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Apr
23
revised What is the species of this spider? Is it venomous?
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Apr
23
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Apr
23
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Apr
23
accepted Fixed line: Prusik vs mechanical ascender
Apr
23
revised Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded
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Apr
23
asked Fixed line: Prusik vs mechanical ascender
Apr
21
comment What spider is it? Dangerous or not?
There are way too many species of spider to make it possible to identify one from this kind of description.
Apr
19
comment Should you avoid handling lambs?
"Yo, Jesus, don't pick that lamb up, dude!" "Why not?" "It'll follow you now."
Apr
16
comment If the Dawn Wall's been climbed before why is the current attempt so difficult?
@mattnz: There were specific moves that they attempted and failed dozens of times. Free soloing it would be suicide.
Apr
15
revised What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
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Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
@nhinkle: there is a difference apparently between regular shower soap and dishwashing soap What is your source of information for this claim?
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
Sorry, but the plural of anecdotes is not data. This study found no statistically significant difference between tecnu and dishwashing soap: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-4362.2000.00003.x/…
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
It seems unlikely to me that Ivory is "the only one that actually cleans and does not leave any residue." I also haven't seen any evidence that leaving a residue is a problem when dealing with poison oak.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
I'm skeptical about tecnu, partly because the tecnu I saw at REI said on the label that it was homeopathic, and homeopathic medicine is pseudoscience. I would like to know if there is any scientific evidence that it works. I know people who say it worked for them, but with anecdotal evidence like that, there's no way of knowing what the outcome would have been if they hadn't used it or had just used ordinary soap.
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
One possible cause of cramps is heat exhaustion, which can progress to heat stroke. Heat exhaustion can occur with or without dehydration. Probably not that likely in your case, since you were in snow, although it is possible to overheat in snow, depending on clothing and sun. If it was heat exhaustion, then you'd want to realize that and not just deal with the cramps, which are only a symptom. Heat exhaustion is basically a condition where your organs, especially the brain, overheat, so a lot of the possible symptoms are neurological, such as decreased responsiveness or loss of balance.
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
Cramps can have many different causes. Dehydration is one of them, but even mild dehydration is preceded by intense thirst, so if you didn't feel thirsty, you weren't dehydrated. It is possible to have an electrolyte imbalance without being dehydrated.
Apr
12
comment What are the pros and cons of custom-made hiking boots?
Hiking boots are available in narrow and wide sizes, e.g., I own a pair of Asolo boots in a wide size. What is it about your foot that's unusual? Is it the width?
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
I think dehydration plays a major role here Dehydration is a medical condition with a scientific definition. If you reach the point of dehydration, it will be long after having experienced overpowering thirst.
Apr
12
comment What happens to rappel anchors?
Sometimes there are permanent, bolted anchors. Sometimes on a popular route there will be some natural feature like a tree or rock horn, and you'll see four or five pieces of webbing tied around it, with a rap ring of some kind, which you can use. As long as at least some of the webbing looks fairly new, I'd trust such an anchor. Sometimes you just have to leave gear, and the main concern would more often be cost, not LNT. Leaving behind your expensive cams is not a violation of LNT at all, because the next person who comes by will take them as booty.
Apr
10
comment What do I do if a black bear is right outside my tent?
This isn't a very useful question, since it requires us to assume something that isn't true: that black bears attack humans in order to eat them. I can't tell if the part about the bear spray and shotgun are a joke.