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Apr
9
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
Yes, yes I did!
Mar
13
comment Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
More of an addition to the good comments below. Feel inside for loose tags, leather, and other non-essential bits. Trim or file these down smooth. Just be careful not to trim/file a structural seam.
Feb
24
comment Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
I have abused the crap out of my collapsible ones, and they have not broken.
Feb
13
comment Hemp socks and wicking properties
Ever used hemp rope? Rough as sandpaper is being generous. I can't imagine wearing socks made out of it, no matter how much it wicked.
Feb
3
comment What type of oil to use for axe heads
3-in-1 oil will work well in most cases. Since you are in Europe, the other concern may be cold. Many oils lose much of their protective qualities in cold. Boeshield T-9 is a good product in that case. boeshield.com
Jan
28
comment How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
As the comment mentioned below, it's more about where you step. I have successfully climbed trees smaller than some of the limbs in your picture, on 1" branches, by putting my foot right against the trunk.
Jan
28
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages between gas, liquid and solid fuel?
@BenCrowell -- What stove do you have? My alcohol stove works great in 60F+ degree weather. However 40F and raining was a nightmare. I'd love to have a better one.
Dec
4
comment How safe is drinking distilled water?
Most marine emergency life rafts come with solar distillation kits.
Dec
4
comment Do higher shoes breathe less?
They breathe some, but not a significant amount.
Nov
4
comment Will any filter/pump purifier last through longer hikes?
I like the wear indicator note. That's really important.
Oct
29
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
A note on this -- I have, as a result, completely abandoned the use of inflatable pads. If a leak springs it's nigh impossible to find in the back country. This leaves me with a flat pad and at risk for hypothermia.
Sep
13
comment Is titanium cookware safe?
@MarkE -- Which is perfectly congruent with my statement. Pyrex is not aluminum. I never said or implied aluminum was non-reactive. Again I would be careful of making generalities. "Non-stick cookware" covers a huge range of materials and products which do not all have the same properties.
Sep
5
comment How does Frogg Toggs Polypropylene measure up?
Thank you. I backpack primarily on the east coast, so it's good to hear from someone in a similar climate.
Sep
4
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
If you're in the middle of the woods passing out drunk, bears aren't really the largest concern.
Sep
3
comment Is titanium cookware safe?
@ppl-That's not absolutely true. Cookware "leaking" is more properly termed "leaching". The food will sometimes pull molecules/ions from the cookware.... based on the type of cookware and food. In addition some cookware (clay) is just not durable, and loses particulates. Glass (Pyrex) is a perfect example. Eating glass is very, very, VERY bad for you. But there is no risk of how the Pyrex will interact with your body because Pyrex isn't going to leech or lose particulates with anything you'd be cooking (and anything that makes Pyrex give off molecules/ions would probably kill you anyhow)
Aug
27
comment Assault II vs Hunter Pro
I haven't used both, but I am curious.
Aug
27
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
@BenCrowell -- No, the statement was based on research I did at the time of clinical studies of the viability of various pathogens. Off the top of my head that was based on a paper I got from the CDC. I don't have it saved anymore.
Aug
18
comment How to ignite coal on grill device without using kindling?
It is highly dependent on the type of coal. Do you happen to know the type or have a picture?
Aug
18
comment What type of pole can be used for trout while backpacking?
Thanks for the feedback. Cheap is good in this case, because of the risk of breakage.
Aug
7
comment How to deal with hail outdoors without special equipment?
We had this happen one time but fortunately had already strung a tarp up which was enough to deflect the hail.