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Apr
17
comment How to deal with aggressive homeless when exploring urbex?
Allow me to recommend defining or replacing the word clochards - many North Americans make up portmanteau words that end in "ards" or "tards" to make them more insulting, like securitard for example. At first read that's what I thought you were doing. Using a word like "vagrant" or "street person" might make your question more understandable.
Apr
17
comment Is playing musical instruments like Harp/Harmonica, Flute unsafe during backpacking trips?
This is the theory behind bear bells. However you should know the joke about telling grizzly scat from brown bear scat: grizzly scat has bear bells in it :-)
Apr
17
comment Splitting up weight hiking as a couple/mixed gender group
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/1306/163
Apr
13
comment Where can I find visitor statistics for Canadian provincial and territorial parks?
I take issue with your claim that camping only on designated sites means no solitude. In canoe camping parks, backcountry camping is limited to designated sites, but each site is for one party and well separated from others. I have gone for days without seeing other people except at portages. You might want to look into the specifics for the parks you're interested in - a designated site doesn't mean a crowded campground, at least it doesn't have to.
Mar
15
comment Food nutrition for week long hike
see also outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3423/…, outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/192/163, and food questions in general: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/food
Nov
3
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
If you are camping when you realize there is a leak, a lake makes a good bath substitute.
Oct
5
comment How do you dry wet socks when camping/backpacking if it's raining and the socks cannot be hung to dry outside
It has worked for me in cold damp weather if there are people in the tent adding a little warmth.
Sep
28
comment What foods should I avoid when backpacking?
If you only care about the health aspects I think the answers to this question will apply to you, even though the titles are quite different: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/192/…
Aug
15
comment What is the longest time you can go, eating only freeze-dried food?
possible duplicate of Is a varied diet necessary while backpacking?
Aug
11
comment Chasing with mosquitoes
most disliked? So you don't have horse/deer flies where you live I presume
Aug
8
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Polar bears are to grizzlies as grizzlies are to brown/black bears.
Jul
30
comment What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?
A very effective technique once you're home, if you have a large number of bites all over you is to have a shower, as hot as you can stand. Till your skin reddens. This somehow "overloads" the nerves and the itching signal will be dramatically reduced for hours. Your cold or hot spoon may be doing something similar.
Jul
15
comment Recovering from Hypothermia
I am not exactly sure where your quoted text came from. I found those sentence word for word on many other sites. Most of them cite the National Institute on Aging as the source but without links. I chose this link - if you found it elsewhere feel free to update
Jun
29
comment Sailing with a child
Also, we have a separate question for infants. This question is about taking a child over 1 year specifically
Jun
29
comment Sailing with a child
I'm going to disagree on the "under 1 year" suggestion. Both my kids were in canoes starting at 6 weeks. A dinghy is surely safer and easier to take a baby in than a canoe is. PFD is, however, utterly crucial.
May
30
comment How can I effectively conserve water?
The books I've read about explorers etc often talk about putting a small stone in your mouth. Same concept I believe.
May
21
comment How to prevent bear bag line from tangling?
great answer on a sister site: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/14546/…
Apr
26
comment While backpacking, should one bring hand sanitizer, soap, or both?
this is a terrific answer but I believe I read that soap actually kills bacteria even if it doesn't remove them. The use of a dry bar of soap as emergency deodorant (which works) would seem to support that.
Mar
2
comment Experiences hiking with a baby: diapers
You might be interested in this: gregcons.com/canoe/kidpaddle.htm full of tips and experience - aimed at canoeing more than hiking, but still...
Mar
1
comment Experiences hiking with a baby: diapers
the scary chemicals are mostly hydrogels and cellulose, plus the plastic cover. It's like burning a plastic bag - don't do it every day, but one week in your lifetime (or perhaps 2 or 3) for each child you have is not a huge contribution to pollution. [Switch to cloth at home for a bigger impact on the world.] They don't smell of diaper when they burn, but they can smell of plastic which is why we do it when no-one is sitting around the campfire.