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location Atlanta, GA
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I am a young outdoors enthusiast with a degree in biology, specializing in botany and ecology. I have been backpacking about once a month for two years. I enjoy hiking and backpacking most, but I am open to learning about other outdoor activities. My current goal is to be ready for the AT within the next ten years.


Feb
9
comment What do I do to prevent and treat frostbite?
+1 for detailed descriptions of how to avoid frostbite.
Feb
9
comment What are some good tips and techniques for packing a backpack?
+1. Also, keeping things more tightly packed keeps them from shifting side-to-side. Being lopsided in weight can really mess up your day.
Feb
9
comment How is ATA measured on a compound bow?
@Aim Kai: Thank you! :) Wish I could say I drew it myself. Have to give credit to the site it came from, heh.
Feb
9
comment When buying a backpack, what should I pay attention to?
I'm a skinny girl and I have the same problem. If the hipbelt doesn't fall exactly where it needs to, and doesn't cushion my bony hipbones, it can ruin a hike for me.
Feb
9
comment When buying a backpack, what should I pay attention to?
Occasionally, a store like REI will have packs that you can rent. I could also recommend renting before buying if you're considering buying one of the models that's available for rent.
Feb
9
comment What are essential items in an emergency kit?
Should you also put that you include a tick key in that kit? outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/139/126
Feb
9
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
So, would it be reasonable to think of eating snow off the ground as drinking untreated water from a puddle? In terms of risk of bacteria/other pathogens? (I know not as much will live in snow, I'm wondering what snow-borne pathogens can or will do to you if you ingest them).
Feb
9
answered Will bug repellent repel deer?
Feb
8
comment Will bug repellent repel deer?
Any specific animals we are talking about? Deer, turkey...?
Feb
8
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
+1 for bringing up specific heat of water. It takes twice the energy to raise the temperature of water by 1C (or about 2F) that is required to raise the temperature of ice by 1C. This is why the water will stay cool for so long even after the ice has all melted.
Feb
8
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Mythbusters sort of touched on this one: kwc.org/mythbusters/2005/03/mythbusters_cooling_a_sixpack.html. They were trying to determine the fastest way to cool a six-pack of beer. Ice+salt+water was faster than ice+water, which was also faster than just ice.
Feb
7
comment What to look for in a durable, 3-season sleeping bag?
I see you mentioned that goose-down is more compressible-- and I would not downplay that aspect at all. I originally purchased a 35L technical daypack and a synthetic (nice, but less expensive than down) sleeping bag. The sleeping bag would not go into a compression sack, and uncompressed it took up the entire volume of the pack. I had to exchange it for down because of volume.
Feb
7
comment How to deal with condensation in a tent?
I'd like to know, too. We have horrendous issues with condensation on the inside of the tent during the winter-- and that's definitely produced by the inhabitants.
Feb
7
comment How bad do circumstances need to be before activating a PLB?
bmike: It also sounds like you are suggesting things that a hiker can do before a crisis situation arises. In particular, training in first aid/safety, knowing the EMT situation in an area you're hiking in, and (most importantly) setting up a communication/check-in network before leaving home. I like your answer, and I think each of these points deserves further discussion on TGO.
Feb
6
comment What is the proper tension for a tent line
+1. It's usually my job to set up the tent in camp. Looks like I've got a few more things to consider (angle of pegs being a crucial consideration).
Feb
6
comment what are the differences between high-end sleeping pads and cut to fit foam mats
+1. I would still be using my old foam pad if I were not a side-sleeper.
Feb
6
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Feb
6
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
I chose the menstrual cup as the answer because I can see being able to handle the mess of the cup, and also because I can see that boiling will keep the cup sterile. Some sources online, including the Diva Cup website, say that you only really need to wash the cup with soap once a day-- and I think that's doable. I hope camp soap will work. ;)
Feb
6
accepted Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
Feb
6
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
@mjrider: if you ever feel like laminating them, we laminate the maps cheaply at fedex-kinko's (they have a DIY lamination station inside the store).