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Dec
30
answered Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?
Dec
23
comment Walking through a Thigh-high snow
Thigh-high snow and 30 degree slope sounds like a dangerous combination. You're just asking for avalanche trouble. Then the 20,000 foot altitude will make rescue much less likely.
Dec
11
comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
Actually you can sometimes take rocks. For example, there is a specific rock you are allowed to collect above Diamond Rim in the Tonto National Forest of AZ. There are limits on the number or weight and possibly time of year, but it is specifically legal within the stated limits. Good point about archeological sites. Disturbing those, let alone taking anything, is a serious federal offense in most cases.
Dec
6
answered Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?
Dec
3
comment When to perform a filtering of the water?
A bandanna may filter some bulk crud, but does little to get rid of the stuff that is really dangerous. Bacteria and virus are too small for a bandanna to catch. It might catch some parasites, but I wouldn't count on it.
Nov
30
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
28
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
25
comment How can I boost morale on long backpacking trips?
I've told people of my experience trudging thru the snow in street shoes uphill both ways, but they don't seem to believe me.
Nov
25
comment How can I boost morale on long backpacking trips?
Tell them to have fun or else you'll make them trudge another 5 miles in the rain to arrive at camp after dark. If that doesn't work, send them to scout ahead left at the next intersection while you quickly take the correct path to the right. Then there are other options envolving mine shafts and steep ravines.
Nov
24
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
29
awarded  Yearling
Oct
5
comment Are drop bears dangerous?
I had never heard of Drop Bears before, but they sound vaguely related to the Jackalope of the southwestern US.
Sep
26
comment What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?
Did you look around at what overlays could be enabled for the USGS maps? The one you show looks rather sparse.
Sep
26
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
@Weda: I expect coyotes would get aggressive if cornered, especially when there are pups around. However, in all the situations I have been with coyotes, there has always been plenty of space for them to escape to. There is no upside for them if they can simply run away instead of fighting and taking a chance on getting hurt. Even what we consider relatively small injuries can be a death sentence for a wild animal that has to be able to take down prey and avoid being someone else's prey at moment's notice.
Sep
25
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Whoever downvoted this, it is useful to explain what exactly you think is incorrect, misleading, badly worded, etc. Silent downvotes do a disservice to this site.
Sep
20
comment Is playing musical instruments like Harp/Harmonica, Flute unsafe during backpacking trips?
If your playing is to bad that you think animals will attack to make the noise stop, then you should either practise more or leave the instrument home.
Sep
16
answered How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Sep
13
answered Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?