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Jun
21
comment FiveFingers or hiking boots?
If someone was completely used to wearing five fingers the lack of ankle support shouldn't be a big deal even with a heavy pack. I'd say the biggest concern (for someone who is completely used to five fingers) is most definitely the warmth factor and, depending on the terrain, traction.
Jun
21
answered Will boiling be enough to decontaminate standing water from pathogens and toxins?
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16
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16
asked Using a Girth Hitch in Alpine Draws
May
6
comment Preventing cross-loading on belay carabiners
While cross loading a biner is usually bad news bears, the type of forces and the typical magnitudes that are exerted on the belay biner make it not that big of a deal. Just make sure its stays locked, and make sure its a munter biner and not a standard one, and you should be fine. This is especially true for top-rope belaying (assuming you are top roping in the gym).
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May
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comment What do I do to prevent and treat frostbite?
+1 for stomach warming, an old school mountaineering technique that breeds camaraderie and can save a finger or toe.
May
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comment How should I put out a campfire while away from civilization?
Sand works well
May
3
comment What does it mean to cross load a carabiner?
Even more dangerous than cross loading is nose hooking, a nose hooked biner can fail under body weight forces blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/journal/climb//…