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Jul
17
comment Pitching a tent in the rain?
btw we've never had to bail the canoe, but it's the law that you have to carry one and it has to be easily accessible while the boat is in the water.
Jul
17
comment Pitching a tent in the rain?
that's the bailer for the canoe. It's liable to blow away in the wind and doesn't deserve a spot in a backpack or vestibule. The centre of the undertarp is actually out of the way, since you come in and out from the edges and don't walk over the stove. It's also a handy place to put things like damp cloths that you don't want to put down on the ground - there was no rock under that tarp other than the one we carried in to put the stove on.
Jul
17
comment Pitching a tent in the rain?
Once when car camping with friends in a field-style site we parked our cars back-to-back about 20 feet apart, each raised the back hatches as high as we could, and set up the tarp between the cars to make a dry area that also had access in and out of the cars. It worked pretty well!
Jul
17
revised Pitching a tent in the rain?
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Jul
17
answered Pitching a tent in the rain?
Jul
16
comment How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
don't buy a new roll for backpacking. Use the last of an old roll - and step on it to flatten it.
Jul
15
comment What format should I use to report my location to emergency responders?
It's not like your SAR team is in a call centre on the other side of the world. They are in the area and they know the area, too. "I'm on a ridge north of Jack Lake" and then some co-ordinates - this sanity checks the co-ordinates also.
Jul
9
awarded  Quorum
Jul
9
reviewed Leave Open Water filters - why sand and rocks?
Jul
9
comment How to fix a leak in a fibreglass kayak?
Duct tape inside and out, possibly with a wodge of chewing gum in the actual hole if there's a hole rather than a crack, may look ugly but will work surprisingly well. Certainly well enough to decide whether or not you like kayaking and want to deal with a proper repair.
Jul
8
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
we're considering 3s for just this reason. 4 is bigger than we need, but I'm not prepared to go down to 2s. The Copper Spur video shows two people sitting crosslegged playing cards. It doesn't look roomy, but it might be feasible.
Jul
8
answered How to stay clean on a multi-day hike?
Jul
7
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
I've updated the question to elaborate on what purposes a tent serves for me. Thanks!
Jul
7
revised Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
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Jul
6
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
As it says in the question, Canoe-camping
Jul
5
asked Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
Jul
1
comment Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
When you say "look out for dwarf thickets" do you mean to stay away from them, or to look for them and go and hide in them? How can bushes protect me?
Jul
1
reviewed Edit Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
Jul
1
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Jul
1
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