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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
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
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
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
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
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.