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Jun
3
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
22
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.
May
21
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.
May
21
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.
Feb
5
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!
Oct
31
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.
Oct
30
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).
Oct
7
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.
Sep
29
comment Bare Essentials for 2-3 day Hike
@GeistvonPA I wrote a beginner backpacking gear guide here: gist.github.com/theJollySin/4df50a08d6e0ab9955c9
Sep
22
comment Tips for a novice backpacker
For some friends just starting out, I wrote a thorough beginner guide to backpacking gear: gist.github.com/theJollySin/4df50a08d6e0ab9955c9
Sep
5
comment Where to carry a folding knife when hiking?
I like a one-piece (not folding) knife while backpacking. I tend to hang it off my belt. I've seen people tie it to their leg, but that is a little uncomfortable for me: try it out though.
Aug
28
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
I tested nail polish on a carabiner I use for my car keys and yeah, everything gets rubbed off pretty fast. Useless to bother. I have marked non-gate parts of my carabiners with nailpolish and electrical tape just to ID them as mine, and that worked fine (I prefer colored electrical tape).
Jun
24
comment Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running
@Ben What kinds of foot injuries? Is it just the constant friction of trail and rock on paws that aren't calloused because of city life? Something like that?
Jun
24
comment Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running
A little off topic, but would the Australian cattle dog need a lot of attention and things to do, when not on trail? More on topic, how do their feet hold up to long trails?
Jun
12
comment Should one run (or walk) back to civilization if bitten by a rattlesnake?
Awesome. That's super helpful, thank ye.
Jun
12
comment Should one run (or walk) back to civilization if bitten by a rattlesnake?
Love the answer, perhaps provide a source? I would normally bother, but this is a question where the answer makes a life-and-death difference.
May
27
comment Activities at the campsite
Here's what we do: read, build a camp fire, cook, eat, drink, chat, look over my photos from the day, stretch/rub sore muscles from the day's activity, plan tomorrow's activity.
May
24
comment Depth Perception in the Mountains
Sorry, so you're saying that people from the Western mountainy areas find the Grand Canyon more impressive because their depth perception is better?
May
23
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
@bashophil I guess I assumed it was obvious you'd have to look at each hike before you did it. For instance, my father and I did Mount Blanc when I was in junior high. If I remember right, we did use rope for two sections toward the top. But the OP's question was just so hard to answer, I thought I'd try to give a train of logic rather than a list. Thanks for the help.
May
23
comment Depth Perception in the Mountains
@Olin The tree line in the Sierras is about 7,000-9,000 feet. We frequently go up to 12,000 feet hiking on weekends. The tree line is frequently useful. I am just wondering if other people born in the mountains don't have the same problem as me.