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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!
Feb
12
comment Prevent mosquito bites: insect repellent patch or just eat vitamin B1?
If you are going into (or are in) an area with widespread malaria, I would seriously consider taking some better precautions than B1. If you won't consider deet, mosquito netting may be a good idea. If you're not in malaria country, then it's not as important.
Feb
12
comment Which stove fuel has best weight to bulk to heat ratio?
This assumes that the efficiency of the different stoves is the same. Like Peter says, the Jetboil is supposed to be more efficient. Also, with white gas you lose a little every time you light it while you wait for the fuel tubes to heat up. Also, altitude and cold weather affect propane and gas stoves differently. I'm not sure how it balances out.
Feb
11
comment Should I get trekking poles for snowshoeing, or stick with ski poles?
I've broken a carbon pole before -- does that count as bending?
Feb
7
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Feb
7
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Feb
4
answered What clothing would be appropriate for hiking in -18°C with up to 30 km/hr wind?
Feb
3
comment Are there any reliable and/or easy to use “rule of thumb” guides for windchill calculations?
Yes, but windchill alone is insufficient.
Feb
3
comment Are there any reliable and/or easy to use “rule of thumb” guides for windchill calculations?
Temperature and wind speed individually are more important than wind chill. You won't get frostbite at 33F, no matter how hard the wind is blowing, and you certainly need to dress differently if it's cold and the wind is blowing 40 mph.
Feb
2
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Feb
1
comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
An orange cap is probably sufficient (2). If you do that and stay on a trail (4) you should be safe. As a courtesy to hunters, it's nice to start out a couple hours after sunrise and finish up an hour or two before sunset.