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Aug
24
comment How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
I would start by thinking of the different risks a wild fire poses, then on how I might mitigate them. E.g.: burning, heat exposure, smoke inhalation, damage to survival critical gear, etc..
Aug
18
answered Which layer should have a hood (for rainy conditions)?
Jul
22
comment Why do many climbers appear to not trust their belay loops?
@crasic the belay loop actually eliminates one important factor: cross-loading on your belay carabiner. (And yes, most "fat" biners` cross-load rating is actually still greater than the maximum impact force of a big fall, but not by much, and certainly not by a factor of 2, like the spine rating.) I think most modern belay-loop-less climbers are mostly coming from the world of alpine climbing and glacier harnesses, where cutting weight is more important.
Jul
20
comment What to teach someone who wants to start lead climbing?
Either way, these are very good points. +1.
Jun
21
comment What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
By the way, for anyone who spends a good amount of time in the wilderness, I highly recommend taking an advanced (50+ hours) wilderness first aid course if you can afford the time. It's not just your life, but everyone around you, and you can't expect them to know these things but not yourself... (And you want to be able to expect it of them!)
Jun
21
comment What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
@DonBranson youtube.com/watch?v=mFKgVZjJDuo
May
1
comment What is the correct way to attach an autoblock to your harness for rappelling?
"they can get caught in it, and jam the rappel system" More often than not, I find most belay devices to be "prussik minding." That is, they will push the prussik down the rope and prevent it from locking, which is even worse than jamming in that situation, I think.
Apr
26
comment Selecting backpacking cooking pot – teflon, aluminum, steel, titanium, or cast iron?
You need to use more fat in your backcountry cooking; it adds flavour and makes it unsticky, plus most of us need the extra calories up on the mountains :)
Apr
24
answered Comfy inflatable pillows for car camping
Apr
24
comment Comfy inflatable pillows for car camping
I prefer the fleece rolled around the down jacket myself. The down jacket has a nylon surface which is less pleasant to have in contact with your face than the inner side of a good fleece.
Apr
15
comment What to teach someone who wants to start lead climbing?
@DavidR followed by being rescued by the local SAR (loss for the community, but practice for SAR), after which they abandon the sport, sell their rack for a quarter of the price (profit for the community?), and never try it again...
Apr
13
comment What to teach someone who wants to start lead climbing?
Good question. Worth making into a community wiki?
Apr
13
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Apr
13
answered What to teach someone who wants to start lead climbing?
Apr
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Mar
14
comment Rapid backpack readying
@Vorac it's actually not a bad idea to have a survival kit on day hikes as well. When you're going on overnight trips you're essentially already prepared for the overnight, but when you go on a day trip, you have none of that gear with you, so having something like a space blanket and a light tarp could make a huge difference in an overnight-inducing emergency.
Mar
13
answered Rapid backpack readying
Mar
4
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Personally, I believe the statistics that say a bear spray is actually more effective than a rifle, so I will go for bear spray in a close encounter, and a noise flare in a distant encounter (e.g. scare a bear away from destroying your camp and gear, once you got some distance between it and yourself.) I don't wish to carry the weight of a rifle large enough to be effective against a bear, nor have to go through the regulatory hoops of owning one, but that's a personal preference.
Mar
4
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
@zoul that's assuming you're successful at stopping the bear with the gun... which is not an obvious outcome.
Mar
3
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
@DonBranson I've seen them sold as Bear Bangers, but I'm not sure if that's an official name. In Canada, MEC carries these, for example mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/HikingCamping/HealthSafety/PRD~4007-144/…