4,943 reputation
1125
bio website lightandmatter.com
location
age
visits member for 1 year, 4 months
seen 7 hours ago

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


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.
Apr
30
revised Some mobile helper for tree climbing?
added 202 characters in body
Apr
30
revised Some mobile helper for tree climbing?
added 280 characters in body
Apr
30
revised Some mobile helper for tree climbing?
added 335 characters in body
Apr
30
answered Some mobile helper for tree climbing?
Apr
29
comment How to prepare for a 1 day 10 mi hike around Gettysburg, PA?
For something only 2-3 weeks out I would focus more on making sure your shoes are comfortable and broken in. Bring band-aids and/or moleskin to put on hot-spots before they turn into blisters.
Apr
29
revised Backup prusik for Abseiling: Where does it go?
added 185 characters in body
Apr
28
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
A better ethic would be not to burn so much wood. Leave No Trace is a really good philosophy.
Apr
28
comment Indoor vs. Outdoor sport climbing
You need to distinguish between outdoor sport and outdoor trad, and also between leading and following outdoors. Anatolyg's answer is nice, but doesn't discuss lots of issues that you will experience if you lead or if you climb trad. There isn't just a list of new safety concerns. Outdoor climbing requires a whole new set of rope skills. Some of your questions seem to indicate that you're thinking about leading. You really need to start by following someone who knows what they're doing (or else figure out your lead skills from serious textbook study, not asking an SE question).
Apr
26
comment What routes in the Canadian Rockies have minimum group sizes (and where can I find about those)?
I know it's not the wisest thing to do... You just have to know your own abilities and use good judgment. The comment you linked to says that the rule is because of bears. I'd like to understand the logic better. Are we talking about grizzlies? Here in California, where we only have black bears, bear problems are worst in areas that are overused, which would be the opposite of the Canadian rule...
Apr
26
comment How to get started on canyoning?
@manoftheson: Are you saying there's a built-in method in the software for marking tags as synonymous? I didn't know that. If you like, we could ask a question on meta to figure out whether we're handling this in the best way or not.
Apr
25
revised How to get started on canyoning?
arbitrarily pick UK "canyoning" rather than American "canyoneering"
Apr
25
comment How to get started on canyoning?
IMO it's a mistake to have both a canyoneering tag and a canyoning tag, since they're synonyms. I'll bow to the UK usage and change the title and tag to canyoning.
Apr
24
revised How to get started on canyoning?
added 797 characters in body
Apr
24
answered How to get started on canyoning?
Apr
24
comment How can I contact emergency services in the US via the internet?
Devices like inReach and Spot are IMO more about entertainment than safety. A PLB is both cheaper and more useful in an emergency.
Apr
24
comment How to get started on canyoning?
Changed the title to canyoneering, which is what I think everyone calls it, not canyoning.
Apr
24
revised How to get started on canyoning?
edited title
Apr
22
comment Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
@manoftheson: Hygiene isn't the only consideration. It's just one consideration. One can also share equipment without risking hand-to-mouth contamination. In freezer-bag cooking, you boil water in a pot, then pour the water into a freezer bag holding the ramen, oatmeal, or whatever.