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Apr
30
comment Paramo vs Gore-Tex jackets?
In my experience, because Paramo gear is quite warm, I wear Paramo when temperatures are 10 degrees C/ 50 degress F and below or Event when above that. Paramo is not waterrproof in the traditional sense (e.g. if you kneel on wet ground, water will be forced inwards, but will soon be expelled again on standing up), but if kept treated with NikWax TX10, I have stayed completely dry despite day-long downpours (including in Scotland!). Unlike other soft shells, you will remain dry using Paramo gear in heavy rain.
Apr
23
comment How far would you need to fall for it to be fatal?
Sadly a climber recently died in a 20 foot / 6 metres fall - grough.co.uk/magazine/2015/04/23/…
Apr
23
comment Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded
Often the party have called for help (dialling 999 or 112) in the first place so there is often a signal - providing they stay where they are and conserve the phone battery.
Apr
23
comment Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded
In the UK there is a system available to Mountain Rescue Teams called SARLOC which allows them to send a text to you with a link to a webpage. Clicking on this link opens a page in the phone's browser which queries the phone to identify its location as a Lat/Long coordinate. This location data is then displayed to the user and automatically added over the internet to the Mountain Rescue Team's database. The MRT call handler can then see the phone's (and hence the caller's) location displayed on a digital OS map display - using another application also developed by Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team.
Apr
21
comment Paramo vs Gore-Tex jackets?
I would add to the Pros: Can be re-waterproofed as often as you like by washing in NikWax TX.Direct.
Apr
19
answered Should you avoid handling lambs?
Apr
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Apr
16
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Mar
19
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Mar
11
comment Down feather species, which is best?
Possibly (see "The thermal insulation of the down and feathers of Chinstrap (Pygoscelis antarctica) and Gentoo (P. papua) penguin chicks" at jstor.org/discover/10.2307/…). However getting hold of the down might prove problematical.
Mar
11
answered Down feather species, which is best?
Feb
24
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Feb
18
revised Abseiling on one rope: should I attach the prusik to the other one?
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Feb
18
comment Abseiling on one rope: should I attach the prusik to the other one?
Usually Figure 8 on bight.
Feb
17
comment Abseiling on one rope: should I attach the prusik to the other one?
If you are using the Prusik in order to safeguard your descent, then yes.
Feb
17
answered Abseiling on one rope: should I attach the prusik to the other one?
Feb
9
comment Beginners guide to fossil hunting
Also Limestone is often rich in fossils - one of the benefits of caving )as caves are usually formed in limestone) is you often see nice examples.
Feb
5
comment Minimum safe rappel rope diameters?
The rack can be used with 8mm rope when doubled (for example when arranged to abseil and pull down the rope afterwards) and the "bobbin" type (such as the Petzl "Simple") is recommended for 9mm+ but as Petzl say in the accompanying leaflet "Ropes of 8 mm diameter For experts, the SIMPLE may also be used with ropes of 8 mm in diameter."
Feb
5
answered Minimum safe rappel rope diameters?
Feb
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