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comment Rules for Carrying flammable subtances in UK
do not carry liquid fuel to help you start a fire. Whether it's legal or not, it's impractical. The day's newspaper and a small amount of dry twigs should be all you need, and are far safer. I've started many a rainy-day fire without resorting to flammable liquids.
Jun
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comment Do I need to hang a bear cache?
Yup. I've had a bear through my camp. The food barrels were under the (26 ft) canoe, and the bear biffed them around quite a bit. When they didn't yield, the bear left, walking right past our tents without any interest in them. More importantly, your technique does not protect you from squirrels and similar rodents, who have got into poorly hung packs and ruined some of our food in the past.
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freudian typo?
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May
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comment Are there any phobia-friendly ways to deal with flies?
I use this approach to garden in blackfly season.
May
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comment Are there any phobia-friendly ways to deal with flies?
is your problem specifically flies? houseflies? blackflies? are mosquitos ok? gnats? serious question because houseflies, for example, are rare in the wilderness and common in suburbia.
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May
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comment Logic behind hikers yielding to horses?
interesting info about uphill/downhill. I was told on a safari once that leopards, cheetah etc are very bad at running up hills, while antelope etc are better. Perhaps this also applies to mountain lions and horses?
May
26
comment Is saltwater antiseptic?
Clean water with salt added to it certainly is. But ocean water full of assorted organics? Maybe not. I would rinse off actual mud with it but otherwise wait and clean the wound at home.
May
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comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
In an Ontario summer I generally find it is light enough to set up a tent and cook dinner until 9pm. So don't plan to get up at 7am and go to 9pm each day. Plan for leaving at 9am and stopping at 7pm. Then if you run into trouble you have 4 hours of slack. It's not the absolute length that matters: it's the difference between your planned length and the most you could do before carrying on was physically impossible. As for what to do with your time in camp, that sounds like another question, one I'd be happy to answer.
May
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comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
as I mentioned in an answer to the other question, Quetico, which is a provincial park, lets you camp where you like, so now you know one :-). It has to do with how popular and full the park is. outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/5739/163
May
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comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
I suppose it depends on how full the park is and how prevalent camping at the wrong site or without a permit has been found to be. A park that's 100% booked every night needs more enforcement than one that's less than 20% full where it won't hurt if you camp in the wrong spot.
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