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Oct
15
answered Proper food storage against black bears on a LONG (e.g., 14 days) trip, partly in black bear country? (enough bear canisters not practical)
Oct
15
comment Questions about specifics of black bear encounter with mother and yearling cub
I don't think there's any way for anyone to answer these questions. It would be pure speculation.
Oct
14
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
12
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
8
comment Are there any electrically heated winter gloves?
Chemical packs are more common. A battery is not a weight-efficient way to carry around stored energy. This is why it was historically so much easier to build gas-powered cars than electric cars.
Oct
6
comment What are safe/effective leaves from around the world for use in tidying up your backside after answering the call of nature?
I basically never find usable leaves in the areas where I hike. For natural wipes I use rocks. When I tell people this, they always act shocked, as if it must be the most uncomfortable thing in the world. I actually don't find it uncomfortable at all.
Oct
4
comment What easy 6,500m peaks would serve as easy qualifiers for Everest?
I googled for guiding services. The ones whose web sites I hit seemed to have their own requirements for clients that are considerably more strict (higher elevation) than the Nepalese government's. They seem to want their clients to have summited something like Denali or Aconcagua. rmiguides.com/himalaya/everest alpineascents.com/everest.asp#prerequisites
Sep
30
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
29
comment Good ways to avoid snakes when hiking?
Deter snakes from what? From existing in their natural habitat? You shouldn't be going out of your way to terrorize the wildlife. This is similar to throwing rocks at squirrels -- yeah, it will scare them, and it's not something you should do.
Sep
29
answered How to avoid snakes when hiking in heavily leaved areas?
Sep
28
comment Rock climbing over edge - What can I put under the rope to protect it?
I still don't understand why you can't extend the anchor.
Sep
27
comment Rock climbing over edge - What can I put under the rope to protect it?
What's wrong with extending the anchor? AFAIK that's the standard thing to do in this type of top-roping situation. If you run the climbing rope over an edge and top-rope on it, you're going to have horrible rope drag.
Sep
26
awarded  climbing
Sep
26
comment What to do if the second seems stuck and absolutely no communication is possible?
You should always be able to go up again if stuck Not really. I know because it's happened to me.
Sep
25
revised What to do if the second seems stuck and absolutely no communication is possible?
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Sep
25
comment What to do if the second seems stuck and absolutely no communication is possible?
The idea of descending on the taut follower's strand, if there's more than half the rope out, is a reasonable one, and I thought about including it in my answer. However, I would think long and hard before attempting this. There are many, many things that could go wrong. For example, if the rope is being held taut against the rock or down in a crack, it could be impossible to get past with a Prusik, and you could end up stuck yourself. Re lowering, it's not something I would do if I can't see my climber and don't know what's wrong. They could be injured, or perched on a ledge.
Sep
25
answered What to do if the second seems stuck and absolutely no communication is possible?
Sep
25
comment Is clipping directly onto a dyneema sling safe?
I actually agree with your conclusions, but your physics is wrong, for the reasons explained in comments below my own answer.