to get away from trails, not to partake in their creation, which becomes more difficult when travelling in groups.
Jan
28
comment Art supplies on backpacking trips
@RussellSteen: Point taken. Then I guess I am looking for modern day solutions
Dec
26
comment What dried vegetarian foods have the highest ratio of calories to volume?
@DonBranson: A lot of areas in the Sierras mandate the use of bear canisters, good idea though!
Dec
26
comment What dried vegetarian foods have the highest ratio of calories to volume?
@DonBranson: Black bears in the Sierra Nevada. They are not the problem though, the limited space in the bear canister is my problem.