HorusKol
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If I'm caught in lightning above tree-line, what should I do?
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Okay - I found that both my Langmuir (Mountaincraft and Leadership) and my Mountaineers (Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills) have pretty good advice about lightning. I would advise anyone ...

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What is the safest way to purify water?
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I would get a ceramic filter that is rated to remove metals like arsenic (this is a particular issue in the UK where most surface water in the wild country can harbour arsenic - but I'd rather assume ...

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What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
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This might sound a bit daft - but you could be holding on to the rock too tightly. Your other questions indicate you might be pretty new to climbing, and it is common for beginners to make this ...

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Is drinking urine safe?
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Urine is normally sterile (barring urinary tract infections) - so, from bacteriological stance, fresh urine isn't going to hurt. The problem is - urine is a waste product, and so is full of stuff ...

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What is the difference between men's and women's hiking boots?
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While this is by far not a universal truth, in general, women tend to have more slender feet than men. Then again - some women have wide, plate-like feet, and some men have thin feet. Also, I've ...

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How do I tie a sleeping bag to my backpack?
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Looking at the picture of your new pack, those 'smallish straps' appear to be compression straps to pull in your backpack once you've packed to stop the weight inside from shifting. I'd say they're ...

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Why does my belay device have two holes?
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Most belay devices come with two holes for rope, for various reasons: Some devices are asymmetric and the two holes provide different friction Others are shaped with an up and down orientation, so ...

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How do I inspect a climbing rope?
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I would inspect your rope long before you get to the crag, rather than just before you're about to use/need it. Rope inspection is essentially going over the whole length of the rope, looking for ...

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How do I desalinate seawater?
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You need to distill it - I'm assuming that freezing is not an option (unless you're camping in the extreme latitudes). This is easiest, as the ice on top is almost pure water. Where you don't have a ...

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In rock-climbing, how do I safely belay another climber?
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I'm not sure that this is something that can be properly explained over the internet. You really need to be instructed and supervised by a real person - preferably indoors first. I have found a ...

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What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
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In addition to the obvious stuff regarding climbing equipment in the other answers, I would add: Woolly hat (it can get chilly waiting for your turn on the crag) Gloves (there's a type of glove, can'...

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How should I treat hypothermia?
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Admittedly, my first aid training has lapsed - but the last mountain first aid course I took about 5 years ago made a point of matching the speed of onset. For example - if a person has fallen into ...

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What is the best rope to have in a survival situation?
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As Hartley Brody suggests, I would carry a few metres of para-cord, as this is a very tough and versatile rope which can be used for a lot of things in survival situations. However, if you are ...

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Time of high / low tide
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You'd be much better off doing the research before you head into the areas - print off tide tables for where you are heading to and for the period you'll be there. Tide tables should be available on ...

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How do I take care of Gore-Tex boots?
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The Gore-Tex trail shoes I'm wearing right now have the Gore-Tex layer on the inside (between my socks and the outer suede/synthetic). I'm not sure that you can do anything to fix that layer once it ...

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What negative consequences can result from having too much toe room in a shoe
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I think it depends on how rigid your soles are. If you're wearing flexible soles, and you need to edge your toes on a ledge, then that gap at the front of your shoe can cause the sole to bend and you ...

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How do I wash Gore-Tex clothing?
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As long as you are washing with a front-loader, then putting in your water-proofs and washing on a low temperature with reproofer (instructions should be on the bottle) will get your get clean and ...

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How do you prevent mold in CamelBak hydration bladders?
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This is why I like the pouches that have a zip-lock bottom as well as a cap on the top - it makes it a lot easier to clean the inside and leave it open to let it fully dry. My friend also swore by ...

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What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
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As well as squeezing stress balls and pulling on fingerboards, I bought a powerball a few years ago after one of my friends lent me his. It really helps with the wrist and forearm, and if you get the ...

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Which stove fuel has best weight to bulk to heat ratio?
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I found this PDF from UNESCO It would seem ethanol (denatured alcohol) is top of the list, but petrol is pretty good and probably more cost-effective. The both have similar densities (about 0.7 kg/l)....

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