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Mar
18
comment Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
"Feet swell during the day. If possible, buy shoes in the afternoon or evening." Quote from a FiveTen climbing shoes box.
Feb
14
revised What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
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Feb
14
comment What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
@TwilightSparkle, excellent advice!
Feb
11
comment Hot or cold shower better after exertion?
I believe that having a cold shower at elevated body temperature (e.g. after strenuous activity as summer) could be lethal. Can't be sure, though, no one that I know died this way.
Feb
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on FiveFingers Spyridon for Climbing?
Feb
7
answered What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
Feb
6
comment Roping together on an icy path?
If you are even considering this as a danger, get an ice axe. It's a very useful and long-lasting tool for the winter. This New Year's eve me and a friend used ours to get into the frozen-up shelter, which we reached after dark. So they have other uses, beyond the essential self-arrest ability.
Jan
29
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
27
comment How to assure safe searching for cache hidden in my own backyard?
I like the hide the way you allow entering your garden part. It the garden has high fence of vegetation, neighbours won't see what's happening inside, and the secret way to open the door can be told to the "few".
Jan
26
comment How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
@ŁukaszL., yea, one can step on pretty darn thin branches like this, provided the above safety points are observed. In the end the struggle goes from "how do I not fall to my death" to "how do I not brake any branches on this lovely tree."
Jan
24
comment How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
Stepping on dry branches is possible, but only after (1) giving it a nice kick to test it and (2) stepping right next to the trunk of the tree and (3) still not trusting it, being ready to relay only on the other contact points e.g. hand grip.
Jan
24
answered How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
Jan
21
comment What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?
I guess that if this is an amateur radio frequency at most you could get a fine. Now if it is the military ...
Jan
14
answered Tips for a novice backpacker
Jan
9
comment What should I do with possible frostbite: Swollen feet after putting them in warm water
Happened to me (having ice in my shoe). Got lucky to keep my toes. Now I carry frostbite dressing (good also for burns, light and cheep, very easy to apply) and gaiter in winter in the mountains.
Jan
9
comment First crampon grade to buy
Sorry, I hadn't read your post carefully enough. And for ice axes I can say that a couple of hours of training go a long way. The body remembers the movement and can do it without thinking, just as you afeel the ground slipping away.
Jan
9
comment First crampon grade to buy
Could you elaborate on "there is a lot to learn" or link an inspiring YouTube video. I have used crampons several times for walking, and can't imagine a single technical thing, that one can learn about them. They just make my boots stick to the ice.
Jan
9
comment Do you need to purify all mountain water sources
It would be nice if someone wound up some numbers. In this regard, IMHO, being hit by a car is the unit measure of risk - if something is a couple of digits less dangerous than cars, it's livable with.
Jan
7
comment How to store a backpack while sleeping?
Once, when freezing in my summer sleeping bag under the snow, I followed the advice of someone in this site. I emptied my pack and put my feet inside the backpack, just as one big shoe. Feet are very important to be kept warm.
Jan
6
comment Is there a standard set of light signals for mountaineers?
I am always grumpy towards people in the mountain/parks, shouting "OH GOD I AM FALLING HELP ... haha, just joking"!