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Dec
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comment Avoiding building a belay anchor too low down
You obviously put a lot of work into this answer, so thanks for your effort, but it isn't an answer to the question I asked. I asked a very specific question, and this is a completely general discussion of how to give a belay.
Dec
3
comment Tips for camping in the territory of elephants
In East Africa, both elephants and water buffalo are hazards, and the advice I've heard was to avoid hiking in twilight. I think this is on the theory that you want to avoid surprising the animals by walking around a corner when they don't know you're there. In daylight they're more likely to see you coming, so they aren't taken by surprise. If you see a herd of water buffalo from a distance, keep your distance from them.
Dec
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comment How to make a fully-enclosed tarp setup with a 1.4 x 2.4 meter tarp, for one person?
There are many, many different ways to set up a tarp. Every time I set one up, it ends up different. It depends on what trees and rocks I have handy.
Nov
30
comment Avoiding building a belay anchor too low down
@WedaPashi: :-) The cultural touchstone that will only work for Americans is that it was like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
Nov
28
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Nov
28
comment How to rate a walk/hike by length, height gain, etc using analysis of GPS data?
This may be helpful: hikingscience.blogspot.com/p/calculate-calories-burned_22.html
Nov
26
comment What is the first thing to do, when buried in an avalanche?
Your focus is on the wrong thing. You should be focused on how not to be in an area where an avalanche is likely. This can be done by examining a topo map and checking how much recent snowfall there has been. Once you've been buried in an avalanche, your chances of survival are extremely poor no matter what you do.
Nov
25
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
People typically only own one harness, one belay device, and one helmet, so they aren't going to be able to loan that stuff to a climbing partner.
Nov
25
comment Slings for anchoring and lanyard in rock climbing
The DMM links are really good, and surprised me about a lot of things. I didn't know that it was possible to break a knotted, shoulder-length sling with a fall-factor-1 fall equal to the length of the sling -- scary!
Nov
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answered What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
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Nov
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comment Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running
@theJollySin: Usually it's thorns, which can be pulled out and the dog is good to go again. Broken glass can also be a worry, or just sharp rocks.
Nov
14
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Nov
14
comment Using the Yosemite Decimal System, how difficult is Everest?
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/4674/2169
Nov
14
comment Using the Yosemite Decimal System, how difficult is Everest?
The article you linked to also says that the Hillary Step is class 4. Since YDS ratings are supposed to be defined by the most difficult part of the climb, I think the over-all answer is that the normal route on Everest is class 4.
Nov
10
comment What are the real dangers of climbing at high altitude?
There is a variety of conditions that can result from being at high altitude, through a bunch of different physiological mechanisms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness Two really bas ones are high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Re HAPE, which you asked about, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-altitude_pulmonary_edema
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Nov
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comment When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
@DJClayworth: And even that probably overstates the danger. I suspect that at least some of these people who got killed were doing something stupid such as taunting the bear.