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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.
Jul
27
comment How much warmth dead leaves add if placed under your tent/pad?
Are you camping in a campground or LNT? I think it may make a difference since in campgrounds you typically would have rock-hard dirt under your pad, and in the woods you'd usually have quite a bit of soft loam under you, which will already provide significant insulation.
Jul
24
comment What range should I expect for a reasonable set of walkie-talkies / two-way radio?
A lot of the radios are combination FRS and GMRS now. GMRS is longer-range, and a license is required. However, it's estimated that there are more people using GMRS without a license than with a license. Personally, I think the GMRS license is silly, since the airwaves are in no way jammed with chatter.
Jul
23
answered What range should I expect for a reasonable set of walkie-talkies / two-way radio?
Jul
23
comment Camping Meal Ideas
Check into NOLS nols.edu/alumni/leader/07summer/recipe_box.shtml amazon.com/books/dp/0811734641
Jul
15
comment Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
@ŁukaszLech - That's a tip I picked up from reading Trail Life by Ray Jardine, a kayaker/climber/backpacker with 100s of thousands of backpacking miles dating back to the '70s. I have experienced this personally when applying his advice to make the switch from conventional backpacking to ultralight backpacking about 4 or 5 years ago. I've found that by wearing a light-weight shoe with good arch support instead of boots on training hikes and on the main hike, I don't have any problem with twisted ankles. Not that it won't happen, just that it's at least as good or better for me than boots.
Jul
15
comment Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
Walking barefoot also helps strengthen the ankles, which helps avoid sprained ankles on the trek.
Jul
6
comment Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather
BTW - you might think about what else is in your pack - sometimes you just need a little extra help, like a poncho thrown over your bag.
Jul
6
comment Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather
High-energy snack - that remind me that some people will have a spoonful of peanut butter before settling for the night to help stay warm.
Jul
6
comment Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather
Hot water bottle - what a great idea - wish I'd thought of this on a couple occasions.
Jul
2
comment Will bug repellent repel deer?
@JLundberg - Turkey won't smell it. They have a very limited sense of smell, if any. It's mammals you have to worry about.
Jun
25
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages between gas, liquid and solid fuel?
"Pretty finicky to use, at least with a DIY setup" - I'd disagree with that. My $2, 2.4 ounce cat stoves work every time, completely trouble-free. The mechanism never fails, because there is none. I followed Roy Robinson's instructions to make my own: coders-log.blogspot.com/2008/10/cat-stove.html
Jun
24
comment Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT
Thanks, good question. +1'd.
Jun
24
comment Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT
What does the acronym DNT stand for?
Jun
21
comment Precautions needed to be taken regarding bee hives (honey) during Climbs
The level of aggressiveness also depends on the season. Towards the end of summer when they're making preparations for winter, they're far more aggressive.