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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...


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
20
comment Could smoking pipe tobacco or a cigar attract bears and/or other wildlife?
I very often smoke my pipe on hiking trips (day hikes & multi-day trips). I have yet to encounter any wildlife that was drawn to it here in the Southeastern US. That said, I always hang the tobacco & pipe with the rest of the "smellables" in the bear bag just due to the assumption that it was a potential risk to not do so. Better safe than sorry.
Feb
20
comment Could smoking pipe tobacco or a cigar attract bears and/or other wildlife?
This is great, but what about the smoke? I know you can't have the smoke without the tobacco, but just curious if there was some information regarding that aspect.
Feb
20
comment Could smoking pipe tobacco or a cigar attract bears and/or other wildlife?
I understand where you're coming from, but what is your basis for this answer? I know it's not likely that there is some study out there about tobacco and bears, but it would be helpful to have some kind of references to help back your point.
Feb
20
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
@ Jeredepp - Can you elaborate? I'm not sure how a little liquid soap and water will destroy any inflatable sleeping pad that I've encountered. They do require periodic cleaning after all.
Oct
29
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
@Jeredepp That's a great point that I failed to mention. I never meant to actually mark with one of those under where the actual patch would go, but rather to make reference marks pointing to the hole if a pin or needle is unavailable. Thanks for bringing this up cause it's important to make a proper patch on anything!
Oct
29
comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
@MichaelHampton Thanks for the heads up. I updated accordingly
Mar
13
comment How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
Although the double bowline (aka bowline on a bight...depends how you tie it) is great with a yosemite backup or double overhand backup, but still harder to visually inspect and much less common than the eight.
Mar
13
comment How can I 'inflate' or plump up my my sleeping bag?
Is it down or synthetic fill?
Mar
12
comment How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
+1 - The bowline is great for a lot of things, just not holding a person's life.
Mar
12
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
This isn't a very reliable way to determine direction actually. It's usually, sometimes true, but not always. I suppose if I had absolutely no other way to determine direction, then I would use this method.
Mar
12
comment Is it ever safe to let a hypothermic person sleep?
+1 As you say, a big part of determining the severity of the hypothermia, if it's improving or worsening, is assessing the patient's mental state, which isn't possible if they are sleeping.
Mar
12
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@OlinLathrop - I'm with you that this severe case would take medical treatment beyond what's possible in the backcountry. If a person is this bad that the extremities have no blood flow (the vasoconstriction in the article), then would it not be the case that the body-to-body contact isn't going to be enough heat to actually cause the blood to return to the core anyway?If anything at all, it will just keep them from cooling even more. And maybe it's just semantics, but if the person is still able to swallow liquids without choking, then I would consider them more "moderate" than "severe."
Mar
12
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
Well I think part of the point of the article is that the severely hypothermic person is so vasoconstricted that this probably wouldn't happen just from the skin-to-skin heat transfer, because it's just not enough heat to really warm them up. This is a valid concern though, and I'm not sure about the extremities. Normal treatment methods call for hot water bottles under armpits and at the groin to heat directly near the main blood supply, so it seems that would also cause blood to pump back from the extremities. Anyone else care to weigh in on this?
Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
According to that article from NOLS I referenced, skin-to-skin contact is the only way to get any real chance of heat transferred to the patient. Care should certainly be taken, but you'd want to achieve as much surface area contact as possible. Are you asking about the possibility of toxins harming you or the patient?
Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@ChrisCarr - By the way, welcome to The Great Outdoors SE!
Mar
11
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Oh yeah about the foot powders for odor control...I don't recommend it. It eventually accumulates in the shoes and kind of makes this combined, congealed conglomeration of sweat, dirt, skin cells, and foot powder that feels really nasty.
Mar
11
comment How should I treat hypothermia?
This is the proper link. Sorry, didn't know the link was busted. And @Greg.Ley I'm with you. This old practice needs to go.
Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@OlinLathrop - My training taught not to give any food or liquids to a severely hypothermic person as it can cause other problems, like a blocked airway. But giving food and liquid to a person with mild to moderate hypothermia was recommended to help supply the calories for them to generate heat on their own.
Mar
10
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
What stage of hypothermia? The answer would differ between 1st stage vs severe hypothermia.