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Mar
26
answered Will any filter/pump purifier last through longer hikes?
Mar
24
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Mar
24
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Mar
18
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
This looks correct to me (except it assumes 100% digestion efficiency, and that doesn't alter the conclusion). Eating snow definitely hydrates. It also shows that eating 500ml worth of ice/snow could drop your body temperature around 1/3 of a degree (C) in the short term. This might be significant if you're where you need to eat snow -- just something to keep in mind.
Mar
17
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
I filter or boil it before I drink water from melted snow.
Mar
17
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Use mustard -- it won't go bad. :-)
Mar
16
answered Tent and sleeping bag: pack inside or strap outside a backpack?
Mar
15
comment Is it safe to camp in the desert without a tent?
In the Grand Canyon I'd worry about rain more than animals. Afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.
Mar
15
comment Mountaineering / glacial traverse: rope-up or go it alone?
I agree. Definitely rope up if you're not traveling alone. You cannot always see a crevasse. If weight is a factor, you can get by with an 8mm rope.
Mar
2
comment Driving tent pegs into rocky ground
If tent pegs don't hold, use rope tied to rocks and/or trees/bushes.
Mar
2
comment How can you prevent kids getting lost at night while camping?
Let 'em run! Keep an eye on them from a distance, but natural fear will probably keep them around, and can help if they need it. Encourage them to push their own boundaries.
Mar
2
comment Thinking about a road trip out West
For 2: Get a Rand McNally Road Atlas ($5-$10 from Walmart), and it will show State Parks you can camp at along the way. It's cheap, legal, and you get a shower.
Feb
22
comment What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
I've use tennis shoes sometimes when I didn't have climbing shoes with me. It's hard that way, but they work.
Feb
21
comment What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
You can boulder (low climbing without protection) without any equipment.
Feb
20
revised Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
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Feb
19
answered Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
Feb
19
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Feb
19
comment What are the most important indicators of an high-risk avalanche zone?
@Ross, they are directly associate with very high risk conditions. The "whump" occurs after some relatively powdery subsurface snow has changed into more granular snow, leaving a little space between that layer and a hard slab above. The "whump" occurs when the slab collapses onto the granular layer. This is a highly unstable combination, and is very likely to slide if it collapses on a steep (25-45 degree) slope. As Greg said, it is a sign of dangerous condition in general, not just in the immediate area.
Feb
14
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Feb
13
comment What are the most important indicators of an high-risk avalanche zone?
Excellent information!