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I grew up savage and wild, riding dinosaurs and taming sharks.

Okay, I may have exaggerated just a little. I grew up in a kibbutz in the north of Israel, and spent the majority of my childhood playing outside. Really outside, as in creeks, rivers, canyons, mountains, forests and the like. I moved to Vancouver, BC Canada in late 2005, and discovered that most of my outdoors skills and training did not translate very well. The predators are bigger (and actually lethal,) and the need for water was replaced with the need for warmth and the ability to melt snow for water. The snow, cold, and an abundance of wetness were also quite new... This was a bit of a challenge. A lot of new things to learn and old skills to adapt. But eventually I learned the ways of the frigid north (okay, "the wet north," but that didn't sound as epic, did it?)

I have become a fan of the BC backcountry, with its beautiful and secluded mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows and crystal clear lakes. I have picked up rock climbing, mountaineering, ski touring and mountaineering, and ice climbing. These days I generally strive to spend at least half of my weekends in a year away from civilization.


Mar
3
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
@DonBranson That is certainly possible. But then there are better options than firearms for noise alone, such as noise flares, which are both lighter to carry, and easier to transport and purchase due to looser regulatory limitations.
Mar
3
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Mar
2
answered Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Feb
16
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Feb
11
comment What's the name of the old cross country ski boots with three holes at the front?
I'm not sure. I'm an ATer :) I just happened to have some vague memory of that description after reading the wiki on bindings a few months ago.
Feb
10
answered What's the name of the old cross country ski boots with three holes at the front?
Feb
10
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
The military often conducts research into this topic. Here is one paper on a research done by NATO, ftp.rta.nato.int/public//PubFullText/RTO/MP/RTO-MP-056///… The articles in its references may be a good place to start looking.
Feb
10
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
@user37324 I don't think it is necessarily correct, because it doesn't give a generalized formula that applies. The bottom line is always going to be "with an X level of fitness, health, build type, etc., you should be able to carry Y percentage of your body weight." I think your best bet for actual scientific literature is going to be military sponsored research into the topic.
Feb
9
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
I don't think such a relationship exists. There are too many localized variables, such as fitness, build type, bone and muscle density, health/state of your joints (knees in particular), etc. that will change the answer for each person. More important would be to learn to recognize when you're carrying too much and how to act on that knowledge.
Feb
9
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
I would say, and caution that this a figure I have gathered from completely personal experience, that I can carry up to 30% of my weight comfortably while fit, and maybe 20% when I'm not fit. Now, comfort isn't always the goal, so I can actually handle a few trips where I would carry up to 50%-55% of my body weight. But I can definitely feel the strain of it. This changes dramatically with general fitness as well as particular fitness of your back and shoulder muscles.
Feb
5
comment Is freeze-dried food healthy?
@RoryAlsop I think there is a large enough selection even within the outdoor/survival situation that you could compare apples to apples, such as freeze dried vs. dehydrated vs. naturally dry (nuts, oats, rice, couscous, etc.). I'm just not sure this answers this particular question.
Feb
3
comment Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
@sixtyfootersdude that is true. Recycling code 1 plastic (pop bottles) generally work well. The same is true for hot fluids, by the way, so if you're filling up a bottle with hot water from a stove... Make sure it's made of the kind of material that doesn't leach stuff into water at boiling temperatures.
Feb
1
comment Is freeze-dried food healthy?
I don't actually find less fat to be a good thing. Less sugar, yes. Less fat, probably not. As with any long-term activity, you should maintain a balanced diet to match your activity, and be aware of what's in your meals, and where you may need to moderate and/or supplement them.
Feb
1
answered Practicality of Beards
Feb
1
comment How do I know what size ice axe I should get?
I think considering an ice axe on its merits as a walking pole is probably the wrong idea. Surely, this has some value, but it doesn't address the question of how long an ice axe should be to serve its intended purpose, and do so as efficiently and as safely as possible... And once one is aware of these factors, he or she can choose to trade them for convenience as they please, but at least doing so with the knowledge of what it is they are exchanging.
Feb
1
answered How do I know what size ice axe I should get?
Feb
1
comment What’s the difference between a B and a T ice axe?
Here is a good article about the definitions: spadout.com/a/basic-technical-ice-axe-ratings
Feb
1
comment What’s the difference between a B and a T ice axe?
I think T-rated generally means stronger, or at least designed and tested for stronger stress and shear forces. So you can expect a harder blade steel, or a shaft that's designed to be swung into ice and be pulled and torqued on, rather than just have you fall over it in self arrest.
Jan
24
comment End-of-season maintenance / storage tips for ski boots?
Also go over the parts to make sure they are all there, functioning as designed, and properly tightened where they should be... It will save you the trouble of finding this out on the first trip next season.
Jan
22
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