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Jan
22
comment Trousers and jacket for winter walk up to 1085m (Snowdon)
I'm a huge MEC fan, but going hiking within a degree or two of freezing is an edge case for a Canadian clothing supplier. We have to deal with cold (but it's a dry cold hahah) more than damp. Just be sure to recalibrate what pages say about "cold" and "very cold" - English news reports say "don't go out unless you have to" at -2C, Canadian ones at -30C
Jan
4
comment Winter food: which types of food are less inclined to freeze?
It's going to get very hard to spread either way. Eggs are probably oil based too but they freeze
Jan
4
comment Winter food: which types of food are less inclined to freeze?
dried foods don't freeze.
Dec
26
comment What dried vegetarian foods have the highest ratio of calories to volume?
I take both peanut butter and my children to Ontario wilderness, and have met brown/black bears - seen them in the day, and heard them at night and had them bash my canisters around. The peanut butter doesn't seem to have caused a problem.
Dec
7
comment Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
In addition, women can and do wear tights under their pants for extra warmth on cold days. There's no valid reason why men couldn't do that too: they just don't.
Dec
6
comment Apart from down, is there any outdoor material that should not be stored stuffed?
Leaving a kink in a cable by having it wound tightly around something hard can weaken it.
Dec
4
comment Are there significant behaviour differences among bear species to adopt different safety rules?
How can you tell black bear scat from grizzly bear scat? Grizzly bear scat has bear bells in it.
Nov
27
comment How to keep water cold in hot weather?
I freeze half-full bottles on their sides with the lid off - being on a slight angle from flat if necessary to keep the water from spilling out. Then in the morning top up with water. You can drink right away with this approach and it stays cold for most of the day.
Nov
27
comment How do I treat hot spots and blisters when I have no moleskin?
I suggest you take a tiny amount (one or two blisters worth) of whatever you like to use for blisters, and leave it permanently in your day pack, jacket pocket, camera case, or the like. Then you will always have it no mtter what kind of walk you're on.
Nov
27
comment How do I treat hot spots and blisters when I have no moleskin?
Bandaid sells the Compeed products in North America. It's not always obvious on the box, but the instructions refer to Compeed being printed on one of the pieces of paper you peel off. I think it's called Blister Block these days.
Nov
26
comment Will glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate prevent or repair damage to climbers’ fingers?
People say it's a placebo. But when we switched our dog (on vet's advice) to food with glucosamine in it, she was able to go up and down stairs that she couldn't before. (I mean she could when she was younger, but then could no longer, then the food switch and she could do the stairs again.) That's when I started taking it myself. I don't think dogs are smart enough to have a placebo effect :-)
Nov
4
comment What is a self erecting tent and why should I want one?
Also a tent does not have to be self-erecting to be freestanding. My tent can sty up without pegs in rocky terrain but I have to insert and connect the poles myself.
Nov
2
comment How can I build a safe, effective igloo?
I've edited a little to make my point clearer. A well made igloo will be best. But a random camper is unlikely to build a well made igloo
Oct
21
comment What does glass mean in the context of hunting?
Can you provide a sentence that includes the word so we can have a bit of context?
Oct
6
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad, while hiking
yes, listening works remarkably well.
Sep
17
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
good point. I have one of these amazon.com/PowerGen-External-UltraSlim-Motorola-Blackberry/dp/… (also by PowerGen) and it claims to hold 3 full phone charges. It's smaller and lighter than my phone and works like a charm (plus it's a flashlight.)
Aug
17
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
@hippietrail actually I think I'm saying what Rory's saying, I'm just translating into the co-ordinates of your device. He says "open the loop" and that's the key
Aug
16
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
In the right hand picture (yours, with the orange rope) if you pull on the U-turn of rope that's pointing at you, you will gain a loop of rope to put the peg through. You can see a channel for the rope in the black plastic. Then slide the thingy up the rope to tighten it (by making the loop bigger.)
Aug
13
comment What should I do if I break a shoelace in the wilderness?
This is why I always have a pair of hockey laces in the repair kit. Useful for stringing up laundy in the tent, and assorted tying tasks, and can be cut down for shoelaces should the need arise. $3, toss them in, and relax.
Jul
30
comment Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
Indeed, we get water from the lake, warm it in a pot, and then after using it toss it in the bushes a decent way back from the water. So we wash in lake water, but not in the lake.