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Amateur photographer and sometime explorer.


Jan
28
comment What is the most important survival tool I should have when in the wilderness?
@MatBanik Two words - jacket pockets.
Jan
28
comment What is the best rope to have in a survival situation?
Para-cord is great for most things - but I wouldn't trust it for an emergency abseil...
Jan
28
comment Is there a way to reduce mosquito bites from swelling
I would say they're duplicates - swelling and itching are caused by the same problem, and would be treated in much the same way.
Jan
28
comment Time of high / low tide
+1 for absurdly complicated :)
Jan
27
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
In the UK, at least, first aid training does not include medication - this is considered advanced training for paramedics. The main problem is that there are complications involved with painkillers, like lower blood pressure (really not a good thing for a patient entering shock) and so forth, which the average person is not familiar with and can end up endangering an injured party.
Jan
27
comment How long is too long to suffer from constipation in the back country?
This really is more of a general healthcare problem - although it is useful for the outdoors. I have been able to go for about 4 days out in the wild before needed to clear out, without too much discomfort - but I don't recommend this as a regular thing, or have any idea how long would be 'too long'.
Jan
27
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
wrap the cellphone in a sealable plastic freezer bag, with the battery removed and tape over the battery contacts to prevent a short. nothing worse than pulling out you phone hoping for a signal and finding the battery is dead.
Jan
27
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
okay - just asking, because I see the answers including painkillers, which is a big no for non-personal kits...
Jan
27
comment How should I check climbing equipment to tell whether it is still safe to use?
I'd certainly retire and replace the rope - especially if it was reasonably well used before storage. I don't know how well webbing holds up in storage - but the question always is: how much would you trust your life on it?
Jan
27
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
Are we talking about a personal first aid kit, or one that would be carried by a first aid trained group leader?
Jan
26
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
@Kevin - Mythbusters probably won't do it - these days, something has to be able to explode to make the show ;)
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
@Qwerky - I was answering in a more general sense... there are lots of belay device designs out there, but I agree, in this specific instance, the belay device is symmetric.
Jan
26
comment How do I inspect a climbing rope?
Top-rope climbing is where someone is climbing at the bottom end of a rope - either the belayer is at the top pulling the rope up, our it passes through a top-anchor back to a belayer at the foot of the crag. Lead climbing involves the climber dragging rope up behind them and placing add they go
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
Been a while since I abseiled - is this instead of a figure-eight, or some other part of the system?
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
Been a while since I abseiled - is this instead of a figure-eight, or some other part of the system?
Jan
26
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
true - but to a novice that doesn't know any better, your answer can kind of read like "leave the compass at home"
Jan
25
comment How do I inspect a climbing rope?
yeah - nothing worse than driving for hours only to find that a critical bit of gear is not up to the job :p
Jan
25
comment Where can I find information on letterboxing in my area?
I'd be rather timid about opening random boxes on Dartmoor - especially around the Okehampton area. The military regularly conduct live firing exercises (though they are thoughtful and close the ranges to the public on these occasions) - and unexploded ordnance can easily be picked up by the unwary walker...
Jan
25
comment When rock climbing, what is the difference between top-roping and leading?
and climbing rope will stretch 30% - plus, slack in the system... this is how I almost ended up on the floor of a climbing centre from the top of a 12 metre wall...
Jan
25
comment What is the best way to store my sleeping bag for long periods of time?
I've been hanging my bags for years, and they're still going strong