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Sep
24
comment Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
My scenario is intended for equally sized ropes, which is the scenario where rock climbers use the overhand knot. But again, it has to be the correct version of the overhand (EDK).
Sep
23
comment Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
VERY IMPORTANT: The overhand knot must be tied on a bend. Because it looks scary (yet is perfectly safe), climbers call this the European Death Knot, or EDK: animatedknots.com/flatoverhand/index.php
Jul
5
comment Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather
I've slept in -20C with no problem in a good down sleeping bag. If your body's is snug and warm, it can easily handle the influx of cold air.
May
18
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
@Don Branson "what the climber asks for" -> With the caveat that a total beginner might ask for something that's unreasonable or unsafe. When I belay beginners I explain to them why they might NOT want to have the rope too right (In Squamish, that's mainly relevant for slab routes where too tight a rope prevents you from fully weighting your foot on the slab and makes it more likely for you to skid off.)
May
13
comment What should you be aware of when planning late-season or summer skiing?
One piece of advise: Don't wear the "typical" resort ski gear, i.e., a thick jacket and these super-warm pants. Get a layered system so you don't overheat.
Aug
14
comment If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
Stop moving. Chances are you'll only run away further from whoever is going to look after you.
Aug
14
comment Tent floor waterproof rating
What surprises me is that none of the tents at, e.g., mec.ca, has a floor rating above 3000mm, whereas the comparatively cheap Vaude Hogan Ultralight has 10000mm for the floor and 5000mm for the fly. Or are these numbers prone to be inflated?
Jun
1
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
You don't dry them.
Mar
27
comment How are sleeping bag temperature ratings determined?
When I bought a bag in New Zealand, it had two temperatures given: A comfort temperature, i.e., you'll be warm and sleep well; and a survival rating, i.e., you'll be awake all night cursing the cold but you won't freeze to death.
Mar
17
comment What is the best way to cross streams while backpacking?
possible duplicate of If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
Mar
12
comment Kilimanjaro expedition - trousers - softshell vs. gore-tex
A softshell isn't waterproof, though.
Feb
7
comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
One thing to keep in mind: Climbing is more about using the right technique so that you do not have to rely on your hand and finger strength too much. Obviously, you can do way more squats than you can do pullups.
Feb
7
comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
I guess it got a downvote because you didn't answer the question.
Feb
4
comment Does Fjällräven produce serious outdoors gear, or is it just trendy?
I think this question can be salvaged. It should ask: "When shopping for outdoor clothing, how can I tell if something is suitable or is just intended to look trendy". (Since you're from Germany, stay away from Jack Wolfskin. That's my personal biased opinion :D )
Feb
2
comment How do I Eskimo roll a kayak?
The first thing you should train is how to quickly and safely exit a capsized kayak. That sucks in a river, but is still better than drowning.
Feb
2
comment Is bear spray effective against other animals?
An important point is that bear spray has been tested on bears, but not on other animals. So while it will of course "work" on other animals in the sense that it'll hurt their eyes, there's no research yet on how they react. Maybe you'll only aggravate them even more?
Jan
28
comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
The only people I've ever heard this from are people who've never been camping.
Jan
28
comment If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
I think in your second point (get busy making your camp) you should stress how important it is to stay put. Otherwise, you'll always be a step ahead of Search and Rescue. Countless stories of people being lost in the woods for days all revolve around the fact that they didn't stop moving...
Jan
27
comment How should I check climbing equipment to tell whether it is still safe to use?
"Couple of years" sounds too much for a rope if you want to lead on it, and on rope the damage over time doesn't really show.
Jan
27
comment When sailing, how do I rescue a man overboard?
Practice this a lot! Judging just when to point into the wind to stop at the MOB is really hard.