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Jun
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comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wiz: It looks like wood, but is weathering in a way I've never seen a wood sign do before. You are right in that the letters look too dark to be natural, so maybe they are burned. It's certainly readable now, but I wonder what it will be like in a few years. It would be nice to know how old it is and what type of wood it is made from. Where is this sign?
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Thanks for a lot of good examples. I've been warned that while routed signs with paint in the grooves can look quite nice (like your Glen Boulder Trail example), the paint wears off quickly and it takes a lot of effort to maintain. Is that Bell Creek sign real wood or the new "composite" stuff? It looks like it belongs in the woods, and if it's composite it should last a very long time.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@gerrit: Those are road signs. The US also has consistent directional road signs (white letters on green background), but I wouldn't want to put those at trail junctions in the woods either. If Switzerland (or anyplace else for that matter) has a consistant policy for back-woods trail signs, I'd like to see that in a answer.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Stone markers like you show should last very long. But, we can have several feet of snow on the ground in winter, so a sign like that would be completely covered up. Otherwise its a interesting idea I hadn't thought of.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wizard: I don't have a picture of a plastic sign. I'll try to take one over the next few days and add it to the question. Go ahead and retag as you think is apporpriate. I didn't know there was a signage tag. You don't get to see all the tags when you really need to, which is when you're writing a question.
Jun
17
asked Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Jun
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Jun
9
answered Is my tent pole a lightning rod?
Jun
9
answered What should I do when caught in lightning while in my tent?
Jun
5
comment Is drinking urine safe?
Drinking urine is a bad idea. I answered this question in detail at outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/5101/1854.
Jun
5
answered Swimming across a strong current
Jun
4
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Jun
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Jun
1
comment What spider is it? Dangerous or not?
Post a picture. That really should be obvious.
May
28
answered Ways of attaching a DSLR on a ACT Trail 32 backpack
May
28
comment Are there any phobia-friendly ways to deal with flies?
The thing to address is the unrealistic fear of flys. Maybe a psychiatrist can help (I don't know how phobias are normally treated).
May
23
answered Depth Perception in the Mountains
May
17
awarded  hiking
May
16
comment How to dry wet shoes quickly?
@Ben: Make sure to use thick wool socks, that's important.
May
16
answered How to dry wet shoes quickly?