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Waste management for Women in climbing harness

Waste Management for Women:



The Urinating Device





By Sheila Messick





Okay gals—you’ve agreed to climb a glaciered mountain with your buddies, but you’re somewhat concerned about “waste management”, especially since your buddies are males and you’re the only one who will have to squat to urinate on the slopes. What’s the alternative? Don’t drink a lot? Sure, dehydration is a little less embarrassing. But you’re no fool—you’ve hiked enough to know that… Continue

Added by Sheila Alami Messick on January 11, 2009 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Glacier Grub; What to cook on a climb or backpacking trip

Glacier Grub Made Easy:



Warm, Tasty, & Painless-to-Prepare Dinners at High Altitudes





By Sheila Messick





You’ve got painful blisters on the backs of your heels. Your pack feels like a hundred pounds. And you’re sick of eating trail mix and energy bars. You check your altimeter--2,000 feet of elevation to gain before stopping for the night. Ugh! You silently begin listing what you can look forward to at high camp: the sitting position, the… Continue

Added by Sheila Alami Messick on January 11, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

How to beat the blisters on a long hike or climb

Beat the Blisters

By Sheila Messick





Have you ever walked on shards of glass in your bare feet? If you’re sane, probably not. But if you hike a lot, you may have experienced a similar sensation or pain-sation that you want to avoid next time you hike. So what’s the best way to avoid getting blisters on your feet on a long hike? Read this article carefully.



Mistake no 1: I had to learn the hard way. I clearly remember the moment when I made a decision that… Continue

Added by Sheila Alami Messick on January 11, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Equiptment List -Day hike in Pacific Northwest

Essential equiptment for a day hike (Pacific Northwest)





Having the right equipment can not only help fulfill a hikers survival needs when things go wrong but prevent a minor situation from escalating. It’s important to know how to use your equipment. Also it’s best to select items that are multi use. A t-shirt can be used as a bandage to stop bleeding, tied around ankles to absorb dew from plants for water, filter muddy water, used to cover your head in heat or cold,… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on January 10, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Staying Hydrated on climbs and hikes

Staying hydrated is essential to peak performance and climbing enjoyment, dehydration can cause lagging pace, apathy, headaches, fatigue, and can affect decision making. Constriction of blood vessels due to dehydration makes you susceptible to hypothermia, frostbite, and altitude sickness.



Most athletes understand the importance of hydration but many climbers still end up mildly dehydrated without realizing it. Especially since some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are similar to… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on January 4, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

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