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comment Brick Wall Rating
I'm with @RoryAlsop here and think it would just not be rateable without having at least seen it in reality.
Jul
21
comment Planned winter bivi
As the stuff about bivy bags might easily get somewhat exhaustive on its own, maybe you might want to split that part into a separate question?
Jul
18
comment Selecting a hammer drill for bolting climbs
@NikosAlexandris I will keep my eyes open and if I find some references to support the things said above, I'll add them.
Jul
18
comment Difference between Franz Josef and Fox glaciers
@Pixie As you might not have seen Adam's comment: please answer, even if it might no longer be helpful for the original questioner, someone else might draw an advantage of the answer.
Jul
17
comment Pitching a tent in the rain?
Just out of interest: what's the hanging bucket for?
Jul
17
comment Pitching a tent in the rain?
@Aravona Spilling a drink onto the groundsheet possibly might not proof the groundsheet's water-proofness. A groundsheet that does not leak out a puddle of water from the inside may start to leak if you apply a high pressure on wet ground, for example by kneeling in the tent. In this case, you may suddenly get wet knees from the water that was forced from the wet ground through the sheet.
Jul
17
comment How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
+1 for the "rectangle of usefulness"!
Jul
16
comment How can I prevent snow-balls building up in my dog's paws?
Here at stackexchange we want to keep information together, i.e. we prefer to have at least some explanatory text about what will be found behind the link. The hint "just google for x" might provide a different answer now than it may in two years or even bring up different results for different users.
Jul
15
comment Selecting a hammer drill for bolting climbs
Nope, I don't mind, go ahead. Everything that makes the text more readable is good...
Jul
15
comment How well does solar recharging work when strapped to the backpack?
Two additions to your very comprehensive answer: a slightly cloudy day with lots of stray light might be better than a cloudless day as the panel orientation will have much less influence. Another thing to optimize your yield is to use your breaks: whenever you stop long enough to take your backpack down, put it into the sun with the panel oriented as optimal as possible.
Jul
11
comment Is it safe to be in a vehicle during lightning/thunderstorms?
Does this provide an answer to your question?
Jul
11
comment Effective training for rock climbing
Could you add some information on how long you are on that plateau already? Is it more like some weeks or more like half a year or more?
Jul
11
comment Effective training for rock climbing
Related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/4959/… and outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/5515/…
Jul
7
comment Selecting a hammer drill for bolting climbs
Could you narrow your question down a bit in terms of what class of drills you are thinking about? Is it more the random cordless drill from the hardware store down the street or some more heavy duty thing with SDS shank and stuff?
Jul
3
comment How to sail a packraft
Welcome to the Great Outdoors! It would be great if you could explain the idea in more detail here instead of just posting a link to an external site. Here on stackexchange we try to collect the information in place as linked sites may disappear every now and then. You should also have a look at our help page and take the tour to learn more about how good Q&A should look like.
Jun
17
comment How should I remove a tick?
I'm not quite sure about your solution. From some 25 years ago I know it was usual to use benzine the same way but it was deprecated then. The reason was that there's the possibility that while it is poisoned or starved by the benzine (or the acetone) the tick will spit out what it has in it's stomach directly into the wound, including borreliosis viruses and the like.
Jun
12
comment What is SPF in sunscreen cream?
Somehow related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/1864/…
May
30
comment How high to climb before clipping on a sport climb?
But here's a nice example of how it looks like from a climber's perspective when falling with the rope in hand: rockandice.com/video-gallery/…
May
30
comment How high to climb before clipping on a sport climb?
I did some searching but couldn't find any definitive answer to your question. The only thing I found was some statistics that stated some incidents with the climber gripping the rope during fall but they did not distinguish between this happening while clipping or while already in air. Also it could be difficult to tell in many cases unless someone was thoroughly watching the climber in exact that moment where they where clipping and starting to fall.
May
30
comment How high to climb before clipping on a sport climb?
There's another point to consider: if you fall while clipping, you will for sure cling to the rope as you are already holding it. If you were about to clip in a position that required to reach high above you, you hold the rope at a position far enough from your harness that it can either wrap around your hand while falling or that you will partially catch your fall with your hand. In both cases, serious injury may be the consequence.