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I'm a physics student at the University of California.


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Nov
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comment Are nutrition bars/energy bars good for high altitude treks?
@RoryAlsop Energy drinks often contain caffeine, which is a natural diuretic and can dehydrate you.
Nov
6
comment What are the proper precautions/protocols for storing food while car camping in an area with bears?
The biggest thing that you didn't touch on is that in areas were bear/human interactions are common, they have come to associate certain objects with food, like coolers. Even an empty cooler in your car that is visible from the outside can be targeted by a bear. Keep your car tidy and store all containers in a secure bin, or just outside and open if they are empty. Also, most legal requirements for storage (at least in California bear areas) only apply for overnight storage in cars, but it would still be unwise to leave food in the car during the day, even if it isn't strictly forbidden
Aug
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comment Chasing with mosquitoes
Mosquitoes don't really persue as much as new ones swarm from all over. They are sensitive to changes in CO2 concentration caused by breathing from hundreds of meters away.
Aug
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comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
Not having shot a slingshot, I would wager yes. A compound is easy to get accurate enough to shoot still game at 50yd or so with a few practice sessions . You can attach a sight to both bows. With a release and the let-off of a compound you can draw and hold the bow with very little strain or your muscles, increasing accuracy (a 50lb compound will have a "holding" weight of maybe 10lb at full draw). A recurve is harder to get precise. A hunting sight for your compound typically has 3-5 separate pins that you individually sight in at various distances, then you estimate distance and aim between
Aug
12
comment What type of pole can be used for trout while backpacking?
In the steams I've hiked near, the fish are so damn hungry that a line tied to my trekking pole with a hook and some cheese got me dinner a few nights in a row. We also had success with a cheap ($20 rod and reel) walmart rod.
Aug
12
comment Non-gun hunting tools for small game
An olympic recurve bow (unlike their solid hunting equivalent) can be taken apart completely (limbs from riser) and stored in a pack/bag. There are also small and light compound bows that will do for small game and can be had for <$100 used, like the genesis, usually sold as a "training bow" or "youth bow" they weigh nothing, are small, and can go up to 50lb draw weight with very adjustable draw length.
Aug
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comment Who places the anchors that rock climbers use?
Typically, every specific area has its own "climbing community", usually dedicated locals or enthusiasts. A lot of route maintenance, planning, and other decisions are done in a semi-collective manner in this community. Climbing is freedom, there are few laws preventing you from placing a bolt in a rock wherever you damn well please, however if you place a bolt in an established route, don't expect it to last long, it takes much less time to cut a bolt than it does to place one, and the same right to place gear applies to the person removing gear
Aug
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comment Who places the anchors that rock climbers use?
Mountaineering is an excellent book, it has a lot of information on everything from protection, to rope technique, snow/ice climbing, expedition management, avalanche/snow conditions, weather, and everything in between. Its a must own.
Aug
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comment Who places the anchors that rock climbers use?
@waldir depends on area and style. On established routes in traditionally trad areas (like yosemite), all fixed gear is usually placed by the first acensionists or the first few followers (for old routes). Pitons and other old iron may have been accidentally or purposefully fixed by early parties and have remained (often replaced regularly) as "part of the route" even if not officially done by the FA. On aid-routes, semi-fixed hardware like copperheads accumulate quickly, often a pitch that went A4 by the FA becomes A3 or even A2 as bashies accumulate and features expand to fit pitons/cams
Aug
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comment Is emergency overnighting using hammock/canvas tent considered wild camping (Europe/Germany)?
An emergency bivouac, even when expected, should be discreet and short regardless. Set up late, set up concealed, no fire, leave before sunrise. With any luck no questions will be asked.
Aug
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revised What resources are needed to attempt E3?
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revised What resources are needed to attempt E3?
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revised What resources are needed to attempt E3?
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answered What resources are needed to attempt E3?
Jul
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comment Why do many climbers appear to not trust their belay loops?
Could you illustrate how you would crossload a carabiner clipped through only the top tie in point?
Jul
22
comment Is it safe to swim naked in lakes in Northern Europe?
From experience lake swimming in heavily pike-populated waters in western russia, I've never heard of anyone getting bitten by a pike while swimming (but I've been bitten plenty of times getting the hook out of its mouth)
Jul
22
comment Why do many climbers appear to not trust their belay loops?
indeed, dynamic equalization is a whole topic altogether, but 9 times out of 10 it causes more problems than it solves. I think its funny how much we stress anchor rigging over bomber anchor placements, the fanciest rigging in the world won't save shitty placements, but a bomb-proof anchor will hold without any equalization (like the clove hitch daisy chain anchors common in big wall climbing)
Jul
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comment When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
Because knowing your gear inside and out, including its failure modes and "off-label" usage is your responsibility as a climber, treating the gear as a black box and "it works because it does" is not the right approach to outdoor climbing. edit: or climbing gear in general