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A guy who is into a little bit of everything...music (listening and making it), photography, DIY, technology, the outdoors (hiking, backpacking, climbing...), and trying to live by grace through faith. I also currently work at a high adventure camp in the Southeast where I also do a little bit of everything...


Mar
14
reviewed Reviewed Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
Mar
10
comment Is there any upper temperature limit for a given sleeping bag?
Ok I understand more where you're coming from now. I thought you were looking for an actual numerical threshold of where it's too warm to use a given sleeping bag. It might help to clarify your question a bit. But here's what I do: I use a lightweight, 45'F bag for summer because my winter bag, which is 15'F, is just too hot in temps above 55-65'F. I also use a thin synthetic sleeping bag liner that I can use by itself if my summer bag is still too warm. I'm also a "hot sleeper." But to each his own as they say.
Mar
9
awarded  Revival
Mar
9
comment How should I correctly use poles and other equipment to avoid back pain on long hikes?
Ah yeah, this. I used to loathe the idea of having my hands tied up with trekking poles while hiking, yet now I find them indispensable. I, like you, probably should've swallowed my pride and save my knees much sooner.
Mar
9
comment Is there any upper temperature limit for a given sleeping bag?
This is a very subjective question and I'm not sure it actually has an answer other than "Do what's comfortable and practical." The lower temperature limits are there because it's much more difficult for a body to stay warm, by maintaining a safe and usually comfortable temperature (more insulation for lower temps). When it's hot you'll shed any insulation long before your body temperature gets too hot so an upper limit rating isn't really necessary. Know your own body.
Mar
9
answered Can I upgrade my MSR Wisperlite International to also be able to burn propane?
Mar
8
revised Do bear-safe rules still apply in the winter?
Changed format of the entire answer to more clearly communicate the point. Added a few relevant links.
Mar
3
comment Sleeping with two people in one hammock
Actually the pictures you reference back up what I'm talking about. As it appears to me, those people are not trying to sleep through the night, but just lounging and relaxing. And that's totally cool, but it's when you're trying to do that for 7-8 hours each day when it becomes the real challenge.
Mar
3
comment What precautions are needed for caving
@TomCollins - I think you should compile your info here, and probably more, into an answer. You've got some great points here!
Mar
3
answered What precautions are needed for caving
Mar
3
comment What precautions are needed for caving
I have to ask: Have you been in a cave at all yet? If not, go in a much easier one that doesn't require any ropework to get comfortable with enclosed, sometimes very, very tight spaces and being wet and muddy for everything you do. Don't start with a cave that requires a rappel entry.
Mar
3
comment Micro-Fractures in Climbing Equipments
Great references. And I would never climb with anyone that is willing to sell gear as still usable that they wouldn't climb on themselves. Retire suspect gear, not sell it.
Mar
3
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
I second this in major way. Synthetic or merino boxer briefs are the single most effective way to fight chaffing rashes from long-term hiking and running. This is not only because they provide a layer of tightly fitting fabric to take the friction, but largely because they help keep you dry. Moisture is not your friend here. It increases friction and can lead to fungal infections.
Mar
3
comment Large Tents and Traditional Campsites
I agree with Ben. Not to mention 2 years of UV exposure is going to really hurt any lightweight tent that you'd use for a weekend trip. Have you looked at yurts? Might be better suited to such a long-term requirement, and maintaining your sanity.
Feb
28
accepted Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips
Feb
28
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
@RussellSteen - Yeah, I don't blame you at all. I don't personally use an inflatable pad, even though they do have many advantages. However, they're biggest disadvantage is much greater than any negative of a foam pad. If memory serves, I had a friend once get his pad punctured from a splinter even inside of a shelter on the A.T.
Feb
28
accepted Could smoking pipe tobacco or a cigar attract bears and/or other wildlife?
Feb
28
comment Could smoking pipe tobacco or a cigar attract bears and/or other wildlife?
I'm with ya man. I think you should include that in your answer.
Feb
21
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
20
accepted Methods for taping hands, wrists, and fingers for climbing?