DudeOnRock
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What's the difference between Sport Climbing and Traditional Climbing?
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Both sport climbing and trad climbing are a form of lead climbing, which means the first climber to go up is not protected by a rope from above. A sport climber uses quickdraws which, as you mentioned,...

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What sleep quality do you get in the outdoors?
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Quality of sleep can depend on a multitude of factors. These are some of my experiences: Quality and appropriateness of gear Most people sleep poorly if they get too cold or too hot. Having a ...

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Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there
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Purely speculative hypothesis: Worms are coldblooded, which means they depend on temperatures above freezing for their metabolism to function. They survive the winter by burrowing down below the ...

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What's a good place for a beginner to go backcountry camping in Oregon and California?
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I'll answer the slightly broader question "How should I plan my first backpacking trip in Oregon or California?" (with emphasis on California, since that is the area I know best) Since you are ...

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How dangerous is it to fall 3 meters when lead climbing?
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I wanted to mention two additional scenarios not covered by Ben Crowell's great answer. When it is possible to fall past the belayer (on a multi-pitch climb, or when getting to the start of a climb ...

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Tie in to harness, top to bottom or bottom to top
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Figure eight-knots are not directional. Once the knot is properly tied and dressed, it doesn't matter if you passed the rope through from the top or the bottom, it is purely a matter of preference. ...

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Micro-Fractures in Climbing Equipments
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I consider a couple of factors when it comes to dropped gear: Some equipment is pretty easy to inspect. A carabiner has one moving part (the gate, possibly a second, if it's a locker). Nuts and hexes ...

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What do I need to consider when rock climbing at night?
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General advice for climbing at night: Don't do it if you are new to climbing. Avoid it, even if you are not new to climbing. Be prepared for it on long routes, even when you are not expecting to be ...

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How to use a Munter hitch to belay and rappel?
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To answer your question as to the ideal break position when using the munter: It depends. It depends on your comfort and experience with the knot, its application and the situation. I have rappeled ...

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How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
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Like with most climbing related questions, I personally find it hard to give a definitive rule that applies to all circumstances. There are a couple of safety factors to consider, as well as the ...

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If an autoblock inteferes with a belay device will a fireman belay have any effect?
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I know I am answering a slightly different, more general question, but I think it is quite crucial to learn how to unjam a rappel device without relying on anybody else's help before embarking on any ...

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Tips for travelling through Europe with just a tent
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I feel only qualified to answer the first portion of your question: When you are in a rural area, just ask if someone lets you set up camp on their property. Farmers often don't mind. Whenever I had ...

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Rapelling an overhang
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This is not a direct answer but more of an extended comment about safety when rappelling on overhanging terrain. When rappelling over an overhang or an overhanging wall, make sure that you are ...

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Tent inside of a tent - any improvement in warmth?
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I don't know what your situation is exactly, but my advice would be to instead invest in a good down sleeping-bag. Or bring someone to cuddle with. A good sleeping bag will provide that pocket of ...

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What is the correct way to attach a rope to a harness with carabiners?
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Carabiners always attach to the belay loop. Attaching carabiners to the tie-in-points causes them to get loaded incorrectly. Carabiners are designed to load the spine, which is the side opposite the ...

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How can I recuperate between two long walks
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Stay hydrated. Dehydration prolongs the time it takes to recover from exertion. Eat. Make sure you bring enough and the right kind of food for the trip to adequately fuel your body. Sleep. Make sure ...

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How do you grade a bouldering problem?
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Short answer: Climb lots of other routes in many different areas and have lots of other people climb your routes. Let me get into why you opened a can of worms with your question: Ratings for routes ...

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What's the best way to swap lead when climbing in a group of three using a pair of half ropes?
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I love doing routes with 3 people. Once you are efficient at it, those don't take much longer than going with 2 people, you have someone to talk to when the leader is taking forever, and you have an ...

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What is a safe distance for large, non-predatory wildlife?
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Each species and possibly even each individual animal will behave very differently. A good rule of thumb is: if wildlife reacts to you, you are too close. I think this is the most general way to ...

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Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?
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Single use water bottles are nice, like Steed mentioned. I use those a lot. The downside is that most filters don't readily attach to those bottles, which means I often wish I had a third hand when ...

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How can I practice Climbing without the actual wall and/or equipment?
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The best practice for climbing is to actually go climbing. I have wasted both time and money experimenting with training setups at home for practicing climbing, and I have mostly been disappointed. ...

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What is this knee pain when going downhill?
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I have experienced the same when trail running. I can pretty consistently reproduce the symptoms on downhill stretches when running distances that are much longer than my regular runs, when starting ...

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How should I check climbing equipment to tell whether it is still safe to use?
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Since it has been a year and some of this has not been mentioned I felt compelled to do so. I know you were concerned about your own equipment, and I know this advice can be found all over the ...

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How to assess the likelihood of a tree falling in a forest?
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A few suggestions for reducing the likelihood of an incident: Sleep in clearings. Avoid the forest during heavy winds. Avoid sleeping under large branches: even when the tree looks healthy. I have ...

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Can windowless tents be adjusted for adequate ventilation?
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TL;DNR: It depends if you are backpacking or car camping. I have owned several mesh tents with windowless rainflies. I have not owned any tents with a "window" (an opening to the tent not meant for ...

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Learning to fall when leading: what is good fall technique?
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Just two small addenda to the great answers from AM_Hawk and JPDurham: Look down. This advice seems obvious, but if you don't specifically train yourself to do this, you might not do it when you ...

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Anchor without cordelette?
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A cordelette gives you the most versatility and is definitely the way to go in most situations, especially if you are relatively new to climbing. A disclaimer before I elaborate any further: ...

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Knot for Joining the ropes of different thicknesses
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What is your intended use for those joined ropes? If your life depends on it (you tagged your question with "safety"), I would not recommend using drastically different sized ropes in the first place ...

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Refillable camping stoves for use in the UK
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Upfront I would like to mention that I don't live in the UK, but I hope my answer is still relevant. The most commonly used stove brand in the US is Coleman, and I looked on amazon.co.uk, and it ...

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What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
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Holding on to crimpers is what causes pain in my finger-joints. This is from the Metolius website where they give instructions for hang-board training: "Avoid using crimp or cling grips. A very ...

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