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revised How do you diagnose severe altitude illness?
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Oct
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asked How do you diagnose severe altitude illness?
Oct
18
answered How do you diagnose severe altitude illness?
Oct
18
comment Acclimitization: Would 20 min at an “oxygen bar” deliver more than an ephermal boost to a healthy person?
At 9500', AMS is uncommon, and if it does occur it is likely to be mild. For comparison, cabin pressure in a passenger jet is equivalent to 8000'.
Oct
17
comment Acclimitization: Would 20 min at an “oxygen bar” deliver more than an ephermal boost to a healthy person?
What altitude was the hotel at? Is this a hotel at a ski resort or something? Typically those places are at lower elevation than the ski slopes, but even the ski slopes are not all that high (often about 9000 ft, or 2700 m), so that AMS is rare, and likely to be extremely mild if it does occur. If someone did get mild AMS, simply coming down from the slopes to the hotel would normally be sufficient to clear it up. This just sounds like a clever and cynical way to separate tourists from their money.
Oct
17
comment Acclimitization: Would 20 min at an “oxygen bar” deliver more than an ephermal boost to a healthy person?
This answer quotes some facts, but the facts don't connect in a very convincing way to answering the question.
Oct
16
comment Proper food storage against black bears on a LONG (e.g., 14 days) trip, partly in black bear country? (enough bear canisters not practical)
@nhinkle: Ursacks aren't legally adequate in the sierras, at least as of when I was last there. There is a patchwork quilt of regulations. Some areas require hard-sided bear canisters and some don't. In any case, I assume the OP isn't asking about the Sierra, because there really isn't anywhere I know of in the Sierra where you can hike 14 days without the possibility of resupply. E.g., the southern half of the JMT has no easy resupply, but it doesn't take 14 days to hike it unless your pace is really slow.
Oct
15
revised Proper food storage against black bears on a LONG (e.g., 14 days) trip, partly in black bear country? (enough bear canisters not practical)
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Oct
15
answered Proper food storage against black bears on a LONG (e.g., 14 days) trip, partly in black bear country? (enough bear canisters not practical)
Oct
15
comment Questions about specifics of black bear encounter with mother and yearling cub
I don't think there's any way for anyone to answer these questions. It would be pure speculation.
Oct
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Oct
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Oct
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comment Are there any electrically heated winter gloves?
Chemical packs are more common. A battery is not a weight-efficient way to carry around stored energy. This is why it was historically so much easier to build gas-powered cars than electric cars.
Oct
6
comment What are safe/effective leaves from around the world for use in tidying up your backside after answering the call of nature?
I basically never find usable leaves in the areas where I hike. For natural wipes I use rocks. When I tell people this, they always act shocked, as if it must be the most uncomfortable thing in the world. I actually don't find it uncomfortable at all.
Oct
4
comment What easy 6,500m peaks would serve as easy qualifiers for Everest?
I googled for guiding services. The ones whose web sites I hit seemed to have their own requirements for clients that are considerably more strict (higher elevation) than the Nepalese government's. They seem to want their clients to have summited something like Denali or Aconcagua. rmiguides.com/himalaya/everest alpineascents.com/everest.asp#prerequisites
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Sep
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comment Good ways to avoid snakes when hiking?
Deter snakes from what? From existing in their natural habitat? You shouldn't be going out of your way to terrorize the wildlife. This is similar to throwing rocks at squirrels -- yeah, it will scare them, and it's not something you should do.
Sep
29
answered How to avoid snakes when hiking in heavily leaved areas?