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


Nov
8
answered How to prevent skin cracks?
Nov
7
comment What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?
LED Headlamps are a good idea. There are several commercially available ones for <$100 that meet the posters requirements. And there are cheaper ones ~$20 that aren't quite as bright, but still usable. Being able to function hands-free is really nice.
Nov
7
comment How do I reseal a tent bottom with many pinprick holes
@RusselSteen - I'd second Rory's point. I like to keep weight down too, but footprints address both of the problems you're seeing - they prolong the life of a tent floor, and they help keep you dry.
Nov
7
revised What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
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Nov
7
comment What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
does it need to be one single shoe? I usually wear heavy boots when I'm hiking in the cold, but it would be really hard to control a bicycle in them - instead, I wear my regular cycling shoes, but switch to wool socks, and a neoprene shoe cover over my cycling shoes if I'm riding a bike. -32C is a little out of my experience though.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
To who downvoted this answer - can you give a reason? Its a little long, but its through, has a lot of good information, addresses the topic, and seems to be grounded in the practical experiences of the answerer.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
oh, neither do I. A wolf fur jacket just seemed a little comical.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
+1 I like the notes about wolf fur and seal skin... almost wish I had some to wear and blow my friends minds.
Nov
6
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Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
Edited and kept on topic. I feel like I need to leave in some mention of synthetics, mostly to note important limitations of natural materials.
Nov
6
revised What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
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Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
I've heard that animal hides (caribou maybe?) can offer great insulation, and are sometimes preferred on expeditions in extreme northern climates. But I don't think those are commercially available in the lower 48 states.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
the simple answer is: you probably want wool. Down may also be appropriate. But neither is going to be waterproof. They can be expensive, but the following companies make very high quality wool pieces for outdoor wear: Ibex, Smart Wool, Icebreaker. You may get more for your money with synthetics, though.
Nov
6
answered What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
Oct
31
answered What backwoods trick to get pure water produces the most safe water?
Oct
24
comment How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe?
I didn't mean to imply that some of Skylotec's harnesses were uncertified. I looked up the brand in the UIAA site, and saw that they had certified harnesses - I didn't take the time to cross-reference the UIAA approved harnesses with the product catalog. I would assume that everything they're bringing to market is certified, but don't really know.
Oct
24
answered How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe?
Oct
17
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Oct
15
answered How do I treat a blister? How can I prevent getting them in the first place?