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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.
May
25
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
In an Ontario summer I generally find it is light enough to set up a tent and cook dinner until 9pm. So don't plan to get up at 7am and go to 9pm each day. Plan for leaving at 9am and stopping at 7pm. Then if you run into trouble you have 4 hours of slack. It's not the absolute length that matters: it's the difference between your planned length and the most you could do before carrying on was physically impossible. As for what to do with your time in camp, that sounds like another question, one I'd be happy to answer.
May
25
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
as I mentioned in an answer to the other question, Quetico, which is a provincial park, lets you camp where you like, so now you know one :-). It has to do with how popular and full the park is. outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/5739/163
May
25
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
I suppose it depends on how full the park is and how prevalent camping at the wrong site or without a permit has been found to be. A park that's 100% booked every night needs more enforcement than one that's less than 20% full where it won't hurt if you camp in the wrong spot.
May
7
comment Gloves for knuckle protection that can get wet but not necessarily waterproof
I have a summer pair of gardening gloves that are rubbery on the fingers and palm, mesh on the back of the hand. I am only protecting against paddling blisters and minor burns from touching hot cookout, but I expect they would work for your purposes too.
Apr
27
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
September is when I love to go into Algonquin, which is super crowded in the summer (eg spotting portages by the line of canoes headed to them). Pretty much everyone you meet there in September has grey hair :-)
Apr
22
comment Canadian Law with respect to knifes
You will see different enforcement of this on a Toronto streetcar or subway than at an Algonquin campsite - and rightly so - which is why a definitive answer isn't possible
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?