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Just another software engineer. Longtime outdoor sports enthauist. Avid rock climber.


Mar
12
comment How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
I'm going to try and find recommendations from link-able authorities, but its a little complicated because most "authorities" are either books I don't have with me, are groups like the AMGA, which don't put a lot of information free online.
Mar
12
answered How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Mar
12
comment How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Every knot could fail if you construct a scenario that it wasn't designed for. Perhaps you could rephrase the question as "is the bowline appropriate for 'sideways' loading of the main loop?". My concern is that you asked a very broad question about a knot, then wrote a (well structured) answer about a very specific miss-application of that knot. This is troubling to me because someone new to knots might draw the wrong conclusion (bowline is BAD) because of a miss-application (what you document is that sideways loading is BAD, which, really, applies to other knots too).
Mar
7
answered How to maintain climbing strength while training for a marathon
Mar
7
comment How to maintain climbing strength while training for a marathon
Could you still make it to the climbing gym for one hard climbing session a week? That could go a long way to keeping your strength up. What sort of at-home strength training were you considering? Also, do you climb routes, or just boulder (ie, is climbing endurance a consideration for you, or just raw strength?)
Mar
4
revised When do small waterfalls get significant freezing
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Mar
4
answered When do small waterfalls get significant freezing
Mar
4
comment When do small waterfalls get significant freezing
Sure. My impression is that that is what a typical ice formation you could see is going to look like because, as Rory says, it has to be well well below freezing for a long time for an actually waterfall to freeze. :)
Mar
4
comment When do small waterfalls get significant freezing
This wasn't clear - there's a distinction here between ice formations and actual frozen waterfalls. A large percentage of the ice formations you'll see (including your 1st picture) aren't actual running waterfalls, but cliffs or steep gullies that in the summer would just appear damp and mossy. The "low" volume of water can still be enough to freeze into large formations. Those appear to freeze over more easily, and seem to be more common than epic frozen waterfalls. At least that's my impression.
Mar
4
comment When do small waterfalls get significant freezing
is there any ice climbing in your area? My knowledge is all 2nd hand, but I have the impression that "damp" / mossy cliffs or steep gullies may begin to freeze whenever the daytime highs are consistently below freezing for a week or more. But actual waterfalls (moving water) won't freeze until its much colder. This link seems to be consistent with what I've heard friends say: alpineadven.com/recentandcurrent/iceformation.html
Feb
12
comment Things to keep away from climbing ropes
+1 excellent sourcing of information from proper authorities.
Feb
9
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
I'm sorry, but I can only refer you to the comment @Nisan.H made above me here... what you're asking for doesn't exist, and what you need to learn to do is learn how much you can carry, and how to tell when you're carrying too much.
Feb
9
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
If all you want to do is know how much you can carry at your current level of fitness, the best way to figure that out is to field test it - go on a series of training hikes with increasing amounts of weight, and see how you do.
Feb
9
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
Can you edit your question to say how big a pack you usually carry, and how much you want to carry? There could be differing answers if you're looking to just carry a light set of personal gear for a "lite and fast" attempt, vs 100lbs or more of gear for a multiday trip...
Feb
9
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
A related topic (how to get bigger and stronger) is often discussed at the fitness.stackexchange.com site. This question may be relevant to you: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/6828/…
Feb
7
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
Nail polish is super common to mark who's gear is who's, but in this case, the question was about replicating the red paint in the pictured carabiner. This is not all that common, I got confused originally too.
Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
Bear in mind that leaving a campfire burning unattended overnight increases the risks of starting a wildfire (a major problem in some parts of the US), and may be banned wherever you're camping.
Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
+1, esp for the comment about fire escaping. In many camping environments, an unattended campfire is banned by park policies because the risk of causing a forest fire. In some dry areas (esp. the American West) the risk of wildfires is so great that campfires may be banned entirely.
Feb
1
comment How to toughen up hands?
+1 - Rock ring farmer's walks are a pretty rad workout if you can't get to a climbing gym.