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


Jul
10
awarded  Yearling
Jul
9
comment How do I know that I need to add an insole to my shoe?
How bad are your knee problems? Do they only show up when you're hiking? Only when you're hiking very long distances? Do they affect you when you're walking around day-to-day, or when you're trying to sleep?
Jul
9
comment How do I know that I need to add an insole to my shoe?
+1. Definitely find a doctor or physical therapist that is used to dealing with athletes... Maybe runners? But don't presume that every ortho is good at dealing with athletes. Some ortho's are pure surgeons, and like to cut.
Jul
9
answered What are the minimum set of shoes required for hiking outdoors
Jul
8
awarded  Custodian
Jul
8
comment What are the minimum set of shoes required for hiking outdoors
oh, I didn't see you mention you were having knee and ankle problems... I don't know your situation, but I'd go to an REI or some similar store and talk about that with the shop clerk. Some ankle problems may be fixed by wearing boots instead of shoes, and sometimes knee problems can be fixed by wearing a 3rd party shoe insert (like Super Feet), but sometimes not. (i.e., maybe you have a minor underlying orthopedic issue), and its hard to really pin that down on an internet forum.
Jul
7
comment What are the minimum set of shoes required for hiking outdoors
I'll try and write a good write up later, if no one else has. But there are kind of too many options on the market. The shoes are usually high quality, but very specialized (hiking shoes vs trail running shoes vs hiking sandals vs light boots). Minimally, you just need a comfortable shoe that doesn't give you blisters. If you're hiking over rocky terrain, a "vibram" brand sole may be nice. If you're especially worried about your ankles you may want a boot instead of a shoe. No shoe is really going to be very waterproof, because the top of the shoe is too low to really keep water out.
Jul
6
revised What can I do with a retired rope and harness?
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Jul
5
answered What can I do with a retired rope and harness?
Jun
26
revised Can I eat rotten meat and carcass providing enough cooking?
minor change to explanation
Jun
24
comment Can I eat rotten meat and carcass providing enough cooking?
There needs to be some references for this (at least), it could potentially get someone hurt.
Jun
24
revised Can I eat rotten meat and carcass providing enough cooking?
revised answer to (hopefully) be more respectful of the premise, but still made arguments about how the premise is misguided.
Jun
21
revised What backwoods trick to get pure water produces the most safe water?
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Jun
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Precautions needed to be taken regarding bee hives (honey) during Climbs
Jun
19
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
19
comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
+1 - proper handling, cooking, and storage of food is what will make a difference, not whether you're in a tent or hammock.
Jun
18
comment Sustainable systems for carrying out human waste
Some very popular climbing destinations (Yosemite Valley, Mt Whitney) require people to carry out their waste because of the high volume of climbers. On multi-day rock climbs in Yosimite (for instance, El Capitan or Half Dome), climbers have to plan on carrying out multiple day's worth of waste. Its... actually the grossest part of that sort of climbing. :)
Jun
13
comment Identifying named peaks from the summit of a north-american peak
question - if there was a product like Google Image Search that could identify peaks, is it something you could rely on when you're in the backcountry, without a reliable wireless data connection, or the ability to recharge a device?
Jun
2
comment What to teach someone who wants to start lead climbing?
+1 - esp the note about obstinate "outdoor only" climbers. Indoor climbing may feel like a phony substitute to some, but its a great place to sharpen basic skills, especially belay and lead belay skills. Its shameful whenever you meet an "experienced" trad climber who doesn't understand how to give a soft catch for a lead fall.
May
30
revised Toproping with two ropes joined by a double fisherman's
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