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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.
Apr
8
comment How do you survive getting towed under a log jam?
"How do you survive getting towed under a log jam?" You don't, unless you are lucky enough to pop out the other side. If there had been no way to pass underneath the logjam, and the current was too strong to get back upstream, you both would have been dead. I suppose the best thing to do would be to grab at branches and whatever and "climb" your way back. That will only work in limited cases, but it's better than staying there trapped and drowning for sure.
Apr
3
comment My head torch/lamp has a red mode, why?
@Wills: It's for any time you want to preserve your night vision.
Mar
18
comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
@Scott: Live trees are really the only realistic options at trail intersections. Posts cost money, need to be carried to the site, are difficult to dig holes for, and don't keep the sign high enough to be out of reach of casual vandals.
Mar
18
comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
I wish I could accept this answer too.
Mar
17
comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
Thanks. This is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for, although not the answer I wanted to hear. Can you provide a few links to the "lot of resources" you mention about fixing items to trees.
Mar
16
comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
Thanks for trying to help, but this is not what I was asking. I want the signs to move outward with the tree as it grows. The question is how to attach to allow that. If the nail is really solidly in the tree, then the growth pressure can't push it out. Not solid enough, and the sign will come off on its own from wind, freeze/thaw cycles, etc. As I said, I expect the tree to grow several inches in radius over the life of the sign. I don't want nails sticking out that far.
Mar
16
comment How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?
Good point. I can put a backing board behind the aluminum signs. What kind of nails do you use for this case (length into tree, diameter, material)? And in case it matters, what kind of trees?
Mar
16
comment How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?
@Ben: OpenStreeMap can also be wrong, especially about not telling you trails are on private property and maybe you are not supposed to be there. That said, we (the Groton MA Trails Committee) is making a concerted effort to accurately map the trails and clean up OpenStreetMap. Every time I map a new area and go to OSM, I'm always impressed by two things: How much detail there already is, but also how off some of the detail is. It will probably be a couple of years before the OSM trail data for our town is properly cleaned up.
Mar
16
comment How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?
You really should fill in your location in your profile. Remeber, it's not for you, it valuable context and a courtesey to us.
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
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.