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bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 43
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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 :-)


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comment Knee pain when descending a mountain
I always pre-dose with ibuprofen for long hikes, marathons etc, as I have fairly knackered knees, spine and ankles. Pills for the majority of it, plus gel for my back.
Aug
27
comment Measuring actual distance walked on a map (Allowing for changes in height)
Just depends on the quality of gps device, really:-) A good gps device can give you very accurate height data, and even for most ones, Altitude error is specified to be 1.5 x Horizontal error specification. This means that the user of standard consumer GPS receivers should consider +/-23meters (75ft) with a DOP of 1 for 95% confidence.
Aug
26
comment Should I bring my dog with us to a Cabin
Hi Rayne - there really isn't a definitive answer here, so have added my close vote as 'opinion-based'. I toyed with migrating to pets.SE, but it would still be opinion based.
Aug
21
comment Gear for Car-camping with 2 small children
I don't think we bothered with a travel cot when camping - swaddling worked when the babies were really small, and sleeping at the doorway (so they would have to climb over you to get out) worked once they could move
Aug
21
comment Gear for Car-camping with 2 small children
also read outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/274/66 and outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/1187/66
Aug
21
comment Gear for Car-camping with 2 small children
Edited to be a general question. Once we remove the price/shopping bit, this is a good question.
Jul
31
comment Technique for lead solo climbing with rope
I think I agree that this is not a beginner's option. I wouldn't like to try it and I've been climbing for years, however it is a valid question - we can always make sure there is a warning on any answer, saying Advanced Climbers Only
Jul
24
comment Brick Wall Rating
Outlaw - that's an excellent question, and applicable to many people. Upvoted.
Jul
24
comment Seeking photographs of “climber's hunch”
The question over on fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/12324 has a lot of info on this. Asking for photos here is off topic.
Jul
24
comment Brick Wall Rating
I should have done this yesterday, sorry: Liam is right - if the question was about how to rate a climb, it would be very welcome, but this one is about one particular climb and while shimizu's answer is good, it will only be useful to people who visit you.
Jul
23
comment Brick Wall Rating
a boulder in your house? Cool.
Jul
23
comment Brick Wall Rating
Without actually trying it, it's not going to be easy to guess. There are so many other variables that could affect a rating.
Jul
23
comment What is a “shooting jacket”?
The rules state that you must have one, and what type of jacket it is. This helps ensure consistency between athletes - basically it is just one of the rules of the game.
Jul
22
comment Foam vs hardshell climbing helmets?
Additionally, hard shell ones provide better protection from rocks falling from above, but if you are to fall, a foam one has more protection around the parts of your head that are likely to hit rock face. Guessing hybrid is a bit of both worlds.
Jul
18
comment An adjustable length knot for 2 lines and a carabiner for easy suspension
What did you use inside the fist for shape/size?
Jul
18
comment Are dark or bright clothings preferable in the desert?
Aravona - actually, the difference in sun protection between light and dark clothing is negligible compared to the difference caused by the type of fabric.
Jul
16
comment How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
Yep - I always take a whole roll. They are not heavy.
Jul
10
comment How do you mount ski bindings?
This is a very subjective question. Are you good at diy? Do you have experience working with fine tolerances? Have you a good instruction manual/ tutorial video? If so, you may find it easy. There is always a risk you could damage your skis beyond repair. The decision is really down to you.
Jun
30
comment How can I keep my backpack from resting directly against my back?
Wear a high pony tail. Problem solved :-)
Jun
25
comment Kayaking in the UK
I have answered with an expansion - not all rivers and canals count as registered waterways for this purpose.