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Jun
29
comment Which is the best clothing in extreme heat?
An important aspect will be whether your skin more closely resembles an Aborigine or a Northern European.
Jun
6
comment How do I protect my book(s) while backpacking?
Yes, we use a small dry bag for maps, books, our camping permit, and the like. Been doing it for 30 years and no book has come home damaged.
Jun
2
comment Activity for long voyage
two days? How is that a long enough voyage to worry about passing the time?
Apr
28
comment Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded
Yup: without that then it has no role at all if you don't intend to use it to figure out how to exit the situation yourself, a condition stipulated in the question.
Apr
19
comment Should you avoid handling lambs?
Since the lamb was already following you, I think the risk that touching it would cause it to follow you is a bit of a moot point.
Apr
17
comment The re-hydration time for deydrated foods
It's the backbone of my backcountry spaghetti sauce (saute fresh onions and garlic, then add water, tomato leather, dehydrated tomato, mushroom, and cooked ground beef - simmer about 30 min then set aside wrapped in a towel while you use the stove to cook the pasta. Grate a little parmesan onto each serving. A similar approach for my chili. As well, a small bit of the leather will improve many sauces by adding a little umami and body.
Dec
12
comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
can you clarify whether an "uphill hiker" means someone who is going uphill, or someone who is uphill of you?
Nov
21
comment Are bears more attracted to menstruating females?
that link appears to be broken. This is a cached copy I believe: yellowstone-bearman.com/menstruation_data.html
Nov
21
comment Are bears attracted by Lotions and Perfumes?
The claim is not just the sealed containers of toothpaste, lotion etc, but the scent of them on your hair, skin, or breath will bring bears to your campsite or into your tent. My position is that this is ridiculous, like the "women attract bears" advice that preceded it historically.
Nov
3
comment When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
@JimBeam "assuming the right training" - that person wouldn't be asking. See the first sentence and last paragraph of my answer.
Oct
30
comment What's the difference between white gas, propane, kerosene, and gasoline?
Typical Canada uses the US words for some but not all, we definitely have "Coleman fuel" which I burn in my Whisperlite.
Oct
30
comment What's the difference between white gas, propane, kerosene, and gasoline?
propane containers are also seriously heavy
Oct
16
comment What is involved in taking a canoe through a lock on a major US River?
Not saying it's hard - it probably isn't - but that it may not be necessary. Here's an article (canoeacrosscanada.ca/paddle-down-the-trent-severn-waterway) about a trip in Canada where people sometimes used the locks and sometimes portaged around them. If you set off planning to portage around them all, and then were able to go through a few, that would probably be a pleasant surprise. It's more the money/hassle that would keep me from doing it than any difficulty - going through a lock isn't difficult at all no matter how your boat is powered.
Oct
16
comment What is involved in taking a canoe through a lock on a major US River?
probably your best bet is to portage around the lock. There is often a fee to use locks and you may have to wait for a large boat to come through before your turn etc.
Sep
6
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
cold water in your oatmeal? Take 10 minutes and heat up water for coffee and hot oatmeal. Your day will be nicer for it.
Aug
9
comment How can I tell if I am dehydrated or have low electrolytes (need salt, etc.)?
on "just going through"? The point of avoiding dehydration is to ensure your kidneys can remove toxins from your body - not to somehow stockpile water inside yourself.
Aug
5
comment How can I tell if I am dehydrated or have low electrolytes (need salt, etc.)?
just going through is the point, though.
Aug
3
comment What foods can you cook by directly placing them into a fire?
bannock is the Canadian name for it. if you cook it on a stick you can fill the hole with jam.
Jul
24
comment How do permits for US/Canada public land work?
also for backcountry trips the permits not only ensure there will be a campsite for you (by limiting numbers) but can be a way to ensure rescue if you don't come out when you said you would. (Can: not all parks check exits.)
Jul
24
comment How do permits for US/Canada public land work?
to be clear, a national park is not public land. One of the ways you can tell that is the need for a permit to camp on it. Crown land in Canada is public and you don't need permits.