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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
14
comment Tying up a tent to the sack
can you clarify what was bad? Did you not have enough room inside your pack with the tent in there? Was the load unbalanced? What problem are you trying to solve?
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.
Jul
22
comment Activities at the campsite
perhaps due to their ubiquity, sticks are the preferred object. Easy to find, utterly pointless to fight over. I can't explain it, I can only report it. I don't recall any fights over pine cones or rocks.
Jul
18
comment Would 4mil polyethylene plastic make a good tarp tent? Clear Plastic Tarp?
yes it is. I would think 10 feet would be kind of narrow to sleep under. That's the advantage of the bought stuff - it's either made wider or someone else has done the seaming to make it wider
Jul
18
comment Would 4mil polyethylene plastic make a good tarp tent? Clear Plastic Tarp?
you intend to use this to sleep under? to put over your tent instead of the fly that came with it? To put up elsewhere in the campsite to have a dry place to cook/eat/hangout like my answer to outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/6090/163 ?
Jul
18
comment What are the tradeoffs for a Tomahawk over an Axe
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/4448/…
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
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
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.