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comment Hiking Zion and Bryce in mid-May - feasible?
I would not assume that ice scrapers would be included -- the good old' credit card somewhat works if you are out of luck. I would not expect snow/ice at that time of the year. I don't know of any trail head in Bryce/Zion that a SUV would be required.
Mar
13
comment Is it possible to sunburn through clothing?
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Mar
13
comment What can I do on a honeymoon in New Zealand while five months pregnant?
Why can't you hike?
Feb
12
comment Bag technique for washing clothes while backpacking?
@JustinC I don't think that would benefit TGO. I don't see any problems with mentioning specific products as it is quite useful to know exactly what we are talking about when it comes to backcountry hiking.
Jan
25
comment Headlamp with open flame
According to the wikipedia article it can also be used as a heat source and for marking.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
Epic story ! :)
Jan
7
comment How durable is cuben fiber in real, practical use?
The 2000 miles is based on how long the Appalachian Trail is; the distance is a good reference point as many people thru-hiked the AT with cuben fiber equipment. Cuben fiber is typically less than half the weight of sil-nylon. After a thru-hike of simple (or not) hiking the material will be in a bad shape. Especially backpacks, stuff sacks and maybe not so much tent & tarps. Of course, ymmv.
Jan
6
comment Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?
re: "in North America lack of trees requires either that it be too dry or too cold for trees." Lack of trees can also be caused by grazing livestock. This is why the Appalachian balds are largely treeless (in fact, "preserving" the balds' grassy state requires organizations to bring in grazing animals, since these mountains are not farmed intensively anymore). I would imagine that a couple centuries ago, much of New England looked more like Scotland, but most of the areas that used to be pasture/farmland have reverted to woodland.
Jan
1
comment Thru-hiking the Long Trail (Vermont) in late January
Yes--lots of ups and downs, including hand-over-hand climbing in some places (not too different from the AT in Maine). The trail is blazed but in winter will not be easy to follow; especially when travelling through USFS Wilderness Areas, one can expect minimal trail-maintenance, lots of blow-downs, etc.
Dec
31
comment Thru-hiking the Long Trail (Vermont) in late January
While the sled is a great idea it may not be very practical with the terrain for the northern half of the long trail.
Dec
24
comment Gear storage: what gear that can be safely stocked outside?
Could you specify a geographical region to provide context for the climate?
Dec
17
comment Is Tyvek 44grs/m2 (Tyvek® Soft Structure Style 1443R) waterproof enough to be used as a groundsheet/footprint or tent bottom, any experience?
@Liam I disagree; I find the question perfectly relevant and would like to see more questions of the sort. Backpacking requires pragmatic answers with hands on experience.
Dec
6
comment How do I fold in / tidy up the straps on my rucksack?
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes.
Nov
27
comment Is the “Rule of 3” proven for food?
Also, Robert Bogucki survived without food (~6 weeks) and water (~10 days) in the Australian desert.
Nov
21
comment Are bears attracted by Lotions and Perfumes?
Oh ya, I agree. I was just commenting on the part where you mentioned placing them with the food bag. It is sometime inconvenient if you are hanging your food to not have access to those items; sent proof small containers can be an alternative to that minor annoyance if one is concerned with the scent of those items.
Nov
21
comment Are bears attracted by Lotions and Perfumes?
One can use a small OPSak/nylobarrier for these items stored inside the tent.
Nov
12
comment How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
It does lose some of it's adherence but in practice it has always been strong enough for the purposes I needed it for. I did have some problems with some really old tape on a trekking pole no adhering well to my toe in which case I attribute it more with aging then re-wrapping.
Sep
19
comment Is it possible to put a kayak in the water in Berlin and reach the Baltic via lakes and rivers?
Hi Thomas; for your question, you can post it as a comment (at least, once you have the required reputation). It would indeed help if you could summarize the relevant information in the link provided with your answer.
Sep
18
comment Black bears and torch lights
NyloBarrier is a better smell-resistant alternative than ziplocks.
Sep
17
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
Re: setting up in the rain, I'm pretty sure the Copper Spur series has a "fast fly" set-up option, meaning it's possible to pitch the fly first and then attach the inner mesh underneath, keeping the inside somewhat drier.