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Making a (retrievable) base in soft snow using a pair of ice-axes
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Here are a few videos that show the technique you are asking about: https://youtu.be/KK9Lp7R8QuU https://youtu.be/TJksXL4-XR8 Whether one should employ such an anchor is a judgement call that will ...

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While going down a slope in skiing, where should the foot pressure be?
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The most correct answer is that your weight distribution will dynamically change depending on the terrain, conditions, desired turn shape, your ski equipment, and even vary within a single turn. ...

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What crampon front-point setup options are specific for various types of ice climbing?
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There are many different crampon geometries. While the exact choice comes down to personal preference, let's discuss the canonical choices and intended uses. I will limit my discussion to automatic/...

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What are the effects of biking on hiking trails?
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Answer from a background of part-time trail maintenance, focusing solely on physical damage to trails, rather than interpersonal interactions. All trail users, including hikers, bikers, equestrian ...

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Are there any handy gadgets to increase visibility range in whiteout conditions?
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Another low-tech solution for dealing with a severe whiteout is to throw something ahead of you that is highly visible. This generally takes the form of a small, brightly colored stuff-sack (filled ...

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In outdoor sport climbing, why are bolts placed so far apart?
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Most of the existing answers seem to be approaching this question from a standpoint of why outdoor routes are sparsely bolted, rather than addressing the other half of this comparison: climbing gyms ...

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What is the longest dead end road on US public land?
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While the exact definition of a "dead-end road" is rather vague, here are a few contenders for the continental US. Based off my poking around, saying that a dirt road could dead end hundreds ...

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Is there a technique for downhill skiing with heavy backpack?
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There is no special technique for skiing with a heavy pack, just suffering. Consider how much more difficult it is to simply walk downhill with a heavy pack---and that's for something as ...

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Snowboarding / Skiing - snow gathers on our goggles - what do you do to deal with this problem?
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If you want a purpose-built solution, check out the Skigee (as in ski squeegee). Light, cheap, stores easily in a pocket. If your issue is simply wet snow clumping on the outside of the lense, these ...

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Is there a utility / method to organize trad gear so that each piece is immediately accessible?
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When racking up, you have a spectrum of possibilities between two extremes: At one end, you could put every single piece of gear on the same carabiner. While the weight savings would be incredible, ...

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When did indoor climbing gyms start to become popular?
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12 votes

For a more data driven approach, here's a google trends graph for the popularity of searches for "climbing gym", "indoor climbing", "climbing center", "climbing centre", and "climbing wall": google ...

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Why do almost all backpacking packs have top compartment ("brain compartment") zippers facing backwards?
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While I don't have a definitive answer, I do have a few anecdotal / personal experience reasons to prefer the zipper across the back. In order to keep terminology consistent, the "back of the pack" ...

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Rafting - Oar Locks vs Oar Rights vs Pins & Clips?
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Ask three different raft guides and you'll get three different answers---gnarly rivers have been rowed on all three setups and it ultimately comes down to personal preferences. That being said, each ...

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What extra gear to take up a multipitch climb?
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There are two main schools of thought: the "fast and light" / "light is right" / "rope, rack, shirt on your back" camp and the "be prepared" / "safety ...

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Which gym workouts are beneficial for improving rock climbing skills?
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Ricketyship's answer gives a great outline of training the climbing specific muscles, so I would like to add several other points (especially as the question asked about antagonist training). First ...

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Origin of the "bell curve" for rock climbing route setting
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This piece of advice is commonly given to new routesetters, and should generally be taken as a reminder of best practices rather than scientific dogma. For example, Most climbers don't onsight 5.13 ...

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Compromised Ropes in Retail Stores
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Ewww. I'm guessing they punch pin tags through $700 gore tex jackets as well? And condoms? Even if the amount of damage is minimal, it's still something I would rather not do to my rope. Some climbers ...

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When backpacking, what gear should go in the brain(top most compartment) instead of the main compartment?
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As the other answers mention, the brain compartment usually ends up becoming the knick-knack / catch-all pocket, for small items items that get frequently used. There are, however, several caveats to ...

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What type of jacket can I wear to prevent my back from getting sweaty while also wearing a backpack?
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There are jackets out there similar to what you're asking for---you do need to poke around for them a bit. Most jackets made for hiking and climbing tend to be cut from one material in order to have a ...

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Crevasse rescue with knots in the rope
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In addition to Felix's excellent answer of what should be done it practice, it is well worth knowing how to pass a knot in the rope (whether while rappelling or hauling). This will generally be more ...

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What kind of ropes are used for very long sport routes (like Chilam Balam)?
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As discussed in other answers, the easiest option would be to just have a custom rope and then everything works as you would expect. In a similar pro-climber vein, don't discount using rigging from ...

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How to progress in rock climbing after grades v4 / 5.11+?
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Before embarking on specifics, a word of advice: learn to love plateaus. When beginning climbing, we make drastic improvements seemingly every time we go out. As we improve, gains become more and more ...

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How do choices in design of a paddle-craft influence its handling characteristics?
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Ay-yi-yi! This is a very broad question, a true answer to which would probably require a PhD in hydrodynamics or years of relevant engineering expertise. Note that the interplay between these design ...

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How does ski binding height affect skiing off-piste?
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8 votes

This dimension is know as the binding stack height (as well as binding stand height) and can be both beneficial and detrimental: On piste / carving / racing: a larger stack height is generally ...

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Why are carabiners so much weaker if the gate is open?
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Let's go to the source and watch some carabiners getting broken! Black Diamond Neutrino Testing Black Diamond wire-gate, open configuration Metolius Carabiner Testing While these videos show wire-...

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How do you get bear spray off skin and or gear?
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Going straight to the source, here's a Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Mace brand pepper spray (note that bear spray is high concentration, high volume pepper spray). Here's a snip of the ...

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How to begin trail / fell running?
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Adding on to the other excellent answers, here would be a few of my additional tips: Try to pay more attention to the difficulty of a hiking trail before committing to running it. Consider working ...

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What are some good games to play with children on hikes?
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Depending on the specifics of the terrain, one game that can help break up the "monotony" of walking for kids is to play a variant of "the floor is hot lava." Make a game of trying to go down the ...

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Dealing with anxiety and confidence issues
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That you find being on the edge of cliff scary is in fact a good, healthy response! It means that you are the product of millions of years of evolution, wherein people who had a complete disregard for ...

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What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
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The first answer that comes to mind: presumably your climbing partner didn't drop their belay device at the same time? It would be astronomically rare for both belay/rappel devices to be dropped at ...

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