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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...


Jan
20
comment How should I treat hypothermia?
Treatment differs for different stages of hypothermia. Are you asking about 1st stage/mild hypothermia (fine motor shivering, "umbles",...), severe (no shivering, unresponsive,...) or the spectrum in between? Hypothermia is a process and the further it progresses the harder it is to overcome, especially in backcountry scenarios.
Jan
20
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
I'm with @LBell on this one. I can't imagine this is sound medical advice. It would be great to know if there are any studies, documentation,etc to back this up. I've never ever been told by any medical professional to do such as this. I know for a fact WMI doesn't teach this.
Jan
19
comment Can I eat rotten meat and carcass providing enough cooking?
This seems rather unclear as to what is actually taking place. Is the meat being boiled? Is it being washed before it's cooked? Is this a step-by-step description? 2600+ days? Why can this potentially very dangerous answer be trusted other than "I'm still here?"
Jan
19
comment Is my tent pole a lightning rod?
I think you're over-thinking it. If you're tent is the tallest thing around, then picking a better campsite is the bigger issue to ponder. The Mega Mid is nice piece of gear by the way.
Jan
19
comment How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
I used to know a method using only webbing and carabiners because that is what I did, but it's been so long now that I can't remember what I did well enough to depict it as an answer yet. I'll get my gear out one day when it's not freezing and try to work it out.
Jan
19
comment What are some good gluten-free foods for backpacking?
Yes gluten is in everything! It's ridiculous, but it's getting better. These are some great recommendations for sure. And on the freeze-dried subject, it all depends on the meal and the brand. Some are horrendous, and some are so good I would make them at home for a quick meal. That is, if they were gluten-free.
Jan
19
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
The method I learned in my Swiftwater Rescue class was to form a circle with no more than 5 or 6 people. They told us this was more stable than the chain in fast-moving water and indeed it is in my experience.
Jan
19
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
Some type of visual representation would really help explain this. Or a reference. But this is a good tool to know.
Jan
19
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
This is sometimes true, but in my experience it's not a reliable indicator of direction.
Jan
18
comment Can I replace Dish soap?
@RussellSteen - What do you do to clean that microfiber cloth after it gets really nasty? Or does it get nasty?
Jan
18
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
Glad it helps! I work at an outdoor camp and we have a lot of inflatable pads for the backpacking program, and this is the method I usually use. The dunk method is great, but it's sometimes hard to differentiate between bubbles that just happen because they cling to the pad, or bubbles from the actual leak.
Jan
18
comment Can I replace Dish soap?
Have you tried Dr. Bronner's Soap? It's really concentrated and it's totally organic/natural. Great stuff. I use it to wash not only dishes but also myself (LNT style of course.) It comes in several varieties and not too hard to find these days. Sometimes you just need some soap, even after doing all the things mentioned below.
Jan
18
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
Cool deal. I added it.
Jan
17
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
If you don't already practice this (many don't), never use your inflatable pad directly on the ground if you want it to remain leak-free. Use it only inside of a tent or in a hammock. Trust me.
Jan
17
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
A similar solution exists if you have no place to dunk your pad. Fill a squirt bottle or spray bottle with several drops of liquid soap (dish detergent is great), fill the rest with water and spray it on your inflated pad until you can isolate the leak by the bubbles forming. You can usually rule out the top as the location but not always, and you may have to refill your bottle a few times until you find the leak. I've had to use this method before, and while not ideal, it works.
Jan
17
comment How do I treat a blister? How can I prevent getting them in the first place?
I've used these pretty successfully in most conditions. Although in the summer I'm often on trails going through a lot of water, and the Compeed just doesn't hold up quite as long as normal. But they last better than moleskin in the same conditions!
Jan
16
comment Difference between a Fingerboard and a Hangboard
Yeah man! I edited the first reference to include another sentence from that same page that also uses the terms interchangeably.
Jan
15
comment Is it safe to use denatured alcohol as an antiseptic?
I'm wondering if we have differing ideas of Betadine. Pure iodine is far too strong to use, but a 10% povidone-iodine solution (1% actual iodine) is very often used to disinfect and is not nearly as necrotic as alcohol. But my training still taught to only use clean, sterile water to debride deep wounds and use the disinfecting substance on the skin around the wound. Although abrasions are messy and don't have clear edges to the actual breaks in the skin, so it's good to treat the whole area with the iodine to help kill any possible infection after it's already been cleaned properly.
Jan
15
comment How do I mount a hangboard in an apartment?
The "system board" idea is great, but it's not freestanding. It needs to be attached to the surrounding structure (the studs and joists inside the walls of the room.) But if you are going to put holes in the walls anyway, this is a better option if you have the space, the cash, and access to tools to build it.
Jan
14
comment Is it safe to use denatured alcohol as an antiseptic?
Yes I should have been clearer in what I said. Small cuts it probably wouldn't hurt, but you don't want to put iodine in a deep laceration.