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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
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You are using your old used sneaker-like city-shoes, sport-shoes or jogging-shoes to go hiking? Well, those are made for really flat paths without lots of surface irregularities and they aren't ...

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What is "Isolation" and "Prominence" in mountain terms?
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Isolation and prominence are the two key criteria to classify a peak as an independent mountain. To understand the meaning I like the visualization from the German Wiki where "Dominanz" means ...

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Should overweight people ever climb?
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You could ask the similar question "Most runners I see aren't fat, so is it wrong to start running as a massive guy?" Of course the good and really good climbers are most likely on the thinner side ...

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Mountaineering with a 6-year-old kid in winter
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You know that there is a lot of snow already in those heights in Austria? Even in 1500m people not used to it will get problems. Please have a look at webcams and detailed descriptions of the route ...

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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?
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It's not really about the tent, it is about planned "bivouacs" (that means you plan to sleep outdoors) and emergency bivouacs where the latter of course aren't forbidden. That means if you carry a ...

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Is it dangerous to rope together on an ascent of hard packed ice?
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The most common options coming to my mind are: Securing from anchors and building e.g. one rope-party with 2 and one with 3 members This is slow but very safe. You do it in steep and/or difficult ...

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Should one remove their boots in an emergency bivvy situation?
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I only see an advantage if your boots are wet: Then I would advise to remove the wet shoes and socks. Maybe you are in the lucky position to have some dry spare socks in your backpack. If not you may ...

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Are mittens warmer than gloves?
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This is simply a question of the increased surface area of gloves which will therefore increase temperature (heat flux) exchange. Same reason why foxes have smaller ears as further away they are ...

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How to prevent fingers from freezing?
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Some general rules: layer system also for the hands is a good idea but those gardening gloves won't work pretty well better use inner liner gloves (wool or even a softshell glove) and a warm mitten ...

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What do you call a small backpack? (so I can search for it)
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You can find smaller backpacks called daypacks but regarding the actual activity they are mostly around 25-35 litre. Smaller packs are often used for biking, trailrunning and as climbing backpack. The ...

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How to detect a crevasse on a glacier
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If the glacier isn't snowless (aper) you can probe for spaces under the surface which should be noticed by less resistance in the snow/Firn. Still it is preferable to avoid going in regions where one ...

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Shoe sizes for bouldering
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Yes, shoe size plays a role which is quite important. But for beginners I would suggest to think more about foot technique than caring about the best possible gear. For climbing shoe sizes I give the ...

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How precise is a pedometer for estimating on a backpacking trip?
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Searching online I found lots of useful informations, like e.g. wiki says: The accuracy of step counters varies widely between devices. Typically, step counters are reasonably accurate at a walking ...

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In cold conditions, will you freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any?
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This depends on the actual type of clothing and mostly on the wind speed. The wind evaporates moisture from the body. Since evaporation is a cooling process and absorbs latent heat away from the ...

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Climbing Mt Kazbek in Georgia
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Being young, athletic, fit and having great conditions won't help you if you are missing experience in techniques/tactics required when going over glaciers. Kilimanjaro is a high altitude mountain, ...

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Is it ok to wear hiking shoes on street conditions?
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Benedikt already gave a good answer and he is right that a hiking boot would be a massive overflow. It just looks ridiculous because it is simply not designed to be used on flat terrain. What you need ...

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What is a so called "Weiderost" (cattle guards)?
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There are different kind of obstacles so that farm animals like cows on alpine pastures stay in the related territory. If you hike, you often pass little doors or Z-shaped wooden obstacles or have to ...

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Measuring a dangerous snow slope
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If you don't have a compass or other instruments, it is possible to measure the slope with your two (ski) poles solely. Just hold one pole vertically by using gravity and stick it into the snow. Hold ...

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How to walk as a roped party on a glacier?
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The answer of @BenediktBauer covers pretty much everything you have to know as a beginner on glaciers. What you also have to know is the proper knot (and that was the second part of your question). ...

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Do "R" values add proportionally?
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Yes, the R-value will add of your different layers. If you wear layer A with R=5 and layer B with R=2.5, the overall insulation value will be R=7.5. To explain this a bit, we think of two layers or ...

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Descending a dry grass slope with serious inclination and exposure
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In southern Germany there are a lot of steep hills which don't have too much rock but mainly grass. Therefore people are "grass climbing" mountains, there is even a grass climbing grade for it. You ...

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What equipment is needed for glacier hiking?
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about excess rope, rope length and how to split rope please see: https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/7025/2653 As you see on the picture, the two ends of the rope is devided evenly between the ...

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What are other alternatives to Sleeping pads?
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Depends on the situation and therefore the gear you have along and the environment you are in. For example if you are on an alpine tour, you can do similar as we did this year in a bivouac: try to ...

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What is the proper technique for self-arrest when wearing crampons?
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Although @ReverendGonzo gave a nice answer I want to start a little debate. There is no explicit answer to this question. Different alpine clubs have different opinions and even different mountain ...

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What kind of creme could Ueli Steck be possibly using and why?
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I asked Ueli Steck as @fgysin suggested and got the following answer: It is "Sportusal Spray". This is a spray stimulating the blood flow. For more information have a look at the medication here: ...

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How does a carabiner handle make sense?
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For me it seems to be more a fashion thing than extremely useful. Of course you can clip the mug to the outside of your backpack or anywhere on the campside but I doubt you really need this. ...

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When to sharpen crampons?
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I usually sharp my crampons when I am expecting icy conditions, that means glare ice. Especially when you go steep and need front point technique, you need to rely on those points - all your bodys ...

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Why might one need a 2000 lumen headlamp?
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First of all I doubt that you get a quality product for under 20 bucks which says it is going to be 2000 Lm. There are concerns that it won't be so bright as it states (read the advertising: "Output ...

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Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides "walk on the snow"?
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I think it's quite similar to skiing because the reason for kick-and-glide is to save energy. Same for snowshoes; try not to elevate the whole weight of the shoe for every step. Of course in deep snow ...

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Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
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Referring to @theJollySin's answer: In Europe the mountains aren't that high but you still have to go over glaciers on most routes to the high summits. So you need to learn some basic safety/rope ...

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