Does anyone have any recommendations for sleeping mats?
I used to have an old army one which was decent, except it seemed really big and heavy for what it was. I carried it rolled up under my pack and it was so wide that it would get caught on trees/rocks/etc. all the time. A couple years ago I switched to a commercial one that's a fraction of the weight and packs up waaay smaller, but after using it over and over my main complaint is always the same-- it provides next to no padding. I always have a hard time getting to sleep on such a hard surface and my hips and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I'm not sure where to post this, /out/ seemed the most appropriate board. I'm studying mental health nursing and I have to travel to the other end of the county for my university placement. This is about 3.5 hours either way by train, I don't drive. The placement is about 10 weeks long, of which I'll probably have to spend 4 days away from home.
I can't really afford £40+ per day staying in bed & breakfasts, does anyone know a cheaper option in the UK? How viable would camping be?
Get one! I use mine to feed my family of four on three day backpacking adventures. The great thing is it doesn't use fossil fuels so thus is carbon neutral with no carbon footprint so it really pays for itself on the environment
Hey /out/, I'm looking for an inexpensive and short climbing rope to use for scrambling and urbex, but the only ones I'm finding online are at least 35 meters. What do you use when you're only looking for about 20 m of rope or otherwise on a budget? Also, those of you who use climbing rope for urbex, do I need to invest in a harness or is tying one from rope fine?
>>651127 >What do you use when you're only looking for about 20 m of rope You use 35m >tying harness from rope If you hate comfort and want to tie it anew every time you want to use your rope, yeah sure.
>inexpensive rope and harness Second hand, thrift stores, craiglist, ebay, season's end sales, etc Although I wouldn't cheap out on rope and a harness if I were you.
And for your sake, I hope you... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Sorry to crush your spirit, but this is literally "I'm going to kill myself by falling: the thread."
You should at a minimum go to your local rock gym and learn to belay. And yes, if you're going to be trusting a rope with your life, you should really get a harness. It's not the 3rd edition of Freedom any-more, harnesses have been widely accepted since the 80s.
are you going to be properly leading on it, or anchoring it from above and using it as an extra point of contact? that will affect whether you want dynamic (stretches up to 33%) or static (stretches <5%) rope. if you might fall more than 5-10 feet on it, go with dynamic to absorb the load, if the ropes going to be fixed and you won't fall more than a foot or two, get the one that stretches less so you aren't needlessly working extra.
either way, climbing gyms and shops and stores like rei sell climbing rope by the foot.
the significant other and I want to plan our first hiking/camping trip this summer. We're stuck on location though. we really have no idea where to start looking, and the entire US is an option for us.
We want to find somewhere pretty, with water access.
Where are your favorite hiking / camping spots /out/? Even suggestions on which states to start looking in would be helpful.
Palmer Lake, Colorado. Park, nice short-ish uphill hike into mountains, pass 1 small lake, come to larger lake. Fill water bottles, fish, cook lunch. Hike farther (away from water) and camp for the night, then head back down.
Does anyone else feel it's nearly impossible to catch fish when the water is cold? I only catch fish in summer, when the water is warm like bath water. If I leave my rod out for 2 hours, I may get ONE bite from a catfish. Maybe. As far as panfish and everything else? Not a chance.
Anyone else feel this way, or have similar frustrations you wanna share? It pisses me off to no end that I live in Louisiana, sports mans paradise, and can barely catch any fish while other guy are catching 50+ a day.
Anybody ever go walking through forests at night and see spooky shit?
A while ago I saw a white light moving through the forest. It seemed to be glowing and was moving steadily, not swinging around or moving like a torch. It came towards me then turned and went away and dissapeared. I've also seen weird red lights in the sky over the forest that were not airplanes since they were moving in slow circles. I dont go out at night anymore though.
>>650823 Unless you can IR, no. May have been some other type of headlamp, but my guess is that it was just a subconscious manifestation of your fear of the unknown. The brain is a powerful thing, and can do strange things when stressed.
This just happened. >Go for a day hike with friends >Go to state park nearby in Cali, expecting snow and ice so bring chains. >arrive at park, it's raining, decide to just keep going. >get absolutely soaked (COTTON KILLS IS NOT A MEME) because am stupid poorfag who thinks there's no need for fancy coats. >decide to end the hike early, head back, decide to put on chains to drive a... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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