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Sep
25
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Agreed. It's just common courtesy.
Sep
20
comment Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?
@Steed. Okay. Well, my gear for extended trips is about 5.5kg, so that'd be a lot of food to get to 20. Four days' worth would bring me up to about 10.5kg. Many of the long-haul hikers that are doing 3-4 month trips carry about the same weight or less, and re-supply every 4-6 days. Still, if you have to carry food for two weeks, I can see that you could easily get into to 20kg range.
Sep
17
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
@Vorac When backpacking, I wouldn't have either, because of weight.
Sep
16
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Years ago I saw a "wild" coyote that people had fed around the Grand Canyon area. I'm sure they eventually had to kill it because people had fed it.
Sep
16
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
So, I only call when I'm near a vehicle and can get in if they approach. :) And yes, they're wild animals, definitely don't try to approach them. People do, to, so it's worth saying.
Sep
16
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
I've never had a problem with them, either. It's fun calling to evoke a response. Nevertheless, looking to see if anyone's experience a threat from them.
Sep
16
revised How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
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Sep
16
asked How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Sep
14
comment Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?
Where'd you get the 20-30kg figure?
Sep
13
comment How can I boost morale on long backpacking trips?
Oh, also, singing on the trail. When I'm solo hiking I sing. It lifts morale and scares the bears and pigs. Actually, my singing scares most any living thing. :)
Sep
13
comment Is caffeine helpful or hurtful when backpacking?
Caffeine is dehydrating, but it seems like a small amount isn't going to be much of a problem. Some of the long-distance hikers drink coffee, and still perform well.
Sep
13
comment How can I boost morale on long backpacking trips?
Nothing like having company. How about swapping stories before hitting the sack?
Sep
13
comment What foods should I avoid when backpacking?
I avoid dehydrating foods, like power bars. I focus on carbs from whole grain products like wheat pasta, protein from meat (tuna packets and the like) and fats (cheese, for example). These supply you with short-, medium-, and long-term energy.
Sep
13
comment Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?
You have to take into account distance between water sources and weather, among other things. I carry four one-liter bottles, and fill what I'll need plus an extra for a safety margin.
Sep
13
comment Is playing musical instruments like Harp/Harmonica, Flute unsafe during backpacking trips?
I would think that anything like an instrument is going to sound out-of-place to animals, perhaps even distinctly human, and they'll avoid the area, unless some stronger motivation draws them in, like cooking food.
Sep
12
comment How can I signal for help in the wilderness?
And if you have a gun with you, firing three shots is a standard signal, and the sound can travel miles in the right conditions.
Sep
12
comment How can I keep my backpack from resting directly against my back?
Good question - I've had the same experience with my Vapor Trail. It's got a slot for a Camelback bladder, so I think I'll try slipping a frozen bladder in there to see if that makes any difference.
Sep
11
asked How to deal with a rifle scope where the relief is too short?
Sep
8
comment Refillable camping stoves for use in the UK
I have use the liquid gas, propane, and alcohol stoves. They're all good, functional alternatives. The only thing I don't like about the propane is that it's hard to tell how much full you have left. But, you can usually keep an extra bottle on hand.
Sep
8
revised Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
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