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Mar
19
answered Does whiskey help keep you warm in winter?
Mar
18
comment Keeping smoke level in a wigwam low
@RichardAtHome Makes sense. It'll burn hot sooner than the larger stuff.
Mar
17
answered Keeping smoke level in a wigwam low
Mar
12
comment How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
+1 Interesting!
Mar
10
comment What are the key sites to see on a short trip through Oregon?
Oh, you're going the other way, so, "up to Crescent City." ;)
Mar
10
answered What are the key sites to see on a short trip through Oregon?
Mar
10
comment Caveats of dual (propane, liquid) fuel stoves
Plus there's the joy of using something you made yourself.
Mar
10
comment Caveats of dual (propane, liquid) fuel stoves
Have you considered making your own stove? I'm not particularly handy, but I made my own cat stove for <$5. It's lighter than any commercial stove I could afford (about 2.3 ounces) and supremely reliable, since there are no moving parts. It burns alcohol, and fits inside my cookpot. Here's the one I made: royrobinson.homestead.com/Cat_Stove.html. There are fancier ones.
Mar
4
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Cool, thanks. I've been brainstorming such a thing to use when backpacking, not knowing that someone else already had.
Mar
3
comment When do small waterfalls get significant freezing
While you're out looking for pretty frozen stuff, get out before first light sometime. When it's cold and the air is perfectly still, you might see some frost flowers. One time I saw a large area of maybe 50 or so of them. I've seen some that were as much as 6 inches high or more.
Mar
3
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Noise flares? Where are they available?
Mar
3
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
It seems that the first study only looks at people that actually fire at the bear. With a firearm, the very first thing I'd do would be to fire it to the side, given that bears often can be run off by a loud sound.
Feb
26
comment How far is a reasonable distance for someone to hike on their first trip?
+1, Especially on the "Don't carry too much." Carrying a heavy pack doesn't prove anything. Be smart, read up on ultralighting. Traveling light restored the fun of hiking for me.
Feb
26
comment How far is a reasonable distance for someone to hike on their first trip?
Good advice. Don't neglect the exit strategy. If you get out there, wish you had a way out, but don't you'll be more inclined to seek a way off the trail. Better to have exits planned along the way. Knowing they're there takes the pressure off.
Feb
25
comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
@RussellSteen. Ok, gotcha.
Feb
25
comment Washing clothes on long hikes
As for socks, I wear a pair and carry a pair, then swap them about every hour or two, hanging the previous pair on the back of my pack. When I cross a creek, I carry my shoes, leave the socks on during the crossing, then swap after to let the wet pair dry.
Feb
25
comment Washing clothes on long hikes
There's underwear that REI sells designed for hikers to wear for longer periods of time. A friend of mine refers to it as "5-day underwear." Sounds a little gross, but they stay amazingly low-odor for days at a time.
Feb
25
comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
@RussellSteen The reason I ask is that there are comments related to etiquette in them, such as the section in my Penn. guidebook on the Leave No Trace (LNT) principles.
Feb
24
comment Where can I find help identifying an owl by its call?
@Glen Can you share the audio? There are some that are pretty distinctive, and perhaps one of us will recognize it.
Feb
22
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