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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
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
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
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
@BenCrowell - See my edit. I think I've provided enough evidence to show that TP will not "blot the landscape for decades." I'm not sure who told you that, but they sold you a bill-of-goods.
Sep
8
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
If what you say is true, then wouldn't the local water sources already be contaminated as a result of all the feces that the indigenous species leave on top of the ground? Still, please bury it.
Sep
7
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
If it's properly buried, it should stay buried. I suspect they're cleaning up TP that wasn't properly buried.
Sep
7
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
Varying views on burying TP: donsnotes.com/recreation/toilet-paper.html
Sep
7
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
Why wouldn't it stay buried? Do you have personal experience where buried TP became unburied? Anyway, I'm going to find out - I used a spot on private land on Aug. 11. I'll take a shovel to it tomorrow, check its state, and report back. I've read in many places that burying it is the thing to do. And biodegradable TP is, well, biodegradable. It should rot. I didn't use biodegradable in this case, but it should be a good test.
Sep
7
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
Are you sure? I do bury it - it will get soaked and rot. Besides, it's buried and no one will see it, rotted or not.
Sep
7
comment How safe is it to hike alone?
Good question. It probably depends on the location. If you're two miles from the nearest road, you're probably safer than at a road crossing. I don't have the numbers to back that up, but that's what my gut tells me.
Sep
4
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
My thought exactly. I can smell them, so a bear surely can.
Aug
26
comment How to estimate the depth of a pool of water from a distance above?
I don't think so, no.