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Aug
25
comment How to estimate the depth of a pool of water from a distance above?
What's your backup plan if you're partway down and realized you misjudged the depth?
Aug
25
accepted Can you tell if a plant is edible by watching what animals eat it?
Aug
24
asked Can you tell if a plant is edible by watching what animals eat it?
Aug
22
comment outdoor reading - are there any outdoorsy comics?
Well, there's Mark Trail. Not sure it comes in book form, and he's got no special powers.
Aug
21
comment Sunblock for clothing-optional camping
I'd avoid capsaicin, but that's just me.
Aug
21
comment Which is more durable: Hard shell or soft shell?
First thing I thought of was tacos. Guess I'll go have some dinner and revisit this question later. :)
Aug
18
comment How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes
You're just wearing the wrong thing on your feet. Fix that, and your blister problems should get a lot better. They may not go away entirely, but the right footwear should take care of this.
Aug
17
answered Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
Aug
16
comment Are water purification tablets safe?
In that case, I think I would to make sure viruses are killed, and because the speed of medical response is probably lower.
Aug
16
comment Are water purification tablets safe?
Oh, the iodine tablets I use have some kind of citrus flavor to cut the flavor of the iodine, and the purified water tastes fine. It looks rusty, and I wouldn't drink it very day, but it's fine as a backup.
Aug
16
answered Are water purification tablets safe?
Aug
13
comment Chasing with mosquitoes
@crasic Hundreds of meters? Can you back that up?
Aug
8
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
@whatsisname The reason they don't tell the whole story is that they don't account for individual variation in capability. Also, you obviously don't have to place the first shot accurately if you address the situation using the approach I described.
Aug
8
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
@KateGregory - I've heard that black bears mostly won't mess with you if they know you're there. Grizzlies will kill you and eat you if they're hungry. With polar bears, you're the first food they've seen in weeks. 8)
Aug
8
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Statistics don't tell the whole story. I'd still rather have a powerful firearm. A spray is one shot and you're done. If it doesn't work, the bear will kill you. With a firearm, while the bear is still at a distance, a warning shot into the ground or over its head should scare most of them off before they get close, which is what I'd prefer. If it still gets close, I still have a second chance to kill or wound it.
Aug
6
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
Does it really need to be the safest way? Make it "safe enough," striking a balance between the risk of getting sick and purifying it to ridiculousness. Don't get carried away by thinking it has to be perfectly pure. It never will be, and that's okay, except for people with unusual medical conditions.
Aug
6
comment How to deal with hail outdoors without special equipment?
You won't have time to improvise anything, usually. I'd just get under anything I could - trees, outcropping whatever. Lacking that, if you have a pack on and the hail is large enough to cause injury, I'd get under the pack and sacrifice it to avoid the injury.
Aug
6
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
30
comment Improvising Heavy Rain Protection for a Backpack
If I'm on the move, my poncho covers the back just fine. When it's time to stop, my tarp is near the top of the pack, so I pull it out, set it up, and get under.
Jul
27
comment How much warmth dead leaves add if placed under your tent/pad?
I think it might be different depending on what's underneath, but haven't tried it. The reason I say this is that it seems like it might compress more on a packed surface than on a surface like loam, which has some give. Maybe not, though.