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bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 43
visits member for 2 years, 10 months
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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 :-)


Nov
17
comment Traffic officer – how to prevent fingers from freezing
While I enjoyed this, I'm not sure you've quite followed the OP's requirements :-)
Nov
10
comment What is the best mountaineering quote that you have ever read?
romkyns - there was precedence from other sites, and of course you can see it did get quite a bit of interest from community members here. Mods have not made an exception in terms of allowing it to remain open - we let the community decide that (and as you can see it is now closed) - all we did was hold off on rapid closing, as requested by the community. You can see from the comments above, and chat, that the mods weren't really in favour of the question!
Oct
30
comment When should you use gear to climb a tree?
I'd have to agree with nivag here - I don't get the drinking aspect. Also, as a keen climber who suffers from a major fear of heights, I always overcome my fear! It's difficult, but I need to if I want to successfully climb. It reminds me to always place anchors carefully, only move one limb at a time etc.
Oct
14
comment Methods for taping injured wrists
Kinesio tape is an option. My wife does it, so I'll ask her what would be appropriate. Can you clarify which tendon.
Oct
14
comment What fictitious wilderness animals are there as tourist attractions?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about Outdoors, as per our scope. WedaPashi's comment is a possible option, but even that is likely to be more suited to our sister site, Travel.
Oct
13
comment Do climbers shave limbs?
I used to think that as well - if you read the answers on @Weda's link, though, it appears not.
Oct
13
comment Do climbers shave limbs?
Generally fast when on foot/climbing/etc = falling downwards, so I'd want to be slow and safe :-)
Oct
8
comment How many “Munro” revisions has there been?
nivag - correct. I found 1921 and 1974 numbers. I'm hunting round for 1981, 1984 and 1990 now.
Oct
7
comment Why are indoor climbing grades easier?
I think I'd agree at the lower end. Our local indoor centre is still a bit mental above 7C... Ours also gets much harder in winter as the routes get condensation and sometimes ice...
Oct
6
comment How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?
I think we are saying the same thing:-) You don't want to rub the callous off, but in the OP's case, moisturising and rubbing off the hardest bits will help him now.
Oct
5
comment How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?
You don't want a solid and thick callous right next to soft skin, as the edge will dig in and cause injury. Rubbing the callous down a little helps even up the developing tough skin.
Sep
27
comment When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
For most polar regions where you may encounter polar bears, there are laws requiring you to carry a hunting rifle. Pretty certain that's a special case though :-)
Sep
24
comment What lighting equipment do I need for playing ultimate frisbee at night?
I'd second glow sticks. We have played various games using diving glow sticks - which last way longer than 2 hours.
Sep
24
comment What are the properties I should look for in running shoes?
Sadly, it is now too old to be moved. Only course of action now is to ask it on the alternative site.
Sep
17
comment 4x4 vs AWD off road
I have the heavily modded Litchfield STi version of the Forester (so it is about 8" lower) and it still works really well off road. Interestingly, you almost need to treat it like a rally car on rougher sections - to make sure it flies over the bigger holes. YMMV :-)
Sep
10
comment What is the correct way to attach an autoblock to your harness for rappelling?
Ben - I've edited your link, as the old one died.
Sep
10
comment Any tips to reduce chance that I have to get up and pee in the night (not counting dehydration, of course)
I have added in the disclosure - however this is still a huge image. Sherry - can you please replace it with a smaller one.
Sep
9
comment Why is it unsafe to handle metallic equipment with bare hand at higher altitude?
whatsisname - you can do it at 5 or 6 degrees under if you have a sweaty or wet hand.
Sep
3
comment How is the Nuaulu palm leaf carrying pot made?
Geistvon - Have a look at the video: there is a very clever technique used to interlock all the leaves. It appears to be closer to origami than basket weaving
Sep
2
comment Backpacking propane canister too tall and unstable
Has it actually fallen over? I have used these for years and never had them fall over. Just set it on something solid, and even with a large pot they are okay.