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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
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.
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.