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comment How to introduce individuals to the concept of Leave No Trace
The biggest barrier I run into when talking to people about this is that they want to bury their toilet paper. They don't want to believe that it's not biodegradable. They don't want to pack it out. They pretend that burning it is sufficient, when in reality burning always fails to get some of the paper. They don't want to use wipes such as rocks -- which in my experience are just as comfortable as paper, but people don't believe that and aren't willing to try it.
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comment Inexpensive ways to learn cross-country skiing
Have you done any skiing before, such as downhill skiing? Cross-country skiing is not really that difficult to learn, especially if you're not on steep terrain and the conditions are easy (e.g., not icy). You could probably teach yourself by watching youtube videos and just going out and trying it. Or find someone who can go out with you once and help you figure it out.
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comment Inexpensive ways to learn cross-country skiing
I also disagree that there's anything wrong with going cross-country skiing alone. It's a decision to be made by the individual based on their skills, evaluation of the environment, etc.
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comment Inexpensive ways to learn cross-country skiing
Avalanche training is not that relevant if you're not in terrain that can have avalanches. AFAIK Montreal is not mountainous...? Even if you are in an area that has mountains, it is not always necessary to have formal avalanche safety training if you want to go cross-country skiing. For example, if you're going to an area that has groomed trails, you could just check with the owners or check their website for conditions.
Aug
27
comment One-sided overhand bend
Since 3 out of 3 answers agree that it is not unsafe, I'm going to change the question so that it doesn't claim it's unsafe and then ask why. We would not want casual readers to see this and get incorrect safety information.
Aug
27
comment One-sided overhand bend
This answer seems OK except that I wouldn't talk about whether a knot is stronger or weaker than another knot. This reinforces a common misconception about knots, as explained in my answer. The EDK will hold until the rope breaks, as will various other bends.
Aug
25
comment UV Protection while trekking at 5000m for myopic vision
For a trip where you'll spend a lot of time as high as 5000 m, goggles are probably the best option, because they will also protect your eyes from wind. But my usual solution is photochromatic glasses with cheap removable side shields. You can get a pair of glasses super cheap online from zennioptical.com. I use side shields sold as "sidewear" on amazon by a company called sideshield.com. You can even just use pieces of duct tape on the sides.
Aug
25
comment When will a rattlesnake strike?
Good answer, +1. Rattlers are not aggressive. I've have 3 or 4 encounters, and in all cases the solution was just to detour around it while it continued sunning itself. The thing that does worry me is that I'll walk around a corner and step on one before I see it. Also I've seen both my dogs go running right over snakes on the trail (not rattlesnakes) without even realizing the snake was there. Not much you can do about either of those possibilities, unfortunately.
Aug
25
comment When will a rattlesnake strike?
After you spot a rattlesnake nearby, traditionally the next thing to do is to say, "Dude, hold my beer and watch this."
Aug
23
comment Any reasons not to use 30-year-old ice axe?
You use an ice ax that you know you can't self-arrest with!?!?
Aug
23
comment Learning Anchors - How is single cordelette loop anchor redundant?
I thought I read somewhere recently that the microscopic crack thing was an urban folktale. Might make a good separate question on this site, if it hasn't been asked already. We back up nonlocking carabiners not so much because the carabiner might break as because its gate might open. We back up cams and nuts not because they're made of metal that might break but because the placement might fail.
Aug
23
comment Learning Anchors - How is single cordelette loop anchor redundant?
@DudeOnRock: I see, I think I wasn't understanding what I was seeing in the picture. I thought I was seeing two independent single-length slings. Now that I look at it more carefully, it looks like two double-length slings, one red and one black, each with a sliding x. I've deleted my earlier comment. Now my main criticism is that although it's equalized, it will have a huge amount of extension if either piece of pro fails, resulting in a bad shock to the system. The angle is also wider than I'd like, although maybe he wouldn't actually use such a wide angle in a real anchor.
Aug
23
comment Is rope-soloing inherently dangerous, and if so, why?
This seems like a possible plausible explanation. I also wonder whether it's because the technique involves relying on a friction device.
Aug
23
comment Is rope-soloing inherently dangerous, and if so, why?
@imsodin: Sorry, I didn't write them down. There were a bunch of them. IIRC some of them were not very informative, because the person was found dead, but nobody could tell exactly what had gone wrong.
Aug
23
comment Any reasons not to use 30-year-old ice axe?
You could check whether it needs sharpening: backcountry.com/explore/how-to-sharpen-your-ice-tools
Aug
22
comment Learning Anchors - How is single cordelette loop anchor redundant?
the cordelette 10kN failure strength is one of the lowest breaking forces in the system I think 6 mm perlon has a single-strand breaking strength of about 7.7 kN (that's the figure I found for a particular brand). Quick googling suggests that this particular type of cord loses very little strength when knotted. If you build a triply redundant anchor, perfectly equalized, with small angles at the master point, then the amount of load needed to break a strand could theoretically be as big as 6 times that number, because there are 6 strands sharing the load equally.
Aug
20
comment Recommended ascents for the improving mountaineer
The negative tone of a lot of the comments surprises me. The OP admits he's inexperienced, so of course the questions he asks are going to demonstrate his lack of experience. He's asking for help, not blame and shame.
Aug
18
comment Can rock climbers easily transition to canyoning?
One thing about canyons, is that they all have one thing in common: water. Well, not really. The canyons I've done where I live, in LA, are basically dry all the time.
Aug
18
comment Can rock climbers easily transition to canyoning?
Nice answer, +1, but -- You don't typically use a harness. Everyone I've gone canyoneering with here in the US has used a manufactured seat harness. However, I've never done any wet canyoneering.
Aug
18
comment Can rock climbers easily transition to canyoning?
@ShemSeger: Thanks for pointing that out. I don't have any experience with wet rappels. I've edited the answer to reflect your comment.