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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.)
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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.
Jul
7
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
I've updated the question to elaborate on what purposes a tent serves for me. Thanks!
Jul
6
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
As it says in the question, Canoe-camping
Jul
1
comment Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
When you say "look out for dwarf thickets" do you mean to stay away from them, or to look for them and go and hide in them? How can bushes protect me?
Jul
1
comment Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
ok, but what about my stuff? Normally your stuff is in your house - if the tornado hits that, you're out of luck and need rescuers to come help you. But my stuff is outside, spread around a campsite. Will stuffing into packs help? Tying the packs together or to trees? I need this stuff to stay alive afterwards and rescuers don't know where I am the way they know where houses are. Or am I wasting time tidying up stuff and trying to keep it from blowing away, and I should be getting into a clearing and crouching?
Jun
21
comment Pack to carry two 30 L barrels
Can you provide the dimensions of the barrels? They might fit into a Duluth...
Jun
8
comment What should I do when caught in lightning while in my tent?
by definition, a campsite in the middle of a flat treeless plain is not a good campsite in thunderstorm season. That said, just don't touch the tent poles, and don't go outside.
Jun
6
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.