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How do sea levels impact air pressure on Mount Everest?

As the sea level rises and falls, how does that impact air pressure on Mount Everest? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Apr 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Being New Money in an Old Money World

I am interested to read some commentary / discussion / critiques / first-person accounts about social climbing in our current society (preferably U. S. based). About both sides of the coin - people who are either successful or unsuccessful at navigating a change from lower-class to upper-middle-class, or beyond. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Helping family with knee problems visit my home on the 2nd story

I live on the second floor of a building, and some of my family has difficultly climbing the stairs. If I'm not able to come up with a solution they won't be able to visit. There is no elevator. The railing is a simple metal one. There are about 25 stairs. Are there any creative ideas I'm missing?
posted by daniel.poynter on Jan 9, 2014 - 12 answers

How much did 19th century climbers know about their gear's limitations?

If you were the average climber/mountaineer in the mid-to-late 19th century, how aware were you that your gear was basically crap in terms of providing protection from falls? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Central America backpacker travel porn thread.

With a month, a thousand bucks, Puerto Vallarta as a starting point, and a hot travel partner, what's our best backpacking travel option? Cross-Mexico drive? Hop down to Costa Rica/Panama? Something else? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to stay inexpensively in Barcelona and surrounds

I need to figure out lodging in Barcelona for one Saturday night, and then two weeks later I am interested in rock climbing in the region and would like to know where to stay then. [more inside]
posted by nat on Jul 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Help Identify this Climbing Gear Please!

Can anyone help me identify the use of these climbing ropes are? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Dec 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Climbing & adventures for kids in Fontainebleau?

Recommended family adventures in Fontainebleau and Sancerre, France? [more inside]
posted by zeikka on Aug 6, 2012 - 3 answers

I want to want to...

What motivates you to start a new activity? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Jul 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Was summiting Everest possible before Hillary?

A good friend of mine has recently become very interested with all things Everest. Several nights after having a couple of beers, he has asked our group of friends if they think it was possible for someone to have summited Everest before Sir Edmond Hillary, or attempted to summit before George Mallory. One half of the group is adamant that such a feat was impossible before 1921 due to a lack of proper equipment and a cultural reverence for the mountain. The other half believe that it was certainly possible because of the length of human occupation in the region, the adaptation of the Tibetan people to higher altitudes, and the innate ambition of man. Does anyone have scientific evidence for either side of the debate or an educated opinion?
posted by thisiswater on Apr 23, 2012 - 6 answers

the worst stairs.

Why aren't these stairs getting easier? Will they ever? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 17, 2012 - 19 answers

Recommend activities for me

I love to climb. What other activities might I like? (Caveat: that are doable within NYC). [more inside]
posted by prunes on Feb 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Dirtbag climber wannabe, looking for somewhere to live!

I'd like to dirtbag (AKA, camping in an area for extended periods of time) somewhere this summer, preferably somewhere with nearby access to rock climbing. Where do I go, and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Jan 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me leather up the fingers.

I've been rock climbing for about a year, so I feel this should be obvious by now...but it's not: How do I build calluses/decrease skin sensitivity on the segments of my fingers other than the tips? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Oct 27, 2011 - 13 answers

WHAT IS A "GYM"?

Regular gym users: What's your routine? When do you go, what do you do, when do you eat, what should I eat before/after, how much more water do I need to drink? More specific questions inside... [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 30, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me climb!

I am relatively new to climbing. Help me increase the endurance of my forearms. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Sep 11, 2011 - 29 answers

I want to run up the stairs

Are there stair climbing marathons and how do I learn about signing up for them?
posted by parmanparman on Jul 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Climbing shoes for guys with Morton's Toe

ShoeFilter: Climbing shoe suggestions for a guy with Morton's Toe. Any thing beyond the Evolv Demorto? [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Jun 11, 2011 - 10 answers

I feel guilty about cheating on my physiotherapist.

I feel guilty about cheating on my physiotherapist. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jun 5, 2011 - 8 answers

What I need to consider before spending 3-5 days in SoCal mountains/desert/brush

Trying to spend 3-4 days in the woods/hills of Southern California [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jun 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Can I ignore electric shock pain?

Herniated disc, doctor says it's ok to climb (can't make it worse). First week back, electric shock pain. Can I safely ignore this? [more inside]
posted by defben on May 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Everest Documentaries?

Movies, documentaries, and TV shows about high-altitude mountain climbing (such as Everest)? [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Apr 12, 2011 - 17 answers

Unclimbable

Is there any mountain on earth that is considered unclimbable? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Feb 14, 2011 - 37 answers

Help us plan our honeymoon!

