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Jul
27
comment Do barrel style root cellars get colder the deeper you dig them?
@liam I think the way you have it can be misleading as you put the emphasis on a not quite relevant fact. I don't think he's expecting to dig 1km; so why start with that fact? :)
Jul
21
comment Comparing 2-person, three-season backpacking tents
@nhinkle Discussing this on meta is probably better than here in the comments :)
Jul
21
comment Comparing 2-person, three-season backpacking tents
@nhinkle There is a question regarding this on Meta; meta.outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/505/…
Jul
20
comment Comparing 2-person, three-season backpacking tents
What tent did you have prior? What features did you like the most? What features did you miss?
Jul
19
comment Tree bark as food
@Karl My guess would be that the article means 500-600 kCal. It is common, although not strictly correct, to drop the kilo when talking about calories and food. If I say a Snickers bar is 280 calories, would you assume I meant 0.28 kcal?
Jul
16
comment Maintaining a Mountain Hut
a shelter register or logbook is also a nice addition, not only to record who visits when (which can help Search & Rescue if there's an emergency), but also to assist shelter maintainers by noting any issues with the structure and surrounding area (leaky roof, blow-downs, etc).
Jul
16
comment Sleeping bag too hot
Some sleeping bags are designed so you can shift the down to the side in order to help with thermo-regulation.
Jul
13
comment Hiking and wild sleeping in California wilderness
@Thomas consider editing out the predator portion of the question as there's now a specific question for it.
Jul
13
comment What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?
For coyotes I would maybe add that you should not run away from them.
Jul
10
comment Why do flies try to get in my eyes all the time?
To me they are different questions; Why do they fly in my eyes? How to deal with them? I referenced to other question because one of the answer explains the why.
Jul
9
comment Water filters - why sand and rocks?
@liam The question you suggest is off-topic to the question being asked. Please note that the question is tagged with survival. This means, it is safe to assume that a fast flowing stream is NOT available. To me this is like someone asking which car is better to drive to London and having someone argue that you should fly there by aircraft. It may be useful input if I'm questioning the best mode of transportation but if I really mean to compare different cars for that specific purpose, the comment is quite unconstructive.
Jul
9
comment Water filters - why sand and rocks?
@BenCrowell Btw, did you even watch the video? The water used is definitely not what you would call "probably clean".
Jul
9
comment Water filters - why sand and rocks?
@BenCrowell Some people would recommend to NOT try to find your way to safety and instead stay put. Also, keeping yourself busy can help you stay busy and calm. Even if you built the water filtration device and never use it; it may have served a different purpose. I don't see how this is relevant to the OP question. The question is not "please debate the usefulness of creating such a contraption" but rather the purpose of one of its components it. Feel free to create a question where it states "Should I create such a contraption? this would be much more appropriate.
Jul
9
comment Water filters - why sand and rocks?
I actually agree with you on backcountry water but this is not a backcountry camping question. The video referred by the OP is about filtering water and not purification. i.e. You have brown water, it is the only available water, what can you do with it? Yes, it is a hypothetical scenario fitting, in my humble opinion, with the topic of survival. I think you are confusing survival and backcountry camping tags.
Jul
9
comment Water filters - why sand and rocks?
@BenCrowell In survival situation there are many scenarios where you may not have access to a pristine water source in which case you might have to deal with whatever is at hand. The author of the video also mentions that this is just for water filtration, and not purification.
Jul
7
comment Why do flies try to get in my eyes all the time?
We already have a similar question on TGO: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/4156/… "You are likely talking about eye flies. They feed on lachrymal secretion which your eyes produce."
Jul
1
comment Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
@Kate Gregory It most likely depends on the circumstances: how much advance warning you have, how fast the tornado is traveling, and how close you are to its direct path. Probably better to err on the side of caution and take only what you need (first aid, clothes to keep you warm/dry, some water and food). Losing a tent or canoe is no fun, but it's better than being severely injured or killed.
Jun
27
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
@JustinC the answer below. I guess back is the wrong term. :)
Jun
24
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
@JustinC it looks like polar pure is back!
Jun
23
comment What is this knee pain when going downhill?
You can also mimic this using your bandanna.