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


May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
23
comment What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
Arch support does not differentiate running shoes from hiking boots. If you want arch support, you can get running shoes with arch support, or add inserts.
May
23
comment What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
There is a superior solution to this problem, which is lightweight gaiters, as described in my answer.
May
19
comment What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
I'm not going to downvote out of disagreement, but ... they have a coarse structured sole which is anti-skidding Running shoes are designed for maximum friction, just like hiking boots. they can have a thicker lining for colder conditions And this is a disadvantage in hot weather. they are often designed to be highly water-resistant (including membranes) And this is a disadvantage when you aren't slogging through water or mud, and you want sweat to get out.
May
19
answered What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
May
19
accepted Logic behind hikers yielding to horses?
May
18
awarded  Civic Duty
May
18
asked Logic behind hikers yielding to horses?
May
16
comment How to dry wet shoes quickly?
When I've tried this, the result has been blisters. Wet skin is softer than dry skin.
May
13
comment Which mid-line knot is best suited for a trucker's hitch?
However what ever no you chose to use, you should not be over worrying about being able to untie it: Your rope is no-longer very valuable after it has been use this way. The has been at least one sharp bight (fold) put in the rope while under heavy load. Maybe you have in mind some different context or assumptions than what I'm imagining. It's not true in general that a rope is useless after being shock loaded with a knot in it. If that were true, a lot of sport climbers would have to buy a new rope after every trip to the gym.
May
13
comment How to preserve cheese while backpacking?
The most important issue is what type of cheese you use. Hard cheeses such as a block of parmesan work best.
May
13
answered Which mid-line knot is best suited for a trucker's hitch?
May
9
comment Learning to fall when leading: what is good fall technique?
The traditional saying among mountaineers is that "the leader must never fall." This idea that falls are a part of the sport is more of a modern sport-climbing thing, and it's a philosophy that is more well suited to gym climbing and bolted sport routes. Trad gear does fail sometimes. It's perfectly sensible to place lots of gear for redundancy. If you read Accidents in N. Am. Mountaineering, you'll see descriptions of situations where nuts and cams just pull out, one after another, like a zipper. Someone died last month at Joshua Tree when her redundant trad anchor failed under body weight.
May
8
comment Why are unequalised anchors acceptable for fixed-point belay systems used while ice climbing?
What does "fixed point" mean? What would a non-fixed-point belay be?
May
7
comment If an autoblock inteferes with a belay device will a fireman belay have any effect?
If you're the first one rapping off, then you don't have the option of getting a fireman's belay. I guess the alternative would be to have someone lower you.
May
6
comment How to dry Gore-Tex boots in the field
I'm all for preventive measures...Wear Gaiters! Are there gaiters that will keep water out of your boot if you step in water? The snow gaiters I use won't.
May
6
comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
I would skip the fisherman's bend, as 2 bowlines will work as a bend without having to learn a new knot. Bad idea if you need this knot to hold for safety and if it won't be continuously loaded. For example, tying a sling this way for mountaineering or rock climbing could be a form of suicice.
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