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Apr
14
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
I don't see a reason for a downvote either, have a +1 from me.
Apr
11
comment Possible diet to avoid/delay defecation
This is the first time I've given a +1 for a crappy title.
Mar
16
comment Leave-no-trace-exception for tissues?
Footprints are a trace, so is your scent, dust that falls off your clothing, hairs off your head, oxygen you consume, CO2 and water vapor you leave behind, animals that did something different just because they saw or smelled you, etc, etc, etc. It is impossible to leave no trace. Most of the things I mention would be acceptable impact for most people, but they are all "traces" of you being there one way or another. I agree about the garbage, but that's not what your first sentence says. Leaving no trace is impossible, so the rest can be ignored too.
Mar
14
comment Leave-no-trace-exception for tissues?
Absolutes, like "no expceptions" to leave no trace don't work, and trying to pretend such a thing is actually counter-productive. Of course you will leave some trace just by being there. It's therefore a matter of degree, with the impact balanced against what is reasonable and possible to mitigate. By saying "no exceptions", "zero tolerance", and other similar catch-phrases, you actually make it easier for people to ignore it. It can't possibly be done, so they have to break the "rule", so now they're entitled to break it as much as they want.
Feb
24
comment Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?
@Odd: See addition to my answer. I think those numbers indeed represent "too heavy and too large".
Feb
23
comment Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?
I don't have time right now, but maybe I'll come back and do the math to show the size and weight of batteries to match 1 liter of white gas, or "Coleman fuel" here in the US.
Feb
23
comment Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?
@Odd: Yes. As I said, batteries containing the same energy as typical chemical fuels would be both larger and heavier.
Feb
20
comment How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
You can't use the R value of snow above the freezing point. It can insulate well, but acts as a essentially infinite heat sink at 32F (0C). Raising the temperature from 20F to 28F may be possible, but 32F to 40F is a whole different issue.
Feb
15
comment How do Plover sentinels give the “move out” signal?
It depends. Was this in a location with good cell coverage?
Jan
26
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
It's now been two days and the OP hasn't corrected or clarified the question at all, even though he was here only 5 hours ago. This could have been a good question, but is not in its current form. Since the OP is refusing to cooperate, it's time to close this failure and move on.
Jan
24
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
Then you should make it clear you are soliciting your services. I shouldn't have to ask to find this out. It puts your offer into a whole different light, and makes a huge difference, as there is little or no budget for the vast majority of trails. It also helps, especially when representing yourself professionally, to actually answer the questions that were asked. Your behavior here has so far been rather off-putting. Of course a professional needs to make a living, but the question was whether this was a professional or volunteer offer, so your answer is a bit rude.
Jan
24
comment What animal is making odd footprints and squeaking sounds under my guest house?
A better idea of size and stride distance would be useful, but possibilities include raccoon, possum, and porcupine.
Jan
24
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
Where is a reasonable work area for you? Are you expecting to get paid for this?
Jan
8
comment Legality of “semi-permanent” wooden structures in state and national forests in the US
@ab2: I think you mean this one: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/8165/1854
Jan
2
comment What are the different stages of frostbite?
Why why why didn't you head back as soon as the problem was discovered? Also, there is something seriously wrong with his new ski boots if they let his feet get that cold. These things are usually well insulated, so they were probably way too tight and cut off circulation. That begs the question why he went out at all with boots that must have felt tight right at the start.
Dec
24
comment Staying safe from hunters while hiking in France
Nice pictures, but some of them don't seem to have anything to do with your points. The one of Half Dome isn't anywhere near France, and I suspect a number of others aren't either.
Dec
10
comment Municipal invasive species committee experiences?
@Shem: Many invasive species infestations are too large and entrenched to remove reasonably, and would re-invade quickly anyway. Most of our activities will probably be public education, keeping a database, and letting the various groups already doing this work know what each other are doing. Since mitigation work will be done largely by volunteers, actual expenditure is mostly supplies. Several land owners are addressing this individually, and would probably welcome additional volunteer help. We'll start on public land, but ultimately you have to take a whole-ecosystem view.
Dec
10
comment Municipal invasive species committee experiences?
We had a meeting last night and formally decided to propose the applicator license thing to the town. It's a small town, and most people in town government and on volunteer committees know each other. I know how to proceed, which in this case is have a chat with the town manager. I was more wondering if anyone had been thru a similar process, discovered pitfalls, etc. We do have a botanist on the committee. We hope to get most things done with volunteer labor. That's generally how things like this are done in this town. We are volunteers too.
Dec
9
comment Municipal invasive species committee experiences?
I can't seem to find that. It would be good if you explained here what point you are trying to make, with a link as reference or background material. From the title I'm guessing this is the common argument that it's all nature and we should chill out and let whatever happen that is going to happen. If that's your point, please state it properly so that it can be properly responded to.
Dec
9
comment Protect yourself from a lightning strike
See also outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/3012/1854, outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/6010/1854