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comment Should you avoid handling lambs?
"Yo, Jesus, don't pick that lamb up, dude!" "Why not?" "It'll follow you now."
Apr
16
comment If the Dawn Wall's been climbed before why is the current attempt so difficult?
@mattnz: There were specific moves that they attempted and failed dozens of times. Free soloing it would be suicide.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
@nhinkle: there is a difference apparently between regular shower soap and dishwashing soap What is your source of information for this claim?
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
Sorry, but the plural of anecdotes is not data. This study found no statistically significant difference between tecnu and dishwashing soap: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-4362.2000.00003.x/…
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
It seems unlikely to me that Ivory is "the only one that actually cleans and does not leave any residue." I also haven't seen any evidence that leaving a residue is a problem when dealing with poison oak.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
I'm skeptical about tecnu, partly because the tecnu I saw at REI said on the label that it was homeopathic, and homeopathic medicine is pseudoscience. I would like to know if there is any scientific evidence that it works. I know people who say it worked for them, but with anecdotal evidence like that, there's no way of knowing what the outcome would have been if they hadn't used it or had just used ordinary soap.
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
One possible cause of cramps is heat exhaustion, which can progress to heat stroke. Heat exhaustion can occur with or without dehydration. Probably not that likely in your case, since you were in snow, although it is possible to overheat in snow, depending on clothing and sun. If it was heat exhaustion, then you'd want to realize that and not just deal with the cramps, which are only a symptom. Heat exhaustion is basically a condition where your organs, especially the brain, overheat, so a lot of the possible symptoms are neurological, such as decreased responsiveness or loss of balance.
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
Cramps can have many different causes. Dehydration is one of them, but even mild dehydration is preceded by intense thirst, so if you didn't feel thirsty, you weren't dehydrated. It is possible to have an electrolyte imbalance without being dehydrated.
Apr
12
comment What are the pros and cons of custom-made hiking boots?
Hiking boots are available in narrow and wide sizes, e.g., I own a pair of Asolo boots in a wide size. What is it about your foot that's unusual? Is it the width?
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
I think dehydration plays a major role here Dehydration is a medical condition with a scientific definition. If you reach the point of dehydration, it will be long after having experienced overpowering thirst.
Apr
12
comment What happens to rappel anchors?
Sometimes there are permanent, bolted anchors. Sometimes on a popular route there will be some natural feature like a tree or rock horn, and you'll see four or five pieces of webbing tied around it, with a rap ring of some kind, which you can use. As long as at least some of the webbing looks fairly new, I'd trust such an anchor. Sometimes you just have to leave gear, and the main concern would more often be cost, not LNT. Leaving behind your expensive cams is not a violation of LNT at all, because the next person who comes by will take them as booty.
Apr
10
comment What do I do if a black bear is right outside my tent?
This isn't a very useful question, since it requires us to assume something that isn't true: that black bears attack humans in order to eat them. I can't tell if the part about the bear spray and shotgun are a joke.
Apr
10
comment What is a good (and affordable) sleeping bag for someone who is beginning to backpack?
Voting to close because shopping advice is off topic.
Apr
8
comment How far would you need to fall for it to be fatal?
Concerning the Vesna Vulović case, note that she was not in free fall, she was inside the plane when it crashed after falling the distance. This doesn't necessarily make any difference. Situation A: you're put inside a nice strong box, you and the box are both raised to height x, and you're dropped together. Situation B: your body alone is raised to height x and then dropped. A and B are roughly equally bad, unless terminal velocity is reached and terminal velocity in A is lower than in B.
Apr
8
comment How far would you need to fall for it to be fatal?
My suggestion to people who free solo: don't fall.
Apr
6
comment Climbing barefoot/in toe-shoes?
I guess part of the appeal of bouldering is its elemental simplicity and the ability to do it without a lot of complicated and expensive gear, so from that point of view this might make sense. However, modern rubber climbing slippers are the result of about a century of evolution, going back to when climbers at Tahquitz established the first technical routes using hobnailed boots. If you could hypothetically buy five-fingers shoes with soles made of climbing rubber, I suspect that certain moves would still be much harder -- specifically, foot jams and edging with the outside of the foot.
Apr
2
comment Guidelines for safe use of ATC Nano?
Thanks, that's very helpful. But I'm having trouble locating 3 mm climbing ropes. Do you think dental floss works, or does the wax cut down the friction too much?
Apr
1
comment How to overcome fear of falling in lead climbing
Most of the question sounds like it's about gym climbing, but at the end it mentions slabs. I think the context matters here. Indoor sport climbing is extremely safe, and you really have to do something stupid in order to get hurt. But in various forms of outdoor climbing, falling can be much less of a safe, controlled thing.
Mar
27
comment How do you build a campfire that leaves no trace?
Are you assuming you can obtain firewood without disturbing the environment, e.g., you're car camping and have brought in firewood in the car? If you're in the backcountry, then you're going to have to gather wood, and that's not going to be LNT.
Mar
26
comment How to calculate the force (kN) generated by a falling climber onto their protection?
The answer seems to suggest that the online calculator implements the analysis given in the WP article. Actually, reading the javascript source code of the calculator shows that it calculates S=(m/m0)fk, where they call S the "shock force," m is the mass of the climber, m0=80 kg, f is the fall factor, and k is 4.5 for a dynamic rope, 9 for a static rope. This is completely different from the WP result. In particular, it doesn't make sense in the case where f=0. This is the case where the rope is simply holding the climber's body weight, and in this case there is not zero tension in the rope.