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Mar
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comment Hiking half dome - What are the most efficient logistics for getting a campsite in little Yosemite?
Just do something else. That area is extremely heavily impacted because too many people all want to do the same hike.
Feb
25
comment How do you flavour your water on camping trips?
From the scientific information I've seen this appears to be settled science that has been known for almost a century. I don't think it's controversial among physiologists. Of course it goes against a popular belief, so people may be surprised by the facts.
Feb
25
revised Does drinking tea cause problems at altitude?
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Feb
24
comment How to calculate the force (kN) generated by a falling climber onto their protection?
@aaaaargZombies: I don't think anybody actually does calculations like this for practical climbing. There are too many factors that are hard to quantify, such as rock quality, the quality of the placement, and how far beyond its rated strength the piece will really go before it's torn apart. Realistically, your time is better spent reading John Long's book on climbing anchors, and reading Accidents in North American Mountaineering to find out what really goes wrong and gets people hurt or killed. The biggest issues are: (1) minimizing fall factor, and (2) getting that first "Jesus nut" in.
Feb
23
revised How to calculate the force (kN) generated by a falling climber onto their protection?
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Feb
23
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Feb
23
revised How to calculate the force (kN) generated by a falling climber onto their protection?
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Feb
23
answered How to calculate the force (kN) generated by a falling climber onto their protection?
Feb
19
comment Delayed muscle ache after boulder session
And BTW people used to believe that DOMS was from lactic acid buildup, but that turns out to be false.
Feb
19
comment Good books to learn survival?
Excellent, canonical answer. Deep Survival is really good on decision-making, which can be much more important than technical skills.
Feb
17
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
@RussellSteen: Last I read there is no place in the US that does not have a potential for Giardia. Domesticated animals, including the increased popularity of hiking with dogs, over the entire US has spread this protozoa to virtually every stream in the continental US. Totally false. More info here: lightandmatter.com/article/hiking_water.html
Feb
16
comment What size dry bag is best for keeping and washing clothes?
I don't understand the question. What is a "dry bag" in this context? Why do you want to do this? What do you mean by "travelling, not hiking?"
Feb
13
comment water knot vs figure 8 follow through vs X for rock climbing anchor - What is easiest to untie?
This application is the only reason I know the water knot. When there's a totally, totally standard knot for a certain application, I would need a heck of a good reason to use some other knot.
Feb
13
comment Do polarized sunglasses protect against snow blindess?
@OlinLathrop: Cool info, thanks. I guess the relevant search term is Brewster's law. Note that polarizing filters probably block nearly all of both polarizations of UV -- see outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/7785/2169 .
Feb
11
comment Do polarized sunglasses protect against UV?
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/25/…
Feb
11
answered Do polarized sunglasses protect against snow blindess?
Feb
11
answered Do polarized sunglasses protect against UV?
Feb
11
comment Do polarized sunglasses protect against UV?
@imsodin: The second paragraph is background information on what polarization is, but it doesn't answer the question at all. The third sentence of the first paragraph is written as if it follows logically from the preceding sentence, but it doesn't.
Feb
11
comment Do polarized sunglasses protect against snow blindess?
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/5854/…
Feb
11
comment Stove/fuel setup for harsh conditions
@requiem's very helpful answer convinced me to retract my close vote.