Steed
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How to warm up your cold toes and fingers?
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I'm answering my own question to share some knowledge. First, cold toes/fingers is serious. You start feeling discomfort, then a little pain, then you stop feeling them and forget about them, then ...

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How to preserve cheese while backpacking?
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Avoid Putting cheese in plastic bags. Ever. Mold guaranteed. The cheese should receive enough air and shouldn't get wet. Cutting a big piece into smaller pieces (for easier service, you know). First, ...

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What are creative uses for retired carabiners?
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Give them to those who need them. First of all, novice students in your gym or mountaineering school will be happy to use a bit heavier/older gear, but ease the burden of buying everything for their ...

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What do I do if I lose my belay plate?
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This topic will be incomplete without mentioning the good old dulfersitz method used by our fathers when there were no belay plates and no carabiners. This method doesn't require any equipment other ...

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Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
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There is more than one reason, which makes you feel warmer sleeping with less clothes (even if it's perfectly dry): It's the same deal as with mittens, which are warmer than gloves. When you wear a ...

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Can I heat a shelter with fire?
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To avoid starting fire inside your shelter, you can do it outside and use a screen (sorry for my drawing): This is view from aside. On the upper picture there is a widely used method for sleeping ...

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Light-weight emergency overnight-gear
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The most obvious thing is an emergency blanket. It will add a lot of extra insulation per gram. It'a good to have one in you bag on any trip. However, a mere blanket is definitely not enough for all ...

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What do you do if the fire does get "out of control"?
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In addition to great strategy advice by Kate Gregory and berry120, there are some technical points. Take a deep breath If there is no immediate health/life risk, take a deep breath and think a ...

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What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
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Overshoes When the boots' warmth is not enough, you can use overshoes. Basically, it's nothing more than a sack made of cloth , which you put over your boot and fasten somehow: This helps you in two ...

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At what point do I need snow goggles or glacier glasses when hiking?
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In Europe your will be hiking on altitudes less than 5000 m, and on these altitudes you can go with sunglasses without heavy specialized equipement. However not any piece of sunglasses will do. ...

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How to be safe on lake and river ice and what should I do when I fall through?
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When it's possible you will be crossing ice on your route, there is a couple of stages: Planning at home First of all, you should explore the area of your trip. The question is are the water sources ...

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Apart from down, is there any outdoor material that should not be stored stuffed?
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If you'd broaden "down" and "wet tents" categories to "all insulators" and "all wet items", it'll cover pretty everything, I think. Also a membrane jacket might stick to itself (coalesce) and may get ...

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How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe?
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The problem is you can't test that something is safe with your bare eye (e.g. you can't apply 2.2kN to the carabiner in the store, organize a fall, etc..). So you have 2 things to rely on: ...

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Whats the best way to abseil off a ledge with the anchor at foot level?
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I was always using and teaching the method, which Ben Crowell described very well in another answer, and it was standard in our club for a long time. However, over time it showed some important ...

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What are the minimum set of shoes required for hiking outdoors
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You can do most one-day trails with a pair of sneakers. It's much more comfortable, than any type of "hiking boots". And also much lighter (you spend less energy lifting it up many thousand times a ...

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Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
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I don't know of what quality are the poles which you are using, but it's a fact that the better the quality, the better the joints. It's one of the most important components of the price. For me, a ...

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What is a good material to patch holes in backpack?
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I believe that the best material is the same as you backpack is made of, though you may want something tougher if you are planning more scrambling over granite boulders. There is a plenty of Cordura ...

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Why do many climbers appear to not trust their belay loops?
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I can agree with DavidR - it's the heritage of "old school". Some (like, 10) years ago, materials and sewing technologies were less perfect. My first harness had a much less durable belay loop, than ...

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Is it really that unsafe to touch a stranger's wound?
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My wife is a doctor and she always wears gloves when dealing with wounds, even with friends outside of clinic. But when I ask her if I should wear gloves, she says it's not necessary. The reason is ...

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Why can't a Figure-of-8 descender be used for SRT?
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First, if you remove the descender from the harness, you can accidently drop it down (this really happens sometimes). Second, you have one more connection, which you need to control. This can ...

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What to do about slippery plastic soles of cross country ski boots
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Some non-tested ideas: Put rubbers/galoshas (or any other huge size boots) on your ski boots. Remove the soles of your previous ski boots (or any other of your old boots with good grip) and glue them ...

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What range should I expect for a reasonable set of walkie-talkies / two-way radio?
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The range mostly depends on the power of your radio. 500 mW is OK, 5 W is much better. You should study what frequency ranges and what maximum power are allowed in your country for public, and go for ...

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What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
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In addition to Olin Lathrop's great answer. What is the relative CO and CO2 output of various products? CO output depends on specific conditions: The type/model of the stove The quality of the ...

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Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?
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"How can I still enjoy outdoor life when daylight lasts only a few hours?" There is a plenty of ways: orienteering (on skis/snowshoes), skiing and multi-day ski trips, training in emergency/rescue ...

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Roping together on an icy path?
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As other posters said, roping together is not a good idea, at least if you are not an experienced mountaineer. Now on how you can do your trip in safety. When walking on ice and frozen dirt, don't ...

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Are there 1-person 4-season tents?
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There is at least one option from Ferrino, but I am sure there are more from "mountain" brands. Maybe you should stop looking for "4 season" and start looking for extreme/mountaineering/alpinism ...

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What are the properties I should look for in running shoes?
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Make sure the problem is in the shoes first. First, if you run on asphalt, try running on dirt trails. They are softer and provide much less shock to your joints. Second, make sure your running ...

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Identifying named peaks from the summit of a north-american peak
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Identifying peaks using a topo map may be difficult, because you need to reconstruct the 3D landscape in your head and decide which mountains are hidden behind others. So you can fly to the top of ...

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What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
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Though there is no scientific answer, you can make use of some experience-based guidelines. They vary much and none is "true". There are some of our local considerations: Our club's empirical ...

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How efficient is the Altai skis "the Hok"?
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If I get it right, they are using the idea of hunters, who attached a deer skin (fur outside) to the ski (e.g. like this). It's called "камус" and "Steigfell", and I don't know an English word for it. ...

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