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I live in LA and enjoy day hikes, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering.


Apr
17
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
15
answered Urbex question: How to protect myself from asbestos?
Apr
14
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
There's not much evidence that trekking poles are useful at all: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/4470/… Therefore I doubt that anyone can give any useful, objective answer as to whether one kind is better than another.
Apr
14
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
11
comment Can I camp in the backcountry outside backcountry campsites in Jasper National Park?
Hmm...that's a little unclear. IIRC the standard ranger rap when you pick up a wilderness permit for the national parks in California is that you should avoid camping within 100' of trails or water. That might be the kind of thing they mean here by "camping along."
Apr
11
answered Rappelling with an injured arm
Apr
11
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
Your question refers to the backcountry, and yet you seem to be assuming that there are well-defined campsites...? Why not just hike half a mile or a mile away from the trail and look for someplace with some solitude?
Apr
11
comment Is it safe to use denatured alcohol as an antiseptic?
Suppose for the sake of argument that you're way the heck out in the wilderness, a week away from help. You have a nasty wound that's gotten dirty. If you have nothing else handy besides your stove fuel, isn't it possible that using it as a disinfectant beats the option of letting it get horribly infected?
Apr
7
comment Is a tarp necessary if you have a tent with a rainfly and a footprint?
First I've heard that packing a wet tent damages the fabric. The main purpose of a tent is to get wet. Are you talking about putting the tarp over the tent? Isn't that what the fly is for?
Apr
7
comment Hiking boot help
Have you thought about whether you really want boots? Many people, including me, are happier with lightweight running shoes. Heavy clodstompers are old-fashioned.
Apr
4
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
4
comment Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
Your climbing partner needs to be able to check your knot. They're expecting a rewoven figure-eight, and they can reliably identify whether a knot is or is not a figure-eight. For those reasons, it's not a good idea to use some other knot for your tie-in, even if you understand it and think it has some slight advantage.
Apr
2
comment How safe is it to hike alone?
A taser? Really? That seems a little silly. I agree that you're safer from violence in the wilderness than in a town -- and I assume you don't carry a taser on the subway.
Apr
2
comment What to do at the top of a sport climb
@Roflo: It was muddled in my mind. Glad to have both answers.
Apr
1
comment What to do at the top of a sport climb
I think my original question was not completely well thought out in terms of the typical situations on the crag, but I think your answer and anatolyg's ended up complementing each other nicely to fill in the real-world situations that are likely to occur, both when I'm the first up a route and when I'm the one cleaning it after everyone's done.
Apr
1
comment What to do at the top of a sport climb
Thanks for the clarifications! The climbing.com link is working for me right now as well.
Apr
1
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
30
accepted What to do at the top of a sport climb