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


Nov
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comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
oh, neither do I. A wolf fur jacket just seemed a little comical.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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answered How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe?
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Oct
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answered How do I treat a blister? How can I prevent getting them in the first place?
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revised Can I eat rotten meat and carcass providing enough cooking?
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answered Can I eat rotten meat and carcass providing enough cooking?
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revised How to properly lace hiking boots?
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answered How to properly lace hiking boots?
Sep
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comment Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
I'm not totally that the linear property you assert is true (5x55kg->1x80kg, therefore 5x80kg->1x116kg), but your larger point is good: if you've actually taken a full factor-2 fall, you should count your blessings you survived, and buy a new rope. :)