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bio website butnoidea.co.uk
location United Kingdom
age 55
visits member for 2 years, 5 months
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May
6
comment How safe is it to hike alone?
@Vorac Because once you start waving it at folk you've got a good chance of being shot. youtube.com/watch?v=4DzcOCyHDqc
Jan
9
comment First crampon grade to buy
@Vorac: I meant winter hillwalking in general: Stuff like avalanche awareness, weather and snow conditions, proper boot and ice-axe use, winter navigation, etc..=. But for just crampon use, here's a start: youtube.com/watch?v=NQ_WsqrP6us
Dec
30
comment First crampon grade to buy
@Liam - Ah! I understand the confusion: Andy writers about C1, "C2-", C2 and "C2+" crampons: The +/- grades are his own invention, and I think the crampons he lists as "C2-" (eg Grivel G10) are rated as C1 by the manufacturers. Also the "only the most experienced climbers" bit is about climbing in (what he describes as) C1 crampons. If you plan to climb, or want to be able to climb in an emergency, then C2 makes sense.
Dec
29
comment First crampon grade to buy
There's nothing basically wrong with C1 crampons, and they certainly shouldn't fall off: Grivel G10 is a classic C1 crampon. Not suitable for steep ice, but perfect for winter hillwalking.
Jul
25
comment How effective are portable electric fences?
I thought those were tripwire systems that set off bear bangers or similar pyrotechnics? They don't deliver an electric shock to the bear...?
Jun
1
comment How should I remove a tick?
@Vorac - I believe it's to do with the Tick's feeding cycle. I can't find a definite reference, but I think the risk of disease xfer goes up once they start feeding, and this is typically around 24 hours after you get bitten. Of course, you likely won't know exactly when you got bitten, so soonest is best.
May
21
comment What gear for sleeping in wild camping in western Scotland in May?
@MattiSG, as long as you're flexible in your plans you'll be fine. Plan B might have to be this, though: tiroran.com
May
21
comment What gear for sleeping in wild camping in western Scotland in May?
@Rory: True - I did a Winter Skills course based in Ft Bill in early March, and the white stuff was in perilously short supply. (But Wales was bad, too...). As for camping on top of Ben More: Why not? ;-)
May
9
comment Are carabiners useful tools to have in the wilderness? If so, what would they be used for?
... pose value??
May
8
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
@Russell. I agree totally, but "wait" may be the wrong word as it implies you're just waiting for the weather fairies to wave a wand... Stop, throw on an extra layer, relax, have a brew, and then pull out the map...
May
8
comment How should I remove a tick?
I'd disinfect AFTER removal, as doing it before risks it vomiting.
May
8
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
@Russell, but stop and think may be better!
May
8
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
..And satellite dishes 'grow' on the south sides of houses (in the northern hemisphere, anyway)
May
7
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
it's not just for you, it's for whoever you're treating - and it may well not be you or your buddies
May
7
comment Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?
"Wild Camping" seems to have many meanings depending on country and activity. For some, it means parking your motorhome overnight by the side of a main road, but for many others (myself included) it means wilderness camping in mountains, miles from the nearest road, house or other person. And sheep don't issue fines!
May
7
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
eek! Latex gloves?? Nitrile, please - otherwise you'll be pulling out the epipen again... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latex_allergy
May
7
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
@HorusKol: The current UK situation is a bit "H&S gone mad" in some ways. Aspirin for heart attacks is the most obvious critical use. You can 'suggest' to your patient that they take one from their personal kit, or ask another party member for one.
May
7
comment Is it legal to light bonfires on UK beaches?
England and Wales are no slightly, but almost TOTALLY different. Unlike Scotland, Wild camping without landowners consent is certainly not legal. (but it's still done, of course...)