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Jul
14
comment Will practicing casting on my backyard lawn damage my fly line? If so, how to avoid it?
My experience matches this.
May
26
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
@Wills -- No one said that. The question revolves around the amount of water necessary to process a calorie of energy. So for snow to dehydrate the body it would have to use more water processing calories to melt snow than water gained from the snow. That is not the case.
Apr
24
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
Well, I wouldn't say we were "aggressively abrading". It was more like using sand to rub with. Basically - grab sand, rub skin with it, rinse, repeat.
Apr
10
comment What is a good (and affordable) sleeping bag for someone who is beginning to backpack?
My cheap solution: rei.com/product/870764/rei-travel-sack-sleeping-bag. Tiny, fits anywhere, but it's only a 55 degree bag. Spring/Fall in Yellowstone may still have snow according to Google. Finding a compact below freezing bag under $100 will be a challenge.
Apr
10
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
@ShemSeger -- Cool! :)
Apr
8
comment Carrying hardboiled eggs when hiking
For what it's worth, I carry them hiking in the Southeastern US during August. I eat them on Day 2 without any issues. That doesn't mean it's "safe", just that it's worked for me so far.
Apr
8
comment My head torch/lamp has a red mode, why?
@DudeOnRock - I'm not clear on how this doesn't answer the question. Preservation of night vision is indeed the reason to use the red setting, as far as I know. Let's not beat up so quickly on the new users guys ;)
Apr
8
comment Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
@Reid -- Thanks for sharing your opinion.
Feb
17
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
@BenCrowell - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10737847 The risk is minimal, which is why I said 'potential', but the risk is there and to call my claim "totally" false is hyperbole. There have been confirmed cases of Giardia in the back country. Also, Giardia is not the only parasite out there. As someone who has personally had amoebic dysentery from contaminated back country water... it's not something I'm willing to take chances with even if the odds ARE small. Using a filter is far less hassle than another bout of that.
Feb
16
comment Pressing the knee while ascending
My guess is that it's "easier" because you are transfering some of the effort to lift your upper body from your thigh to your arms. However you are also exerting that force through your knee at an odd angle; Essentially you are applying that force straight to the joint rather than through the supporting muscles. (as a comment, not an answer because this is just my speculation).
Feb
13
comment What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?
This question is pretty broad. I would suggest boiling it down to just your second bullet, as that will make it more answerable.
Feb
13
comment Bag technique for washing clothes while backpacking?
Hey guys, take this to chat ;)
Feb
11
comment What size dry bag is best for keeping and washing clothes?
@LuizBorges -- Are you asking what is better for storage, or are you planning to use the bag to wash the clothes? This seems like two separate questions.
Feb
11
comment Is it safe to put snow in water filtration?
@nhinkle -- Agreed. I avoid filters in freezing conditions and rely on boiling.
Feb
11
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
@OlinLathrop -- I respect your point. I am trying to make this more general to all users. Please allow me to consider for a day. In the future, let's take this to chat :)
Feb
8
comment What is this knee pain when going downhill?
Core exercises won't affect the IT band at all really.
Feb
6
comment What is this knee pain when going downhill?
Please explain more, thanks
Feb
6
comment What is this knee pain when going downhill?
This doesn't apply to the specific pain mentioned, which actually doesn't affect my toes at all.
Jan
13
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
All, feel free to edit the answer :)
Jan
7
comment Is department store merino wool less effective than branded (i.e. SmartWool) merino wool in staying warm and wicking moisture?
I find this confusing. Micron refers to diameter. "Highest quality micron" thus doesn't completely make sense. Does higher quality mean smaller or larger diameter? Micron and quality of the wool are related but not completely linearly bound properties. While smaller micron may wick faster, it also wears faster which is an important consideration to any hiker.