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Feb
5
comment How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?
I've read a lot of the scientific evidence about plantar fasciitis, and I haven't seen any support for the idea that it results from a problem with one's stride.
Feb
5
answered How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?
Feb
4
comment How to get pine sap off my teeth
Isopropyl alcohol is toxic: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopropyl_alcohol#Toxicology I'm sure you didn't swallow, but that doesn't necessarily mean you escaped toxicity. If you get any of the symptoms described in the WP article, I would go to the ER. I believe this is treatable, but the consequences can be bad if it's not treated.
Feb
2
comment How can I survive multiple days in cold environment?
If your lighter won't light because it's cold, you can stick it next to your body and warm up the butane. I usually stick it inside my underwear for 5 minutes.
Feb
2
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Feb
1
answered Reliability of snow bollards
Jan
31
comment Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents
@Nick: Interesting. I stand corrected. Sounds dicey trying to maneuver a helicopter into position for that type of rescue, though...!?
Jan
28
comment Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents
@Nick: Helicopters are seldom used in search and rescue, and I doubt that they're used at all in canyoneering rescues. Normally the people who are rolling out of bed are volunteer S&R people, who drive to the trailhead, hike in, and, if necessary, use ropes for the rescue. If you want to minimize time between an accident and being rescued, make sure that other people know where you are, when you're expected back, and how long to wait before calling 911. Stay where you are to make it easier for them to find you.
Jan
28
comment Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents
It seems unlikely to me that statistics on mountaineering accidents would tell you much about canyoneering accidents.
Jan
26
comment What knot is this one? What are its purposes?
This looks similar to the knot Chris Mendez proposed. It's hard to tell from the photo, but I don't think it's the same knot.
Jan
25
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
I don't believe the claim that some handheld GPS units have smaller errors than others. Do you have any documentation for this claim?
Jan
25
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Jan
21
comment Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides “walk on the snow”?
@ShemSeger: Those aren't front-points. Front-points on crampons are the claws that stick out horizontally from your toes.
Jan
20
revised Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides “walk on the snow”?
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Jan
20
answered Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides “walk on the snow”?
Jan
20
comment Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides “walk on the snow”?
+1, but poles are not necessary for snowshoeing.
Jan
14
comment Numbers on down jackets
@shimizu: There are EN ratings for sleeping bags, but as far as I know, there is no similar system for jackets. You could get a pretty good idea, though, by multiplying the fill power by the total weight. That would give you a measure of the jacket's volume.
Jan
13
comment Does cotton really kill?
For someone who's sensitive to lanolin, another option is alpaca.
Jan
9
comment Acclimatization strategies
@EverythingRightPlace: I was referring to the caption on the graph for Nanga Parbat in the House and Johnston book. That was in answer to your question in the final sentence of your first comment.
Jan
8
comment Quality/robustness of avalanche shovels
IMO it's a bit of a delusion, all of this business about taking avalanche courses and preparing for how to survive an avalanche with transceivers, shovels, etc. If someone is buried in an avalanche, they're likely to die. The snow partially melts from friction and then sets back up as hard as concrete. You can't dig a hole in it to get your buddy out. If you want to avoid dying in an avalanche, you need to practice avalanche avoidance, not avalanche safety.