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comment How should you tie off when setting up a top rope anchor?
Are you already familiar with general anchor building techniques? If so, could you clarify what's different about this particular setup from any other setup where you're building an anchor using e.g. cordelette or slings and some carabiners?
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comment How much side protection should sunglasses have?
@user1049697 most "stylish" sunglasses are not appropriate for mountaineering, skiing, and similar such activities. However if you're at lower elevations in areas that aren't snowy/sandy/otherwise reflective, they're probably ok.
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answered How much side protection should sunglasses have?
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answered Staying warm in a lightweight sleeping bag
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comment Staying warm in a lightweight sleeping bag
To clarify on the heat transfer a bit, most of your lost heat when sleeping on the ground is from conduction, not radiation. A survival blanket (aka space blanket) is good at reflecting radiation but will not help at all with conduction, as it's made of extremely thin plastic with a reflective coating. An insulating foam pad does effectively block conductive heat transfer. The thicker the pad, the better it insulates.
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comment May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
I think this question is slightly different from the marked potential duplicate. The other question asks if a tent provides protection from a bear, while this question asks essentially if different styles of tents are better or worse at providing protection from a bear. Similar but different.
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comment May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
@Liam I was under that impression too, but according to The American Bear Association black bears have eyesight which is at least as good as a human's. It just turns out that their hearing and sense of smell are way better than ours, but they don't have poor eyesight per se. Point still stands though.
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revised Is a tepee, log cabin, or lean-to configuration most effective for starting a fire?
Clarified title to be about fire creation, as it initially appeared to be a question about building shelter
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comment May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
I can't imagine that having an open-sided shelter will make a significant difference in how quickly the bear notices you. And while you're right that tent fabric will make it harder to aim should you feel the need to use a gun, you can see shadows and shapes much better through the walls of a tent than you can through tarp material. I'd rather 20% visibility in 100% of directions than 0% visibility in 70% of directions. Besides, the sound of a gun going off is probably more than enough to scare most bears away, actually needing to hit it to kill is so far-fetched as to be ridiculous.
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comment When should a belay device be replaced?
Thanks. This answer provides more specific "this is what you should look for as possible reasons to retire the device" info, which is what I was looking for.
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answered May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
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asked When should a belay device be replaced?
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comment Geocaching websites
This question is pretty broad, and doesn't really fit the Stack Exchange format. Take a look at How to Ask and consider editing your question.
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revised Why might one need a 2000 lumen headlamp?
Cleaned up grammar, added a photo
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comment Why might one need a 2000 lumen headlamp?
@ShemSeger grab me in chat sometime if you want to talk about it in detail. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to test dynamo-powered lights extensively, but I have a bit of info on them in the FAQ. Peter While Cycles is a good resource for dynamo info, and is the only North American distributor for most of the good dynamo-powered lights (like Busch & Muller).
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comment Why might one need a 2000 lumen headlamp?
@ShemSeger thanks for editing - I do like your analogies. Downvote => upvote! :)
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revised Why might one need a 2000 lumen headlamp?
Fixed series label on plot and fixed a typo