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Apr
24
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
"Don't do anything to the bite." That's interesting. Why not use a Sawyer extractor on it to get the venom out as quickly as possible?
Apr
22
comment What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?
@RussellSteen - Good point about attracting wildlife, which implies that you shouldn't cook near a waterhole, either, since the main attractor of wildlife (bears) is cooking food. If you want bears in your camp overnight, be sure to cook your evening meal in camp. ;)
Apr
13
comment Is drinking urine safe?
If you have the gear to make a solar still such as this, you can also set it up in the sun to extract moisture from green vegetation.
Apr
8
comment Practicality of Beards
@MaskedPlant We don't, no. Strictly A/C for cooling the home. I've been in hotels in AZ that had evaporative coolers. They're great when you have that option.
Apr
8
comment Practicality of Beards
@MaskedPlant - Near St. Louis, MO, USA. Yes, it typically gets quite humid - 90%+ for long periods during the summer.
Mar
28
comment Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
@RussellSteen. Agreed. If it's two feet in diameter, I'm almost certainly going to step on it rather than around. There's just no hard-and-fast rule. But, I think that the danger seems greater than it actually is. My first aid book claims that about 2/3 of snakebites in the US are on the upper body of males that have been drinking. In other words, snakes generally would like to avoid us or not engage us aggressively unless we get stupid and pick them up without first identifying them.
Mar
27
comment Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
When I do step over a log of any size, I always peer over it first. So, no worries about critters or falling. Anyway, by the time you get there, the snake has heard you coming and left. Does anyone know of an actual case where someone stepped over a log and got bit? I'm sure they happen, but if you "walk heavy" approaching the log, they'll run.
Mar
24
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Mar
24
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Mar
23
revised Why are there ropes on fingerboards?
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Mar
23
comment Why are there ropes on fingerboards?
Ah, cool. Thanks for the pics, too.
Mar
23
asked Why are there ropes on fingerboards?
Mar
22
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
20%? Yikes! Try 10% or lower. And keeping the distribution always at 40/60 is problematic. You want to vary this up and down while you walk according to what part of your body is tiring.
Mar
21
comment How should we split up a 3 person tent?
Well, that's my idea given the circumstance. My real idea is to pull out my soapbox on ultralighting, and ask why you're carrying a tent. ;)
Mar
21
answered How should we split up a 3 person tent?
Mar
20
comment What kinds of things are the “defensive driving” equivalent to handling campfires?
+1 Good answer. I'd also add, keep a container of water right by the fire. If the water is handy, you can put out the fire when it's small. If you have to go get water, that gives the fire time to spread.
Mar
20
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Mar
19
answered What is this knee pain when going downhill?
Mar
19
comment Covering up ears at higher altitudes
...and they'll shatter when they hit the ground. You won't be able to hear it, of course.
Mar
19
comment Does whiskey help keep you warm in winter?
Yeah, it's overstating it to say it's not psychological - it certainly is partly that.