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Jan
28
comment Can a human survive in Saltstraumen or other whirlpool?
"not navigable" is a completely different thing than "not survivable for a swimmer". A steady, strong current combined with some shallower spots would be very dangerous for ships but pretty harmless for swimmers.
Nov
25
comment Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?
It's probably connected to the rational reason for picking hunting over buying your meat it a supermarket.
Nov
7
comment What are these bulges? Are they harming the tree?
Sidenote: those things are pretty valuable, as the wood looks pretty interesting if you cut through them and is used as veneer for furniture or car dashboards.
Oct
30
comment Walking through an active railway tunnel during a long distance walk
I would very much advise bringing a backup lamp. Extra batteries aren't going to help when you stumble and smash that lamp or its bulb/led decides to give out just then.
Oct
1
comment What's the difference between Sport Climbing and Traditional Climbing
@fgysin: with modern dynamic climbing rope, a 120 feet fall is survivable (if you don't hit the ground or a ledge) and won't destroy gear (though depending on the fall factor, one might want to retire the rope).
Aug
16
comment What are offwidth cracks and what makes them so hard to climb?
@WW. Have you looked at the pictures in the answer? Two of them seem pretty elaborate to me ;)
May
14
comment How do I make sure my cliff-diving location is safe?
Uh... climb down to the water and do some snorkelling?
May
11
comment Why do big wall harnesses have two belay loops?
Aid climbing: the "siege tactics" version of climbing...
May
7
comment How to prevent mosquitoes entering in your mouth while running?
Just swallow. Insects are rich in protein!
Apr
28
comment Why is a “Czech bed roll” called this? History, uses?
These things exist all over the world. In Australia, they're called "swag".
Apr
23
comment Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded
@G.Rassovsky: nope, it's a simple broadcast mechanism.
Apr
7
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.
Feb
25
comment How to overcome mental hurdles of adventure trauma?
It sounds like you're asking how to deal with the immediate situation where you're shaken by an accident, rather than long term fears. If so, the comparison to PTSD is completely wrong and the word trauma itself is misleading. The question would be easier to answer if it were more focussed.
Feb
24
comment How to unlock walking poles that have not been used for a while
Uh... what's a "tramping stick"??
Jan
13
comment Is it true that, in cold conditions, you will freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any?
@РСТȢѸФХѾЦЧШЩЪЫЬѢѤЮѦѪѨѬѠѺѮѰѲѴ: that has nothing to do with insulation though. And I am extremely skeptical of claims that the evaporation has a stronger effect than the insulation provided even by wet clother, for anything but the most flimsy of garments.
Jan
13
comment Is it true that, in cold conditions, you will freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any?
@РСТȢѸФХѾЦЧШЩЪЫЬѢѤЮѦѪѨѬѠѺѮѰѲѴ: the wet clothing is still surrounded by air - your argument does not, heh, hold water
Jan
2
comment How to overcome fear of falling in lead climbing
Obviously that's different for different people, and the book is necessarily written for those who care enough about progress to buy a book. But I don't think going out of your comfort zone often automatically means you don't have fun, and I doubt taking progression too serious makes more people quit climbing than a lack of results despite lots of training.
Jan
2
comment How to overcome fear of falling in lead climbing
@Liam: the idea is to A) desensitize yourself to the negative experience so that it becomes less scary and B) change failing from something negative to something positive (because it helps you get better so that you end up failing less often). Specifically, for optimal progress MacLeod suggests spending the majority (maybe two thirds) of your time doing things at least slightly outside of your comfort zone.
Jan
2
comment How to overcome fear of falling in lead climbing
@Liam: Hm, I recently read Dave MacLeod's "9 Out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistakes", which argues that exactly the opposite is the case. Namely, that the most beneficial improvements are always in the areas where you are weakest, and that you can only truly improve by going outside of your comfort zone while looking for "positive experiences" is a trap that prevents you from working on your weaknesses.
Dec
20
comment Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
In my city there has recently been a fatal climbing gym accident, the second ever, which was definitely due to an improperly tied knot. And the previous one was caused by top rope climbers using a carabiner between the rope and the harness (instead of re-tying) and clipping that into the wrong part of the knot.