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Mar
27
comment How to pull one's partner from a crack/crevasse when skiing?
Crevasse rescue is a complicated skill that is far too important to leave to a few questions on stack exchange.
Feb
6
comment Roping together on an icy path?
I agree with you, trekking poles won't work for self arrest (BD does make a whippet trekking pole but that's just weird). However, one or two trekking poles can help you keep your balance and prevent a fall from happening. I think it all depends on the terrain you are traveling on, different tools for different places.
Feb
4
comment Preventing cross-loading on belay carabiners
The BD gridlock instructions clearly show the proper way to attach a Gri-Gri is to 'reverse' the carabiner (larger loop on the belay loop): 3rd row, 2nd column demandware.edgesuite.net/aakn_prd/on/demandware.static/…
Feb
3
comment Hauling a pack during climbing
@andy, Welcome to outdoors.sx! I think that is a perfectly fine way to go for short sections (I've done this many times before), but I probably wouldn't want to do that for a full pitch, especially with a heavy pack.
Jan
17
comment Planning a Trip with strangers
I see. My only recommendation would be to try finding a partner online that lives in the same city, so that you can train together and make sure you're both skilled enough (don't forget the other person is probably just as wary of you!).
Jan
16
comment Testing waterproofness of outdoor apparel
I was thinking somewhere in the middle. For example, one might have an old pair of boots that should be waterproof, but didn't perform during a hike. It could be the Waterproof/Breathable liner has a hole, or it could have been sweat from exertion. I'd like to isolate the effort component and focus on the garment.
Jan
15
comment Sandpapering Finger Tips
I would re-order your list; sanding down calluses and other protrusions is (to me) much more important.
Jan
2
comment Hauling a pack during climbing
Thanks for the answer. I was thinking more specifically of hauling a "light" pack under 20 lbs, not necessarily a full bigwall climbing kit.
Dec
27
comment What shoes to wear while climbing monolithic granite rocks?
The sole of an approach shoe is usually made of a much "stickier" rubber (similar to what is on a rock climbing shoe), which is why it provides more friction than a regular hiking boot.
Dec
17
comment Can Primaloft One be Layered?
I disagree with you on where the air gets trapped. For any insulating layer air is trapped inside the layer, not between any two layers.
Dec
11
comment Is caffeine helpful or hurtful when backpacking?
Nice! Do you have a reference for your statement "the time it takes to lose the addiction is typically very short, typically just a few days"?
Nov
9
comment Avoiding tangles when leading on double ropes
Hey, I was going to page you :) Personally, I tend to find a mess when the second arrives at my belay (I do most of the leading). However, I think it would also be helpful to have general strategies for all to use.
Nov
7
comment Anchor without cordelette?
Great answer! To add a tiny bit: in any self-rescue situation, using the rope for an anchor adds a lot of steps to the rescue (I think you hinted at this).
Oct
25
comment How to get rid of the smell from indoor climbing shoes?
You might also check out this very similar question: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3668/…
Oct
24
comment When climbing should a carabiner ever be clipped to the tie-in loops, and should anything other than a carabiner ever attach to the belay loop?
I agree; Girth hitching the belay loop is fine (they are plenty strong and way over-engineered).
Oct
2
comment How does cam strength change with the retraction angle?
Thanks, I clearly had my terminology mixed up... So what would you call the variable that is how much it is "cammed."
Sep
27
comment Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
Sorry, but this is incorrect and unsafe. The double fisherman's or flat overhand are much better knots that do not have ropes rubbing on each other.
Sep
27
comment Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
Anyone reading this should note that this knot is absolutely not safe for climbing.
Jan
10
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
Look at it this way... the noise keeps bears away (or lets them know dinner is ready, not sure which yet) :D
Jan
10
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
Not that this helps in your particular case, but MSR also makes the Dragonfly, a stove which does simmer.