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Oct
26
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
@theUg, that experiment was about the quickest way to cool a 6-pack of beer.
Oct
16
comment What clothing or gear should I wear to prevent ticks?
Permethrin is only toxic to cats and fish, and even then when still wet. Once it's dry, it binds to the material, and doesn't even come off when the clothing is washed. It eventually wears off over some months.
Aug
23
comment Gear for Car-camping with 2 small children
I like the mats idea.
Aug
7
comment Is burying human waste always the lowest-impact solution?
As for toilet paper, use the marine/RV version. It degrades very fast.
Jul
30
comment Survival type activies for Scout camp
I second the orienteering idea. It's a game that teaches valuable compass / navigation skills. @Ahlqvist, you should make that an actual answer.
Jul
25
comment Affordable Festival Tent
Nice detailed answer.
Jul
20
comment How can I make Tyvek less noisy?
Hmmm, this sounds like it might be a good lightweight alternative.
Jun
30
comment Travelling and taking climbing chalk through customs
Which method did you use?
Jun
19
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
Take EVERYTHING you see on Man vs Wild with a grain of salt. Bear doesn't actually do the survival. He stages pieces of it for TV. I have seen bad advice given by him, and he was proved a fraud a few years back, at least for the show. Personally, I like Survivorman, because it's real. No crew, no fakery. Success, or failure, he shows it all.
Apr
25
comment How can I contact emergency services in the US via the internet?
Where it texting emergency services isn't an option, you'll have to use my other suggestion of texting a 3rd party.
Apr
25
comment How can I contact emergency services in the US via the internet?
In some countries, text messages can be used to contact emergency services. In the UK, text messages can be used to call emergency services only after registering with the emergency SMS service. This service is primarily aimed at people who, by reason of disability, are unable to make a voice call. It has recently been promoted as a means for walkers and climbers to call emergency services from areas where a voice call is not possible due to low signal strength. (wiki)
Apr
4
comment Should you pop a blister?
There's 2 reasons why a popped blister is more likely to get infected. Let's say you have a 1/2" blister. If any dirt gets in it, that's 1/2" of raw, unprotected flesh, and whatever made the blister could also get the dirt in, especially if the skin covering the blister tears. With the above method, the only exposure is 1 tiny needle prick.
Mar
16
comment What precautions are needed for caving
Most cavers wear boots. Keep in mind that they may get completely soaked. Caves are hard on boots. Personally, I buy cheap ones ($25), which will last me about 10 trips before falling apart. Some cavers wear trekking shoes. While these have a good tread, they don't have ankle support. But they are easier to take on and off. I've even seen people using those barefoot shoes, claiming the extra flexibility helps then on the uneven surfaces.
Mar
5
comment What precautions are needed for caving
The chin strap keeps the helmet on your head. I can almost guarantee that you will bang your head more than once and you don't want to knock it off. Plus, in a cave,and the crawling you may have to do, you may not be vertical.
Feb
28
comment What precautions are needed for caving
A lot of times we don't have a cell signal at the cave entrance, and never inside a cave. That's why you tell someone else where you're going, and when you'll be back. It's their job to call for rescue. Have fun, and be safe.
Feb
27
comment What precautions are needed for caving
Lastly, try to find a caving club. Don't know about India, but there's a lot of them in the U.S. & UK. In the U.S., the clubs are called grottos.
Feb
27
comment What precautions are needed for caving
And a couple items to add. If you might get wet, wear wool or synthetic clothes. No cotton! Cotton gets cold when wet. Also, very important, tell someone exactly where you are going, what time you expect to be out, and want time they should call for rescue. For instance, if you think you'll be out by 4pm, and you give yourself 2 more hours just in case, then rescue should be called at 6pm.
Feb
27
comment What precautions are needed for caving
As an experienced caver, I can say this is good advice. One thing I want to emphasize is using a head mounted light. This leaves both hands free for climbing and crawling.
Feb
21
comment Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
The question was collapsible or fixed. I could have given a better answer with brands and styles I like, but I believe I did answer the question.
Jan
16
comment What are the best resources for learning about foraging?
Just to add to the above advise. There may be quite a few groups out there that help with this. I belong to one in my area that's on the meetup website. Try googling to find one in your area.