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Feb
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comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
+1 for the amount of research you did, whew! I would be wary of sea sponges personally, as they are, well, dead creatures. I would be concerned about lingering bacteria or microorganisms, but-- it's still something worth researching.
Feb
4
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Feb
3
comment Should you pop a blister?
I danced pointe for years (ouch), and this was the advice teachers gave to the dancers, as well. Pad it, keep it clean, and let it heal on its own.
Feb
3
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
+1. This is exactly what we've been doing, starting with shorter training hikes closer to home. Our times have been pretty accurate to hiking in the backcountry, as well.
Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
I like the idea. I love that silicone is so safe, and I love that it can be boiled to sanitize it. I'm now having trouble finding how to clean them, since that might be hard while on the trail.
Feb
3
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Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
@Ryley: I would love for things to work out that way, I'm mostly anxious about timing trips through town-- I wouldn't want to keep soiled pads in a WAG bag for two weeks at a time.
Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
@bmike: I was wondering if amenorrhea might kick in. I was hoping I'd find females here that might have done extended hiking, but I think I have connections where I live to marathon runners-- great idea!
Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
@Mat Banik: Interesting, yes, but I will not be looking to be pregnant or lactating while on the AT. And I think that taking a five-day break every time I'm on my period is sort of out of the question, though we will definitely have to slow our pace a bit.
Feb
3
comment How to cheaply introduce someone to backpacking
@Russell Steen: Looking at answers to this question, I think you might want to put a monetary value on "cheap." Otherwise, I think you're getting subjective answers.
Feb
3
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Feb
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asked Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
Feb
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Feb
3
answered How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Feb
3
answered Resources for finding public hunting land
Jan
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Jan
26
comment Resources for finding public hunting land
Or are you looking for land that you would not have to pay or negotiate to hunt on?
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
This is a specific question with a specific picture given as an example. Good question!
Jan
26
comment Synthetic vs Down sleeping bags?
Are you assuming that down is superior in most ways, and wanting to know if there is a specific situation in which having a synthetic sleeping bag would be helpful? I have often wondered this myself.
Jan
25
comment Is drinking urine safe?
I had not previously thought about trying to purify urine before consumption. This is helpful, especially with a diagram.