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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

First off, I want to make clear that this applies to skiing and snowshoeing as a means of long-distance travel. It doesn't directly apply to skiing in specifically for the descents. Skis are better ...
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Can you use pre-owned climbing rope for hiking and/or emergency uses?

No, not only for safety but also for practical reasons. Climbing ropes are unsuited for most of your use cases. A climbing rope is dynamic, which means it will stretch under load. This is exactly what ...
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Is "Short roping" "Death Roping"?

Short roping is dangerous, but it is also a critical part of guiding. This presentation touches on a lot of the reasons for short roping and risks associated with it. Short roping is claimed to ...
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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

Summary from a winter spend in Winnipeg long ago compared to Central European conditions: there are probably good reasons why native North American people went with snowshoes while native Europeans ...
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What is the correct technique for self arrest, with an ice axe, on a snow or ice slope?

The most important thing to remember is to prevent this situation. You should never find yourself in the position to slip down a slope. In many cases (steepness, snow/ice conditions, ...) there is no ...
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Is "Short roping" "Death Roping"?

Short roping is an advanced technique, but it is a necessary one to progress quickly and safely in the mountains. As with most techniques, knowing when to apply it just as important (or more) as the ...
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How to identify good winter boots for walking on ice?

Rocky Mountain Canadian here, The easiest way to identify good boots for ice is to simply feel the rubber on the soles. The softer and the stickier the rubber on the soles of the boots, the better ...
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Is "Short roping" "Death Roping"?

I am pretty certain that I have already answered why this is dangerous here. As for when it would be a valid technique, If the terrain is such that there is a slight risk of falling, but not enough ...
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What features should I look for in gear to support front wheels of wheelchairs for travel on snowy paths?

I think what you are looking for is these attachments called Wheelblades, Image Source essentially mini skis that lock onto the front wheels of a wheelchair, Wheelblades are designed as an easy-to-...
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What are some good hydration solutions for long winter hikes?

For the few day-hikes I did at around the freezing point of water, I still used a Camelbak-like thing (actually from Deuter). There was never a danger of freezing inside my backpack, but I kept it ...
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Can you use pre-owned climbing rope for hiking and/or emergency uses?

What you are asking for is not all that uncommon. The recommendation is to purchase 20m-30m of 8mm cord/rope. An example of a suitable product is the Petzl Conga which is semi-static and mfg approved ...
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What is the correct technique for self arrest, with an ice axe, on a snow or ice slope?

Having learnt this years ago, I can thoroughly recommend that when you're in a suitable spot with a group you practise. The rest of the group can observe your form, keep an eye out for hazards and ...
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What's the best way to avoid slipping on ice?

Wear socks over your shoes (as well as your usual socks inside your shoes, of course). This is a fairly well-established technique (see e.g. here or here), and its effectiveness has been ...
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Is "Short roping" "Death Roping"?

I never understood the reason for this technique, but let me guess. When one of the people is much more experienced than the other, he can judge where there is no risk (99% of the time), and when ...
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What features should I look for in gear to support front wheels of wheelchairs for travel on snowy paths?

Just a thought: I used to take my mom to the beach in wheelchairs with oversized tires. They made going across the sand much easier. They're made to get wet and are easy to clean. They have a storage ...
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Are there any outdoorsy hikes accessible from the T in the Boston area, preferably (but not necessarily) actually in Boston or Cambridge

At closest, your options are probably Hammond Pond in Newton (right off the green line) or Arnold Arboretum in Forest Hills (right off the orange line). Hammond pond is more of a walk a little down ...
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What's the best way to avoid slipping on ice?

I find that with icy conditions that you need to change a few things about how you're walking. I used to run on icy trails and snowy conditions and found a few things that helped me not take a spill. ...
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A winter month in New England - what to do, looking for thru-hikes or other suggestions

Thru-hiking/backpacking an established trail for multiple weeks, do-able in winter The longer hiking trails in ME, NH, and VT, apart from the AT, like the Long Trail and the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail ...
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A winter month in New England - what to do, looking for thru-hikes or other suggestions

You've already done the AT, so know what the terrain of the Berkshires, Green Mountains, and White Mountains is like. Obviously that gets a lot more difficult with 2-6 feet of snow on the ground. ...
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What features should I look for in gear to support front wheels of wheelchairs for travel on snowy paths?

Given your expected usage, I believe a more practical solution would be an add-on front all terrain wheel. Products like the FreeWheel give the front of the wheelchair similar terrain capabilities as ...
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What is the correct technique for self arrest, with an ice axe, on a snow or ice slope?

There is a bit to it. A book like Freedom of the Hills has excellent instructions with illustrations. If it is solid ice you cannot break through then this is not going to work. Practice on your ...
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Are there any outdoorsy hikes accessible from the T in the Boston area, preferably (but not necessarily) actually in Boston or Cambridge

Middlesex Fells is a great location just north of the city. It's fairly T-accessible and is as close to TGO as you'll get in metro Boston. Trail Map and info
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Are there any outdoorsy hikes accessible from the T in the Boston area, preferably (but not necessarily) actually in Boston or Cambridge

I’ll let you do the mapping but you’ve got a couple of good options. The Arnold Arboretum is walking distance from Forest Hills Station (directions by different methods, including Forest Hills ...
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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

In addition to the other answers: you might take a look at snowblades. These are very short skis, which means that you can both ski and relatively easily cross forests. --Edit Bear in mind that next ...
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Can you use pre-owned climbing rope for hiking and/or emergency uses?

For several of your cases climbing rope is too thick. You will not want to carry 10 kilo (21 pound) (that is likely heavier than the real rope, see comments) of rope on top of your outdoor gear in ...
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What are some good hydration solutions for long winter hikes?

Many jackets for cold temperature have inside "drop pockets", large enough to carry a water bottle. (Also convenient to warm-up a gas canister before using it) If you have the extra carrying ...
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What are some good hydration solutions for long winter hikes?

Water stored in your pack shouldn't freeze during the day. At night, keep your water inside your tent (along with any other gear that doesn't work well when cold, like batteries and stove fuel ...
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