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comment Transporting Large Amounts of Fish
A cooler also provides insulation, which the wheel well of your car will not.
Aug
19
comment What order of response time can I expect if I hit the “911” button on my SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker?
I searched through the ANAM database but didn't find anything with a very detailed timeline involving locator beacons so far.
Aug
19
comment What order of response time can I expect if I hit the “911” button on my SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker?
Just an aside, I've backpacked in the Bear Lakes Basin area and been over Italy Pass. Beautiful area!
Aug
19
comment What order of response time can I expect if I hit the “911” button on my SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker?
@GregHewgill updated answer to account for commercial services like SPOT.
Aug
12
comment Most common avoidable reasons for climbing accidents?
Latest ANAM stats I could find are from 2007: c535846.r46.cf2.rackcdn.com/anam_2007.pdf. Climbing unroped, exceeding abilities, inadequate protection are the top 3. Basically, being avoidably in the wrong place without the right skills.
Jul
29
comment Avoiding a “ding-dong” when lead belaying in the gym?
This seems to me the most obvious answer. Every gym I've climbed in (admittedly not very many though) has offered floor anchors so that climbing partners with imbalanced weights can still climb safely. I would definitely inquire as to whether they can be installed.
Jul
26
comment Outdoor activities for shoulder season
Seems to me you can do many of the same activities, you might just get a bit wet from rain.
Jul
23
comment What to look for in hiking shoes?
This is very close to being a shopping question and an open-ended poll question, and thus off-topic. Could you edit your question so it's not asking "what are good" and "what do you use", but instead more along the lines of "what makes a good hiking shoe"? In its present state I believe this question to be off-topic, but it could easily be fixed. If fixed I'll reverse my downvote and cancel my close vote.
Jul
18
comment Should I wear a fleece while cross country skiing?
OP did ask if they should wear a fleece while skiing, not whether they should carry a fleece.
Jul
16
comment How do “Dock leaves” work to reduce itching from stinging nettles?
Just because something is on-topic and even answered on another SE site does not preclude users from asking a similar question on this SE site. See this somewhat relevant SE blog post. An individual user cross-posting identical questions is strongly discouraged, but similar questions which appear naturally on multiple sites are not a problem.
Jul
16
comment How to handle grizzly bear encounters
Good call on the dead link; I was able to find an older copy of that page on archive.org and put that link in.
Jul
16
comment How to handle grizzly bear encounters
No problem @ryan. They did both show up under the bears tag. You should see a button that says "this answered my question" which will help point future visitors to those other questions.
Jul
16
comment How to handle grizzly bear encounters
Also related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/225/…
Jul
15
comment What is the longest stretch of bike trail that parallels a navigable river in the US?
@SkipBerne stand up paddle boards?
Jul
7
comment How can I know if a rope is certified? I found a hidden tag
@user56833 do you know who purchased it? If so, can they find any kind of purchase record? Do you have any sort of log that goes with ropes you use? It sounds like your organization would benefit from more detailed note keeping on rope usage. Each rope should have an accompanying log for major falls, inspection results, purchasing info, etc.
Jul
6
comment How can I know if a rope is certified? I found a hidden tag
Long story short, you know nothing about the rope's history, therefore you should not use it for anything load-bearing.
Jul
2
comment How do I self-assess my physical condition after a fall in the backcountry?
SOLO WFA, SOLO WFR. NOLS WMI is the other main provider for these courses, and has numerous courses offered throughout Washington in the next year, NOLS WFA and NOLS WFR. The courses are taught slightly differently but cover the same material.
Jul
2
comment How do I self-assess my physical condition after a fall in the backcountry?
@ZachL sounds good! And yes, I looked at your pre-edit question (after writing the answer) and it sounds like you were pretty much doing the right thing. If you're interested in taking a course, it looks from your profile like you're in Washington. Both Wilderness First Aid (a 20 hour, typically 2-day course) and Wilderness First Responder (an 80 hour, typically 7-day course) are offered by various organizations in Washington. I took both WFA and WFR through SOLO which appears to have courses for both offered in the puget sound area in July/August.
Jul
2
comment How do I self-assess my physical condition after a fall in the backcountry?
@Liam again, I disagree. Time is of the essence. Actions taken in the first 5 minutes after an injury significantly affect patient outcomes, whereas arrival of professional medical help, let alone evacuation, is almost guaranteed to take hours if not days. Most severe bleeding can be stopped with direct pressure, but that only helps if you know where the bleeding is and that you need to stop it. The whole purpose of the primary survey is to identify and treat major problems quickly. While it's long written out, it only takes a minute to do a blood sweep and chunk check on yourself.
Jul
2
comment How do I self-assess my physical condition after a fall in the backcountry?
@Liam "if it hurts it's injured, if it doesn't it's not" -- I strongly disagree. When you're pumped up on adrenaline and have one big distracting injury, it's easy to overlook other less-obvious but still serious injuries. There's a formal system for assessing injuries in a wilderness setting, and while designed for treating other people, it can be applied to self-assessment as well. I believe thoroughly following the patient assessment system is far more likely to turn up issues which may be overlooked otherwise, especially by a disoriented person immediately after a fall.