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Jan
26
comment What should you do if you see a rattle snake?
I think that's a good policy. Rattlesnakes rarely bite people. I believe more people die from bee stings in the U.S. than snake bites.
Jan
26
answered What are the most important indicators of an high-risk avalanche zone?
Jan
26
answered What are the downsides to sleeping in a hammock on a multi-day hike?
Jan
26
comment What do you do if you see a cougar?
Take a picture, quick!
Jan
26
answered What are the different materials for ski climbing skins and advantages to each?
Jan
26
comment What are some proven methods of training for week long backpacking trips in high altitude?
If you haven't, you might like to check out 14ers.com for current conditions and trip reports.
Jan
26
answered What are some proven methods of training for week long backpacking trips in high altitude?
Jan
26
revised What are some good ways to waterproof a geocache / letterbox?
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Jan
26
answered How can I signal for help in the wilderness?
Jan
26
comment What should you do if you see a rattle snake?
I avoid them and let them go, but a lot of people feel the need to kill them to make things safer.
Jan
26
answered Will glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate prevent or repair damage to climbers’ fingers?
Jan
26
comment What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
Stop using those 1-finger holds! :-)
Jan
26
comment Serrated vs flat-edge knives
Serrated knives are better for cutting climbing or sailing ropes.
Jan
26
comment How do I self arrest without an ice axe?
If you have a ski pole or hiking pole, you can use that for self arrest if it's not too icy, with one hand near the bottom and one hand higher up.
Jan
26
comment What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?
Good answer. I would emphasize avoiding 30-40 degree (or 25-45 degree) slopes, especially with new or wind loaded snow. Also, look for and avoid being above or in avalanche chutes -- areas with missing trees that have had avalanches in past years. If you hear and feel a "whump" of the snow giving way underneath you, even in a level area, the snow is UNSTABLE and you should definitely avoid steep slopes (25-45 degree).
Jan
26
comment How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?
Good answer. Also, do some homework. If you are traveling in areas prone to avalanches, you should read a book on avalanche safety and rescue. Unless you are traveling alone, everybody should have avalanche beacons and probes. Some or all should have snow shovels. A snowboard can work for this, but it's not nearly as good. A ski pole will work for a probe, but not really well. You can get details in any of several good books on the subject.
Jan
26
comment Washing clothes on long hikes
Leave the wet clothes in the sun when you are stopped, and tie them to the outside of your pack while you're moving. This assumes you have a dry set of clothes to wear.
Jan
26
comment How do I Eskimo roll a kayak?
I agree 100%. It's much easier if you have an instructor or friend to help you in a swimming pool or some calm water.
Jan
26
answered How do I Eskimo roll a kayak?
Jan
26
comment What are some good ways to waterproof a geocache / letterbox?
You just screw off the wide lid to access the stuff inside. It's waterproof, and just about the right size. I should have clarified... I meant something like this: amazon.com/Coleman-3000000JUG-1-Gallon-Jug/dp/B00363RSXU