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Jul
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comment When can a glacier be crossed without special gear (axes, crampons, rope, etc.)?
but falling down one with sharp pointy things attached to you can actually increase your chances of wounding yourself (snagging a crampon on the fall and breaking your leg, impaling yourself on your tool, etc.) No, this is wrong. Although it's true that you can be injured by your crampons in this type of situation, that isn't a reason for not wearing crampons. The reason is that although there are multiple possible strategies for getting someone out of a crevasse, the technique of choice, which you should try first and which has the greatest probability of success, is for the victim to [...]
Jul
27
answered When can a glacier be crossed without special gear (axes, crampons, rope, etc.)?
Jul
27
comment When can a glacier be crossed without special gear (axes, crampons, rope, etc.)?
Your description of techniques for travelling on crevassed glaciers is wrong and unsafe. Every member of the team needs to have the gear, not just "one or two people." You don't know which member of the rope team is going to fall in, and if someone does fall unexpectedly into a hidden crevasse, all of the other people on the rope team will only have a matter of seconds to self-arrest using their ice axes. If they successfully self-arrest, then one person needs to get up and begin the technical process of a crevasse self-rescue. Tying knots in the rope is not sufficient by itself.
Jul
27
comment How to prevent sweat washing off insect repellent?
The CDC link you gave doesn't really support your claim that DEET is bad for people in general. It's poisonous if you intentionally drink it, and it can have bad health effects on young children if applied every day over a long period (months or years).
Jul
27
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Jul
27
comment When can a glacier be crossed without special gear (axes, crampons, rope, etc.)?
It's not just a question of ice ax and crampons, but also ropes, harnesses, anchors, and all the technical gear used for crevasse rescue. You need to get information on whether the glacier has crevasses big enough to fall into.
Jul
26
comment Why should I take a pocket knife for wild camping / hiking?
To spread jam, why not just use a spoon?
Jul
26
answered How to prevent sweat washing off insect repellent?
Jul
26
revised Why should I take a pocket knife for wild camping / hiking?
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Jul
26
answered Why should I take a pocket knife for wild camping / hiking?
Jul
25
comment Is it safe to cook food during a hike (on trail) when bears are possibly around?
I don't understand the question. Are you talking about literally cooking in the middle of a trail, where people will have to step over your stove? Why would you not get off the trail? Are you asking about cooking as opposed to eating food that doesn't require cooking? I don't see why that would matter; I would think that a bear could smell either type of food. Are you asking whether it's even possible at all to go on a multi-day backpacking trip in the Rockies? Are you asking about whether it's better to cook near a trail than at some distance from the trail?
Jul
25
comment How can I safely practice trad climbing?
In addition to what others have suggested, two more options: (1) Do a mock lead where you're on a top rope, but you also practice placing gear and clipping in to it just as if it were the real thing. (2) Climb stuff that's so easy for you that you feel totally secure. 4th class, 5.0.
Jul
15
revised What are the criteria for tent for one person
grammar in title
Jul
13
accepted Rope between legs while leading on rock, ice
Jul
13
comment Rope between legs while leading on rock, ice
Are the photos from the Gadd book?
Jul
12
asked Rope between legs while leading on rock, ice
Jul
12
revised What level of UV protection is recommended for glacier travel?
rewrite question as suggested by Liam to make it of more general interest
Jul
4
comment How do I self-assess my physical condition after a fall in the backcountry?
This is just anecdotal evidence, but I had an experience that supports nhinkle's point about not assuming that pain tells you if you're OK. I had a rappelling accident where a boulder broke my collarbone into 5 pieces -- on the x-ray it looked like a pile of pick-up sticks. At the time, however, I had no pain and figured that maybe my shoulder was just dislocated. What I hadn't noticed, but could have been noticed at the first-aid stage, was that there was an obvious deformity.
Jul
4
revised What scientific evidence is there about the causes and prevention of running injuries?
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Jul
3
comment How to attach a shackle to vertical square tubes by using a rope?
I've deleted my answer because I think my reasoning was incorrect. However, I've tested a Prusik for this purpose, and it doesn't seem to do what you want when applied in this way. I tied a Prusik around a small vertical piece of box tubing on a banister in my house. When I pulled on the cord, it held. However, when I tensioned it with one hand in the horizontal direction, it was still easy to slide the knot up or down the post with the other hand. So it's unclear to me what would happen if you used it for the hammock. I think the hammock might slip downward when not under tension.