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May
23
comment Depth Perception in the Mountains
I understand the importance of maps. My question is more about my personal experience of depth perception than it is about navigation problems.
May
23
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
@Paul You are totally right, of course. I was hoping this was common sense. But it is important.
May
23
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
@Pixie I do a fair bit of hiking and a LOT of climbing. Spain is a dream. If I had enough money to take a year off and travel the world, the wife and I would spend it climbing in Spain. No doubt.
May
20
comment What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
@jmusser In my experience, I can go hiking in any old shoe. But if I go backpacking the extra weight on my body is strange, so I need very stiff soles in my shoes to compensate over a multi-day hike.
May
12
comment Is it safe to cut a climbing rope in half?
It is safe, yes. But don't do it yourself. Take it to a climbing gym, gear store, REI, or somewhere else that has done it before. They'll cut it and fix the ends so nothing comes unraveled later.
Mar
20
comment How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?
I have done a lot of barefoot running. You can train your feet to do a lot of things. But at some point the temperatures of concrete on a hot summer day will burn your feet. You can't get around that. Humans weren't designed for concrete. You can train for rougher surfaces, but not so much hotter ones.
Mar
18
comment Why go without socks with climbing shoes?
@ntc2 Good point, I added that detail in.
Feb
20
comment Could smoking pipe tobacco or a cigar attract bears and/or other wildlife?
@manoftheson The idea here is that the smell of smoke might attract a curious bear. I have seen bears approach camp fires almost a dozen times while camping and backpacking: do not make the mistake that smoke will ward off bears or coyotes.
Feb
13
comment Vibram FiveFingers, useful, gimic?
@Liam Comfort. For walking, or any run under 12 miles, they are the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned. By far. The major downsides were: the un-cleanable smell, and the fact that every idiot in the grocery store would ask me about them.
Feb
12
comment Vibram FiveFingers, useful, gimic?
I LOVED my Vibram Five Fingers. But my partner complained, rightly, that they stank horribly. Now I wear the New Balance Minimus. For really long days, like running a marathon, the Minimus are slightly more comfortable, because they don't have to be as tight.
Feb
11
comment FiveFingers Spyridon for Climbing?
@NatureRules I just ran a marathon in my Five Fingers. I love them. I also love rock climbing. Do NOT wear the Five Fingers for rock climbing. Actually, you would figure that out yourself after about 20 seconds of hard climbing. They're the worst.
Jan
28
comment Pink Winter Sleeping Bags
What is the correct way to link to gear on Great Outdoors? I feel like this will be a problem again in the future.
Jan
24
comment Is it safe to drink out of a rusty thermos?
@berry120 I wouldn't risk it on any normal day. But based on what Dr. Wife told me, I guess it would be safe and I would do it in a more emergency/dire situation.
Jan
23
comment Are there Latex Free climbing tapes
@Jean I believe this is a good option. Their description of the product as being cloth without discussing any plastic, waxy, or slippery coating makes me think it would be ideal for gymnastics and climbing.
Jan
17
comment Belly flopping top outs
If you are at all concerned about the height of a top-out while bouldering, or feel you are not in the best position to stay on the rock, belly-flopping the top-out will give you a LOT of friction to keep you on the rock. Safety is important.
Jan
17
comment How to carry dslr camera when rock-climbing
@DudeOnRock I am still interested in seeing this question answered. The only solutions I've come up with so far are: take a point-and-shoot instead of a DSLR, and bring a big, fuck-all camera backpack with all your gear. I wish there were a tiny, minimal, well-padded backpack for DSLRs.
Jan
14
comment Is it realistic to teach yourself rock climbing?
I am an avid rock climber and have a couple thoughts. First, you will need to climb with a partner so you might as well find some experienced people to climb with. Second, I've met two kinds of climbers: those who does everything they can do to stay safe, and the reckless. Guess who gets seriously injured more often.
Jan
13
comment Abandoning a multi pitch climb
@Liam When first learning to multi-pitch climb, it is very important to: climb with more experienced people, read books on the subject, and take a training licensed course (which you can find a places like universities, the Sierra Club, and REI).
Jan
13
comment How to get started skiing?
@nibot Assuming you mean downhill skiing, you need: water proof (Gortex) pants, warm gloves, and a warm coat. Rent your skis, boots, and poles until you know more about skiing. (Wool socks would be a plus.) Strategy: do NOT learn the "pizza and french fries" method, just learn to carve (turn regularly to slow your speed).
Jan
9
comment Do you need to purify all mountain water sources
@Liam I think mountain water is pretty safe. In California, we are careful that there aren't any cattle ranches up stream. But other than that, mountain water is pretty safe for backpackers. (My wife is a doctor and wants me to remind you how easy it is to purify your water anyway.)