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


Oct
1
comment How does cam strength change with the retraction angle?
wildcountry.co.uk/files/public/2010-11_Catalogues/… Wild Country wrote a pretty good explanation of cam angles and friction in this PDF, on page 8. The diagrams go a long way to helping one understand what a camming angle is, and how it relates to the forces at work.
Sep
21
comment Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
What thickness of ropes are you trying to join? Is this for rappelling? A "sheet bend" will join 2 ropes, but I've never seen it recommended for rappelling. If you're trying to join a pair of climbing ropes (i.e., a single rope and a halfrope, or a single rope and a twin rope) there's probably a more specific recommendation
Sep
19
comment Please Explain Rock Climbing Grades
There's a length explanation on Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grade_%28climbing%29 A lot of this stuff is going to vary from country to country. And (since grades are subjective) each area and guidebook may have their own interpretations.
Sep
17
comment What's the difference between Sport Climbing and Traditional Climbing
+1 - good for distinguishing between sport climbs and old-school bolted trad routes.
Sep
14
comment How can I boost morale on long backpacking trips?
:) I'd be interested in the answer too. Personally, I've just shifted away from long single trips to taking long day hikes and staying in hostels. At least in Colorado, at least on week long trips to Colorado. It breaks things up a little bit, and makes it feel more like a vacation.
Sep
12
comment How can I practice Climbing without the actual wall and/or equipment?
rei.com/product/478026/power-putty-hand-strengthener Is this what you mean by hand putty? Yeah, that stuff is pretty good. I used to use it as a warmup before climbing. You can use it for a while, with the right level of strength its pretty easy on the joints, and its a fine way to add some endurance to your grip. They're not ALL that strenuous, however. Even the hardest isn't all that hard for a strong climber.
Sep
12
comment How can I practice Climbing without the actual wall and/or equipment?
By balance, do you mean balance and efficient movement while rock climbing? I've never tried to do it away from a climbing wall. I'm not sure how much transfer there would be. You could try doing yoga poses (er, you're from India. I mean the Americanized, non-religious isometric balance pose based version of yoga that American yuppies have adopted, not necessarily real "yoga" :) ). If you're recovering from foot and back injuries, though, I'd make sure to take it easy and not reinjure yourself.
Sep
12
comment How can I practice Climbing without the actual wall and/or equipment?
basically, you can't work on technique without an actual wall. But you can work on fitness and some climbing specific strength.
Sep
12
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. :)
Aug
26
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
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
17
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.
Aug
17
comment Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
+1 - good point. a new product isn't a silver bullet, esp. for something like knee problems.
Aug
16
comment Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
I'd be interested if anyone else knows of different / better studies about trekking poles and knees. The OP asked if this was "proven"... I know hikers who were claiming trekking poles gave them a certain % reduction in knee strain BEFORE this 2010 study, and I'm just wondering if there's anything out there to formally back it up. Of course, personal experiences with poles helping with knee pain are also welcome. :)