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Feb
4
comment Why are eye friction hitches not commonly used in rock climbing?
@Mr.Wizard Yes, Bulin=Bowline, and the figure-9 should have been a figure-8 of course...
Feb
2
comment Why are eye friction hitches not commonly used in rock climbing?
There's also another component that does not allow for a fast change in paradigms: interoperability. When climbing you typically climb with different partners and as a responsible climber you also check other climbers' setups and knots. Now nearly every climber can do an optical check of a figure-9 knot, with a Bulin it gets more complicated and you won't find many who are familiar enough with a double Bulin to tell right away if it was tied correctly. So in doubt you step down to the simplest solution you can expect everybody to be able to work with.
Jan
27
comment Is there a device to hook anything on a branch?
Instead of an antler you could just use a similarly shaped piece of a branch.
Jan
27
comment Can a human survive in Saltstraumen or other whirlpool?
Welcome to the Great Outdoors! Your question, as it stands at the moment, might be a bit hard to answer, since it does not give much information. I guess we're talking about swimming in such conditions, or are you also interested in what would happen to a small boat (say, kajak for example)? Maybe you want to have a look at our Help Center and take the Tour to learn a bit more how good questions should look like.
Jan
26
comment Backcountry Skiing Bindings compatible with soft boots
This answer basically covers it. From own experience I can add, that touring boots in walking mode are comfortable enough to walk the one or other hour uphill with your skis attached to the backpack of there's not enough snow down in the valley to start skiing right there.
Jan
21
comment How do I connect to an autobelay with a Whillan's harness?
This looks a bit ... err... oldschool, doesn't it? I'm not sure whether I would hang my life on such a piece of equipment.
Jan
20
comment Does a Bear Archery bow quiver influence my Grizzly?
Also, from a physicists point of view, you are attaching a weight that is not symmetric with respect to the bow's vertical symmetry axis. This will shift the center of gravity sideways, and will give the bow a tendency to tip to one side. Hence, you will not only have to compensate for the extra weight but also for this torque trying to tip your bow sideways.
Dec
21
comment How to walk on wet, slightly rotten wood?
Basically the problem is the same as walking on ice, so the answers given in outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/8974/… might apply here as well.
Dec
21
comment Descending a dry grass slope with serious inclination and exposure
+1 for that "fashion victim on a glacier" picture ;-)
Dec
19
comment Long Ride on Horseback through Europe
OK, so what exactly is your question?
Dec
17
comment I never adjust for true north. Is this bad practice?
@gerrit Don't disturb my little thought experiment ;-)
Dec
16
comment How do I rescue someone out of a crevasse?
In addition to @BenCrowell: I see this answer critical in two points. First, it describes the situation as this was the best and/or only technique to get someone out of the crevasse. Secondly, and that's much more critical, it goes deep enough into detail that one could mistake it for a how-to but it leaves a lot of loose ends and issues that are not easily obvious until you try it yourself and suddenly you're out on a glacier standing there and realize "Well, I didn't realize that would be a problem..."
Dec
12
comment Lots of birds together at the same time
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because is more suitable for Biology.Stackexchange.com.
Dec
10
comment Carrying crampons safely when not using them
I have to confess, I love my crampon safe! It has ventilation holes, some straps on the outside which allow to hang it somewhere (harness, backpack, whatever), does not look like it could be pierced by the sharpest crampon tips (extra reinforcement where the front tips should point to) and although it is quite compact there's room for some two or three ice screws in addition to the crampons.
Dec
9
comment Protect yourself from a lightning strike
Two additional points: If you have, crouch or sit on some insulation material (backpack, sleeping pad...) and avoid having several separated contact points with the floor, i.e. when sitting, keep stand your feet close to your buttocks or when crouching, keep your feet together. This prevents building a bridge-like current path through your body from one floor contact point to the other.
Dec
8
comment How to react to someone measuring distances?
Well, I don't think there's a way to narrow it further down to a stronger focus on archery. In my opinion, the way to go could be to give it a higher grade of abstraction (i.e. remove the archery specifics and describe the problem in general) and transfer the question to sports.SX...
Dec
8
comment How to react to someone measuring distances?
OK, but there is some entity (typically the organisers) that has set the rules, have means to enforce them (exclude the unfair player from the competition in the worst case) and can be approached to complain to, right? This is a situation that is common in many activities in many competitions that are not ranked high enough that they have to or can provide referees for every aspect of the competition that could be subject to unfair play. Instead the players are expected to behave according to the rules in these aspects to ensure a fair competition.
Dec
8
comment How to react to someone measuring distances?
I've given an answer, however, I'm tempted to vote for an off topic close. This is not specific to archery, not even to outdoor activities but basically it boils down to "How do I approach someone who is playing unfair by violating the written rules of a certain competition?"
Dec
8
comment How to react to someone measuring distances?
Was this in a competition situation or at a random occasion? I.e. is it a situation where such a thing should be covered by written rules that are compulsory to every participant or is it just a matter of unwritten consent not to do so?
Nov
26
comment Twisting board technique when turning a snowboard?
@OddDeer This is in many cases the problem that a person with a certain skill tries to teach someone else. Since you often don't really know what you do exactly but do it by feeling, you try to explain what it has to feel like to be right. Especially with activities that require steering with your center of gravity (CoG), in many cases trying to do something with your arm or leg effectively results in a change of your CoG which is the actual thing you want. However, directly achieving this desired change in CoG is often much more complicated than thinking in such a "auxiliary" movement.