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


Sep
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comment How can I practice Climbing without the actual wall and/or equipment?
a similar question was asked on the fitness.stackexchange site. Does this speak to your questions: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/11416/…
Sep
7
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
@DonBranson - when I was in my college's backpacking club (hiking the humid, bio-degrading forests of north Georgia, no less), we were still instructed to pack out our toilet paper. One issue is that (even if it does biodegrade), animals may dig it up and scatter it around, making an unsightly mess. I pack it out in a 2 layer ziplock bag, and its not nearly as gross as you would expect. :)
Sep
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Aug
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comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
The bowline is a strong knot, but it has issues with cyclic loading and unloading - the knot can work itself loose even when tied properly. A lot of climbers don't consider a bowline fully tied unless the end is secured with a fisherman's knot (aka, the Yosemite Finish). And many just prefer to use a Figure-8. See this discussion: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/1126/…
Aug
22
comment Which is more durable: Hard shell or soft shell?
+1 - that's right. Whenever you're buying an expensive piece, these days, you really have to research the fabric itself. Even "Gortex" (the biggest jacket material brand name in the USA) is really a label applied to a half dozen different fabrics with slightly different properties.
Aug
21
comment Which is more durable: Hard shell or soft shell?
I realize I didn't exactly answer the question... but I feel like hardshells and softshells are for different things, and they're both valuable. Its like asking "which is more durable, a seat belt or my car's airbags?"
Aug
20
revised What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
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Aug
20
answered Which is more durable: Hard shell or soft shell?
Aug
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comment Which is more durable: Hard shell or soft shell?
In US outdoor industry, "hardshell" jackets are ones with heavy nylon outer layers, while "softshells" have either cloth or polar fleece material as the outer layer. While there are some "gortex" softshells out there, most of the time if you say "gortex jacket" you mean a hardshell.
Aug
20
comment How can a walking style be changed?
instead of adding custom cushions to your shoe, could you research shoe inserts, and / or see an orthopedist and get a custom insert made? I feel like you'd get better results from that than adding weights to your opposite leg. My $0.02
Aug
20
comment How can a walking style be changed?
I would recommend you look at online forums for runners, though. At least in the USA, there are FAR more runners than there are hikers (or almost any other recreational sport), and there are a lot of resources online for them. Your problem might be something they know how to address.
Aug
20
comment How can a walking style be changed?
good luck. If you're going to do something like that, make sure to experiment with it slowly, don't just wear the sandbag for a long hike, because the change in your stride could cause another injury to show up.
Aug
19
revised What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
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revised How can a walking style be changed?
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answered How can a walking style be changed?
Aug
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Aug
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awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
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revised Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
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Aug
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comment Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
That's a good point. They only reduce the strain on your knees by transferring it to your upper body. Which for most people (other than bodybuilders or gymnasts) probably isn't as strong or efficient as their lower body.