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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
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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
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.