7,833 reputation
11140
bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 42
visits member for 2 years, 2 months
seen 18 hours ago

Walker, canoeist, sailer, glider pilot, rock climber and father of 3.

Middle son of a polar explorer, and grew up in the wilds of Orkney and the Falklands - so take after my father in outdoors pursuits.

Happy in the middle of mountains or forests in a tent :-)


Nov
4
comment What is a self erecting tent and why should I want one?
In rocky terrain, where there is nothing to peg to, it will save you effort on erecting the tent. You will still need to anchor it somehow. The effort will then be on disassembly.
Nov
3
answered What is a self erecting tent and why should I want one?
Nov
2
comment What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?
Not an answer, but in addition to the torches we take (ranging from basic ones to multi LED bright ones for those occasions when you really do need brightness) we have also started taking a couple of the hand powered torches for longer trips, just to cope with those occasions all batteries are dead/lost etc
Nov
1
comment How do I recognise quicksand and how do I get out if stuck?
That is a very good point!
Nov
1
comment Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?
I do agree though, that sometimes you need a bright light, I would just save it for the times your really need it (eg a rapid exit from a dangerous situation etc) and generally let your eyes accustom themselves to dim illumination.
Nov
1
answered How do I recognise quicksand and how do I get out if stuck?
Oct
31
comment Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?
For setting up a tent in the dark you really shouldn't need a bright light. Learn your tent and its parts. Learn the routine you need to use to set up and break camp. Set a routine for where you store items. Then you will be able to get by on very dim light. I have set camp just using starlight once - no problem as I knew where everything was.
Oct
29
revised What are the advantages of learning to ski on a trip? (as opposed to beforehand)
added 255 characters in body
Oct
29
revised What are the advantages of learning to ski on a trip? (as opposed to beforehand)
edited body
Oct
29
answered What are the advantages of learning to ski on a trip? (as opposed to beforehand)
Oct
27
answered How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
Oct
27
revised How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
deleted 14 characters in body
Oct
26
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
Buck Tilton's blog has some really good stuff on it - would recommend it as a source of info!
Oct
26
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
That's interesting! Wonder whether a wider study will confirm the dropping of that second 'I'...
Oct
25
revised How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe?
removed brand specific info, as per @LBell's comment
Oct
22
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are fires in natural caves/overhangs safe?
Oct
19
answered How can you make snares safe?
Oct
19
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
Oooh - that's interesting, and makes sense (see my 20 minutes comment.) I was always told to wait on the Ibu until you had made a definite diagnosis (but this was from a nurse, so her standards may be more technical than the practical outdoors usage). Is IRICE commonly accepted? If so, I'll update the answer.
Oct
17
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
Pain can be very useful until you are definite what the issue is. What appears to be a sprain could be a break - leaving the painkiller until a bit later helps you avoid accidentally numbing the pain too much and damaging a broken ankle. Although, as ibuprofen takes 20 minutes to kick in, this could be done earlier.
Oct
17
answered How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?