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Apr
26
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
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Apr
26
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
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Apr
21
comment If I get a ticket for fishing without license, will buying a licence make my ticket go away?
1 - Save any recordings or emails you've received. 2 - Call your state Department of Natural Resources with such. 3 - Go to court. Any officer demanding you pay them directly is very suspicious.
Apr
21
comment How to keep your beer cold up to 12 hours?
@nhinkle -- My point was that it's useless to hiking.
Apr
21
comment How to keep your beer cold up to 12 hours?
@nhinkle -- The powdered alcohol that exists is alcohol bound to a substrate. That is you are adding to, no removing from, the base liquid. You can make a crude form yourself at home by mixing powdered sugar and everclear. However that is not "dehydrated" in the sense used here, and significantly increases both weight and volume. It's a horrible choice for hiking. You can't really "dehydrate" alcohol any more than you can dehydrate water. (never mind that "dehydrate" means remove water, not "remove liquid and turn to powder", as it's commonly used).
Apr
20
comment How to keep your beer cold up to 12 hours?
You can't "dehydrate" beer, as alcohol evaporates at a lower temp than water....
Apr
18
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
Topographical maps only tell a (very small) part of the story. The features of the landscape go far beyond elevation. Also, I already qualified that in the answer -- "To quantify where this works, 99% of my outdoors time has been off trail, with no map, in the southeastern US." ie - mostly dense forest.
Apr
15
comment Bear bags vs Bear canisters: which is better?
I'd like to see some resource/research on this. Getting food from rivers is not a foreign concept to bears and any bear who has learned to look for human food containers could find them easily in most streams in the Appalachians (which are generally clear). They can see fish so I'd like to see some indication of what leads you to believe that they won't be able to see your dry sack.
Apr
15
comment What qualifies as a bear bag?
This doesn't answer the question asked (in addition to being borderline spammy as it's the 3rd iteration of the same answer to multiple different questions).
Apr
15
comment How to retrieve a bear bag when hung with Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) method
The method described is commonly called the PCT method, regardless.
Apr
15
comment How do you avoid Norovirus on the AT?
The notoriety has to do with density. I don't know about the prevalence of Noro on the west coast, but I do know the PCT is much less densely populated than the AT during peak season. More people means more vectors. As far as I know, bird are not a vector for Noro, and I can't find any literature saying they are. Can you elaborate on why you think people are getting Noro from bird droppings?
Apr
14
comment Why not use a cotton base layer?
I'm voting this down for the moment because, based on the discussion in the answers and comments, the question is (IMO) not really "why not use cotton as a base layer" and instead some sort of more nuanced discussion on how to structure layers in general.
Apr
14
comment Why not use a cotton base layer?
@StrongBad -- There's something besides a cotton base layer that is going on here. I've never soaked my down layer from perspiration... it evaporates out fast enough not to be a problem. Grab me in chat and maybe we could talk over your system as a whole. I suspect you have a problem somewhere other than your baselayer.
Apr
14
comment How can one tiller a bow without a tillering tree or similar wooden device?
If someone is in a survival situation where they need to make a bow... I suggest they flip off the Discovery Channel camera crew ;)
Apr
14
comment Why not use a cotton base layer?
@StrongBad -- Water on your skin is MUCH worse than water in your insulative layer. Water conducts heat very readily.
Apr
13
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
Normally I don't care, but I actually consider this to be a fairly important question and would like to improve it if there are flaws.
Apr
13
comment How dependable is a cheap compass?
@Aravona -- Fair enough :)
Apr
13
comment How dependable is a cheap compass?
@Aravona -- Regarding the photoshop, notice that each button sits at a different angle. This indicates a different center of gravity for each band which would indicate that they were not all sitting in the same spot/picture originally.
Apr
13
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
Anyone care to share feedback on the reason for the downvote? :)
Apr
13
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
Last time we got our Epi-pens they came with trainer kits and instructions on the kits :)