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Apr
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comment What do I do if a black bear is right outside my tent?
@Shem: OK, and did you ever have a encounter with a black bear (specifically excluding grizzlies) where you felt threatened at all? Since you have a lot of data points, it might be useful to use them to illustrate the concepts.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
@Ben: Actually your own link confirms that Tecnu worked in a controlled experiment. It actually did slightly better than dishwashing soap and a de-greaser. The interesting part is that these other substances also worked, which I previously wasn't aware of, but that doesn't make Tecnu any less effective. I can tell you for sure from personal experience that some types of soap at least don't work on poison ivy. I have been exposed, washed with soap within a few hours, and gotten a serious rash.
Apr
14
comment Best sun protection for swimming
Many sunscreens claim not to dissolve off in water. However, what SPF value you need is something only you can answer. It depends on how easily you burn, which is somewhat correlated to how light your skin is. We have no way of knowing either so answers can only be speculation.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
@Ben: I'm not where the bottle is now so can't go see what it says on it. However, I have certainly tried to wash of poison ivy before with ordinary soap. I know it didn't work since I got some serious rashes. I am quite sure I've been exposed at least twice, washed with Tecnu within a few hours, and had no rashes. I haven't done a controlled test, but I'm satisfied that it works. We have a lot of poison ivy around here, and others that do regular trail work I have talked to say the same thing.
Apr
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answered What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
Apr
14
revised How to hide a trail turn?
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Apr
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comment How to hide a trail turn?
This is rather foreign to what I'm used to. I would be interesting to look at this place with Google Earth. How about the lat/lon coordinates?
Apr
13
comment How to hide a trail turn?
How do you know that whoever is in charge of this land didn't take down the swing and bench?
Apr
13
comment Do leeches fall onto prey from trees?
You need to watch out for drop bears too. That's why the leaches are up in the trees in the first place.
Apr
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revised How to hide a trail turn?
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Apr
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answered How to hide a trail turn?
Apr
11
answered What do I do if a black bear is right outside my tent?
Apr
8
comment How do you survive getting towed under a log jam?
"How do you survive getting towed under a log jam?" You don't, unless you are lucky enough to pop out the other side. If there had been no way to pass underneath the logjam, and the current was too strong to get back upstream, you both would have been dead. I suppose the best thing to do would be to grab at branches and whatever and "climb" your way back. That will only work in limited cases, but it's better than staying there trapped and drowning for sure.
Apr
3
comment My head torch/lamp has a red mode, why?
@Wills: It's for any time you want to preserve your night vision.
Apr
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answered My head torch/lamp has a red mode, why?
Mar
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answered What kind of car do I need to reach most hiking trailheads near Boulder Colorado, Rocky Mountain NP
Mar
18
comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
@Scott: Live trees are really the only realistic options at trail intersections. Posts cost money, need to be carried to the site, are difficult to dig holes for, and don't keep the sign high enough to be out of reach of casual vandals.
Mar
18
comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
I wish I could accept this answer too.