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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.
Jun
5
comment Do I need to hang a bear cache?
Yup. I've had a bear through my camp. The food barrels were under the (26 ft) canoe, and the bear biffed them around quite a bit. When they didn't yield, the bear left, walking right past our tents without any interest in them. More importantly, your technique does not protect you from squirrels and similar rodents, who have got into poorly hung packs and ruined some of our food in the past.
May
28
comment Are there any phobia-friendly ways to deal with flies?
I use this approach to garden in blackfly season.
May
28
comment Are there any phobia-friendly ways to deal with flies?
is your problem specifically flies? houseflies? blackflies? are mosquitos ok? gnats? serious question because houseflies, for example, are rare in the wilderness and common in suburbia.
May
26
comment Logic behind hikers yielding to horses?
interesting info about uphill/downhill. I was told on a safari once that leopards, cheetah etc are very bad at running up hills, while antelope etc are better. Perhaps this also applies to mountain lions and horses?
May
26
comment Is saltwater antiseptic?
Clean water with salt added to it certainly is. But ocean water full of assorted organics? Maybe not. I would rinse off actual mud with it but otherwise wait and clean the wound at home.