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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...


Apr
22
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Couldn't fit all this in one comment: The reason I say all that is I don't believe that just because trekking poles cause more calories to be burned that it makes my question unanswerable. Many, many people use poles and surely there are some things that each do well and the other doesn't, or maybe not. It would be good to find out either way.
Apr
22
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
What I glean from both Ben and DavidR's answers in the post to which he linked is that poles are useful in the context of lessening load/impact/wear & tear on the lower extremities by engaging the upper body as well. Which makes sense and seems obvious. That they cause a higher calorie burn is also not surprising since more of the body is being engaged in activity. But it seems usefulness of some kind is established regardless.
Apr
22
comment Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
@BenCrowell - According to this, cook group=1, how would you go about organizing a group's needs though? Should each person bring their own stove, fuel, and pots...? I understand your point, but not sure about the practicality and logistics when taking a group out, many of whom have never been backpacking before. And good hygiene on the trail is something I heavily emphasize (enforce) to groups for the very reason you mention.
Apr
21
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Personal experience is good. Any disadvantages you've found?
Apr
21
comment How do I treat a blister? How can I prevent getting them in the first place?
I realize this is an old question, but I think it would better serve as two separate questions. Anyone?
Apr
21
comment How to cheaply introduce someone to backpacking
This is a gear-focused question, so I didn't want to make this an "answer", but focus on taking them to a location that will amaze and awe them in some way. That's what got me. On my first trip the borrowed gear I had was awful (so was the weather the last day), but the experience was memorable and it made a lasting impression because of where it was. The trip was miserable, but I loved it. Maybe I'm just odd. And yes I know this is a old question, but I just can't help myself.
Apr
21
comment Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
Thought of answering this myself but wanted to get some input from you guys. I feel like self-answers can sometimes discourage other answers. And feel free to make suggestions or improvements to the question.
Apr
21
comment Where to buy ethanol in Canada?
Canada is a large country, and store inventories can vary greatly. I suggest a reworking of your question to help get some answers. And by the way, Everclear is 100% ethanol, which can be purchased at liquor stores. Denatured alcohol is ethanol with some additives so that it can't be ingested, and can be purchased at most hardware and home improvement stores.
Apr
19
comment Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
There's some good advice below, but if I was in your shoes (ha ha) I would sell these boots on eBay (or equivalent) before I invested any more time, money, and pain into them and just use that money toward a properly fitting pair of boots. So...I guess that is giving up. Sorry.
Apr
15
comment What are traditional Sami trail markings?
Just throwing this out there, but could they have used or still use rock cairns as trail markers?
Apr
15
comment How do I remove mildew from a tent?
@CharlieBrown - It was a bit of a rhetorical question but I'm glad you agree!
Apr
15
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
@BenCrowell - That may be, but I know that on my last trip where I borrowed some poles I found them almost indispensable for my knees compared to the previous trip without. So I know there is at least something to them. That's the only reason I'm now interested in them after years of thinking they were just another "accessory."
Apr
14
comment Is it safe to use denatured alcohol as an antiseptic?
@BenCrowell - That's an understandable question, but would you put gasoline in your wound? I certainly wouldn't. The denatured alcohol is tantamount to that. I just can't see any potential benefit outweighing the risk of pouring hazardous chemicals into an open wound.
Mar
28
comment What material is the wick under the burner on a multi-fuel stove?
@AndrewWelch - Also check out this site: firesleeveandtape.com
Mar
28
comment What material is the wick under the burner on a multi-fuel stove?
Fiberglass is just glass fibers and glass is made of silica so...yeah.
Mar
27
comment What material is the wick under the burner on a multi-fuel stove?
Please feel free to add in sources for fiberglass insulation/wick other than the ones I listed. This stuff is used everywhere so I wasn't about to attempt to include them all.
Mar
27
comment What material is the wick under the burner on a multi-fuel stove?
@Liam You sure about that cotton? Yes polyester melts (and then eventually burns too), but cotton burns for sure.
Mar
14
comment unbreathable single wall tent with gutters
I think I get what you're asking, but it takes some deciphering, and I'm not sure if I'm right about it. So it I think it would be good to work on your question. It's just somewhat confusing. And look up sil-nylon (or cuben fiber) tarp tents.
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
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.