We're planning our Italian honeymoon and would love your advice! [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Feb 10, 2011 - 11 answers

staying active in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico filter: Rock climbing, yoga, beach, hiking, other activities and general suggestions and tips needed! [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Jan 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Which mountain would you recommend for a beginner?

A friend and I want to climb a mountain, ideally inside Europe. Only question, which one? Advice for beginners much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by dragontail on Dec 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Straight into the heart of the sun! (Stopping at Mt. Rainer for now)

... Climbing Mt. Ranier without a guide? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz on Nov 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Help make my cross country trip great

Additions, suggestions, and general information for my Cross Country (USA) Trip. Help me make it awesome please! [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on May 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Where is the best climbing tree in San Diego county?

Where is the best climbing tree in San Diego county?
posted by booknerd on May 26, 2010 - 2 answers

difference between bush/pole beans

I planted some dry beans I bought in grocery store. They all sprouted. There were 5-6 varieties, big white ones, black ones, yellow etc. Is there any way for me to know are these going to be bush beans or pole beans? I would like to grow them on my balcony (to cover my wall) and I don't have much space. I would prefer pole or climbing beans, I don't have space for bush varieties. Would I be able to tell the difference when they grow into seedlings?
posted by leigh1 on May 20, 2010 - 5 answers

What should I eat before a climbing comp?

Help me eat like an athlete for a week. [more inside]
posted by Fireland on May 13, 2010 - 3 answers

A multipart question about moving from the UK to Germany.

A multipart question about moving from the UK to Germany. [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Jan 17, 2010 - 9 answers

I want to pull this off without pulling it off

Need help building a climbing wall in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Dec 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Don't tug on that. Recovery from shoulder surgery Qs.

I'm in the second week of recovery from SLAP/Bankart surgery on my shoulder and might be fretting too much about it, but I'm a surgery n00b and have no idea what recovery is supposed to be like. Then, too, I decided surgery is not much fun and would like to figure out how to avoid having any more of it. I would like advice on both. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Oct 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Help us summit Kilimanjaro in 2010!

We want to 1) climb Kilimanjaro (Western Breach route) and 2) go on a safari afterwards. Looking for advice, personal stories, and information about planning for the trip and training for a high altitude hike. [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy on Jun 16, 2009 - 15 answers

What'd this Brit just say?

Having trouble making out a word in this narration: "An odious (?) collection of moves?" MP3 link (@ 0:10) [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Mar 31, 2009 - 13 answers

There is nothing in the chemistry of a toenail that predicts the existence of a human being.

I need treatment advice or doctor advice for my ingrown toenail. Difficulty: desperate rock climber. [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Jun 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Claritin makes me clumsy.

Claritin makes me clumsy. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Mar 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Chicago chalk?

Where can I find climbing/weightlifting chalk in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jan 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Multi Day Hikes in Colorado

Any suggestions for a 3 day hike in Colorado? [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Aug 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Unique ascent. How do you plan to get down?

Help me piece together my vague recollection of a rock climbing story that I read years ago. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Jul 28, 2007 - 1 answer

What is this rock-climbing finger pain, and how do I heal it?

What, exactly, is this rock-climbing finger pain, and how do I heal it? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Dec 10, 2006 - 18 answers

Where/what is this unidentified, extremely mountainous "tourist" trail.

Where is this "tourists" mountain trail, and where can I see more pics and find out more about it?
posted by loquacious on Nov 2, 2006 - 7 answers

EXTREMEly suspicious drinking story

Did Dave Eggers write a [fabricated] feature story on extreme mountain climbing under a pseudonym for Details magazine 7-8 years ago? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Oct 23, 2006 - 6 answers

What does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

I want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. What do I need to know? How fit do I need to be? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Sep 14, 2006 - 17 answers

Pedal Agony

How do I stretch out a pair of rock climbing shoes? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce on Jun 7, 2006 - 10 answers

High fall on soft surface or lower fall on hard surface?

Basic physics. Sitting on a 2,5m (8.2ft) high boulder without shock-absorbing footwear, should I prefer jumping down 2m (6.6ft) onto a flat rock or the full 2,5m onto a softer forest surface? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Mar 29, 2005 - 14 answers

Gimme a boost to get started?

Per this FPP, I think I need to take up climbing. Any suggestions on how a beginner might get started. [more inside]
posted by jmgorman on Sep 23, 2004 - 11 answers

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