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comment Training to prepare for oxygen deficiency in the high mountains
@furtive Would you consider deleting your answer please? I do search and rescue in the California mountains and being in better shape does not change your risk of AMS. This is a common, but dangerous misconception. My wife is a doctor and she backs me up. If you can, please check page 4 of Wilderness medicine: amzn.com/1437716784
May
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comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
@DonBranson I live in California and have scared off a pack of coyotes on many occasions. At least here, they are small even for dogs and while they aren't scared of people, they keep a respectful distance and will run a bit if you chase them. Very low threat to a full-grown human.
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comment Solar Power While Backpacking
Thanks ShemSeger, this solution only adds a pound to my pack. The weight really matters and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to find a light enough solution.
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comment Solar Power While Backpacking
@mattnz An interesting idea. I will leave a battery on my balcony for a week or two and see if it keeps its charge full time. The entire 214-mile hike will be above 8000 feet (2.5km), so direct sunlight won't be a problem. The cold might be, though. Cold might drain batteries.
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comment Rappelling in the Rain
@BenCrowell "Dry-treated ropes". That is a phrase I haven't heard before. Thanks for that. Though, at the time I asked this question I didn't have such things, and needed to learn how to wet repel multi-pitch climbs, for safety reasons. Thanks!
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comment When should you use gear to climb a tree?
@nhinkle I've done a lot of bouldering, and anything above 10 feet makes me feel uncomfortable without a pad to fall on. Somewhere are 15 or 20 feet you can tell you'll be hurt when you look down. It's a pretty reasonable rule.
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comment How safe is sleeping in bear country?
I agree with Ben below. Grizzlies and Polar Bears aside, you're safe while sleeping. There is minor risk of a charge if you surprise a mother with her cubs (but that only happens if you're awake).
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comment Why are indoor climbing grades easier?
I generally agree with Brian Eagen. I will also add that it varies by gym. I climbed at a gym in NorCal that was notorious for having MUCH harder ratings than Yosemite.
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