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Sep
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comment Can the Swiss Alps be hiked in the winter?
The problem is that you can't stay on cleared roads. Most alpine passes in Switzerland are not open until spring because there is too much snow to be cleared. I wouldn't really advise against doing something like this unless you have a lot of experience in hiking in these conditions.
Mar
28
comment Avalanche forecast in North America?
@BrenCrowell Thanks a lot for this info. Do you also know if you can rent ice axes there? Then I wouldn't have to take my with me on the plane...I think ice axes are a thing you can use a different one, while I would like to rely on my normal snowshes and crampons.
Mar
28
comment Avalanche forecast in North America?
Thanks, probably you should include wind and temperature differences into your rules of thumb. And as another rule of thumb: If there are only bare rocks and no grass etc, the slope angle is more than about 30-35 degrees.
Mar
28
comment Avalanche forecast in North America?
@BenCrowell Original, I'm planning to go for a hike to Mount Dana. But it seems to be likely that there is some snow when I'm going there, so I want to climb the mountain with my snow shoes and to be well prepared, I also need an avalanche forecast.
Mar
21
comment Avalanche forecast in North America?
@VMAtm I think this one is better on outdoors. But the other one I personally think it is better here. But you're the mod :)
Jan
18
comment Where in the Alps is it safe to drink the water without filtering?
@gerrit That's true, but it is sometimes difficult to know if the sign is there only for legal reasons. I think in this case it is better to be safe than sorry.
Oct
28
comment What are the advantages of learning to ski on a trip? (as opposed to beforehand)
What exactly are dry ski slopes?
Oct
28
comment What are the advantages of learning to ski on a trip? (as opposed to beforehand)
When you're talking about a ski trip are you referring to go skiing for some days or are you referring to ski mountaineering?
Apr
26
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
Looking for European High Points is maybe not the smartest choice. The real high points in Europe are not easy to climb, such as Mt. Blank, Elbrus, Mt. Ararat or Monte Rosa. So probably Teide or Mulhacen in Spain are your options. The next European High Point would be Zugspitze in Germany, but Zugspitze is slightly below 3000 meters. there are countless mountains in the alps that are above 3000 meters and easy to mount.
Mar
31
comment How to get more information about a planned tour?
Thanks a lot for this long answer. I'm living in the Alps and German is my native language so I don't have any problems to read it. My problem is that the leaflet from the Heilbronner Hütte has very different references to the distance of the tour than other sources e.g. hikr.org, gpstracks.com, Wormser Hütte, etc. Therefore I wanted to find a more objective source.
Mar
29
comment How to get more information about a planned tour?
Thanks for the hint. I now managed to get a GPS track of the tour (from www.gpsies.com) and then plotted this with GPSVisualizer to get a profile.
Jan
31
comment How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Do you want to hear suggestions for a day trip or multiple days?
Jan
31
comment How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Mix it with alcohol to prevent it from freezing.
Jan
25
comment What would be a safe ascent rate when mountaineering?
What altitude are you referring to if you're talking about high altitude?
Jan
25
comment How can I signal for help in the wilderness?
Thanks. Shouting is something I missed.
Jan
25
comment If I'm caught in lightning above tree-line, what should I do?
+1 good answer, but lying flat is not the best option. You should try to minimize the contact between you and the surface.
Jan
24
comment How to reduce the annoying sound of falling raindrops on a tent?
@TimothyStrimple So an even better solution would be to use two or even more tarps?
Jan
24
comment Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?
that doesn't really covers with my experience. do you have any references?
Jan
24
comment How can I be absolutely sure my fire is safely extinguished?
What about a smoke/fire detector?
Jan
24
comment Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?
That looks great but unfortunately it covers only 6 countries out of approximately 45.