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comment Snake dangers while hunting in the desert?
I agree that a stationary person is very unlikely to be bitten by a snake. Snakes bite people because they feel threatened. A sitting person that they slithered up on wouldn't be very threatening. The highest danger in the desert is yahoos with guns, especially after having downed a sixpack. I've spent significant time in the Mojave Desert of AZ. While I've only seen snakes at a distance and running away, I've had a bullets fly by my me close enough to hear the whistling noise. The yahoos were shooting randomly and didn't know I was there.
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comment Snake dangers while hunting in the desert?
Good answer, +1. How come a guy from India knows so much about the Mojave desert? Have you visited there?
Aug
18
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@bchild: Static charge on your finger is nonsense, since your body is sufficiently conductive, even dry finger skin. Your whole body may have static charge relative to something else, but then licking isn't going to change that.
Aug
18
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@bchild: Lots of water can reduce friction. Sliding on a wet floor is a example. However, a little moistness increases friction of skin. Think about how often people will stick their fingers in their mouths briefly to be able to pick up a piece of paper more easily.
Aug
16
comment What types of trees are in these intertwined groups in Massachusetts?
@Sue: DCR would probably welcome the help, but only after they are convinced you know what you are doing. Getting to that point may be more trouble than it's worth it for them. Your best bet is to work with a established group that is already working on the property. Often these groups are called the "Friends of the ---". Whatever you do, don't go out and modify things without permission on land you don't own, whether public or private, and regardless of how well intentioned and "helpful" you think the acts are.
Aug
16
comment What types of trees are in these intertwined groups in Massachusetts?
@ab2: I don't know, I've never tried that or heard of anyone trying that. There is a lot written about controlling this plant, so now that you know what to search for, you should be able to find out more.
Jul
23
comment Do Herons travel alone in New England?
@Sue: The rookery on the west side of route 2 in Acton has been in decline over the last decade since the dead trees are falling down. There were a couple dozen nests at the high point, this year just a few. There's a cycle. Beavers flood a area to make a swamp. The trees die quickly, and make great supports for heron nests. As trees rot and fall down, the herons have to move elsewhere. The largest rookery in Groton is also in decline for the same reason. Eventually beavers leave, trees grow back, beavers come back, and the cycle continues.
Jul
2
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
@HotLicks: As I said in the question, the company that made this tent seems to have vanished. If you know of a way to contact Sierra West, please let me know.
Jun
26
comment What animal might uproot and relocate a newly-transplanted sedum?
Your friend may have seen a brown-colored bear, but it was definitely a black bear (Ursus americanus). These bears come in shades from cinnamon to full black, and are the only bear in Massachusetts. They have been common in the western part of the state for a while, and are spreading eastward. They are no longer unusual except in the urban area immediately around Boston, roughly inside 128. There have been a number of sitings here in Groton (about 35 miles NW of Boston).
Jun
8
comment What sort of rock climbing grade can a goat do?
Goats are good, really good, at rock climbing. They don't need no stink'n grades!
May
17
comment May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
Go with the tent. It protects against the real issues of mosquitos and inconvenient ground-crawling creatures as opposed to the imagined dangers of a bear while you're in your tent.
May
5
comment How to keep your beer cold up to 12 hours?
Can't you just do without your beer for 12 hours?
May
3
comment eating ash in Soviet Union
Ash is usually alkaline, so would neutralize a little stomache acid. Not sure how that might be relevant though.
Apr
15
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
13
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.