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Feb
14
answered How can I vet a hiking partner without potential hard feelings?
Feb
13
comment How should I traverse fields with horses in?
@james: You're in one of the few places you can regularly see wild horses. I agree, wild horses are really no problem at all. They won't let you get close and they have plenty of room to move. I've never had a problem with open range cattle either, but I do know someone that was chased a short distance by a bull.
Feb
13
comment How should I traverse fields with horses in?
@Aravona: Large areas of National Forests and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land in the western US are leased for ranching. You commonly see dried cow plops while hiking, even in fairly remote places. Encountering live cattle is much rarer, but it happens. I have personally never encountered a horse in such places that wasn't actively tended by humans at the time. Horses with riders or in a pack train are not unusual, but I've never encountered free-ranging horses, even in a large fenced area. You'll be lucky to see wild horses at all, even at a distance.
Feb
13
answered How should I traverse fields with horses in?
Feb
12
comment Do polarized sunglasses protect against snow blindess?
Actually highly glancing will decrease polarization relative to somewhat less glancing. There is a optimal angle of polarization. Both more perpendicular and more glancing decrease polarization from that angle. Still, your overall point is correct in that under the right circumstances, a good part of the light coming off snow in front of you can be polarized, and polarized glasses help in that case.
Feb
10
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
@Russell: Your edit was too heavy-handed. Knowing that the OP is coming at the question from being used to Allemansrecht as in Sweden is useful information. My answer would have been rather different, and probably less useful, if I had not known that.
Feb
10
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
For large areas like national forests or logging reserves, I'd first dig around on their web site. They may get this kind of question enough to post their policy. If not, ask them. You may also be able to find out from biking web sites or those sites where people upload their personal GPS tracks. If a lot of bikers uploaded tracks, then presumably the road is open to them. For small private parcels, there really is no easy way to know ahead of time. Try to find a local biking or hiking club and ask them.
Feb
10
answered Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
Feb
7
accepted How to find new poles for old tent?
Feb
6
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Feb
6
comment Pitching a tent in the rain?
If the thunderstorm only lasts 15-30 minutes, just wait it out and pitch the tent afterwards.
Feb
6
comment Can bears smell food inside dry sacks?
Black bears don't attack people to get at food the people are carrying.
Feb
2
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Feb
2
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Jan
28
comment Are there any sunglasses with prescription insert that does not alter depth sense?
Having perspective look a little off for a while until your brain adjusts is normal for any kind of corrective lenses. You should notice the same thing with your normal glasses. Do your normal glasses and the inserts have the same subscription? If not, that's the problem.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@David: You may not live or routinely hike in a desert but lots of people do. For many, it is the common case. Also, this is rebutting the OP's friend's blanket statement of 100 ml/h being enough, which supposedly covers all cases. It only takes a single example to prove it untrue. It is irresponsible for lots of cases, and borderline at best for the right circumstances.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@gerrit: I agree there are conditions, particularly rainy and cold but above freezing like you describe, where 1 l for a 10-hour hike is certainly possible. And, if you have regular access to water, then bringing a single 1 l bottle is fine. However, I certainly wouldn't recommend that for the general case, as the OP seems to be asking about.
Jan
14
answered How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
Jan
13
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Jan
12
answered Does cotton really kill?