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comment Survival type activies for Scout camp
With regards to the first aid bit, I'd go so far as to say that one of the most important things is to explicitly teach them not to attempt procedures they aren't trained for. You can often do more harm than good, especially when it comes to major fractures or deep wounds. Essentially nobody should be sewing anything in a first aid situation, for example. Not just "doesn't necessarily [need to] be able to", but "absolutely should not".
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comment Survival type activies for Scout camp
Please go over "leave no trace" principles in some manner before anything else. It might be an unfair generalization, but in my experience, scout troups are some of the worst when it comes to leaving trash, loudly disturbing neighbors in the campground, destroying vegetation, etc. If you teach your group to respect the wilderness early on and instill good practices now, it'll mean less work for you to clean up after them later, and others nearby will be more welcoming.
Jul
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comment Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed
More info on what @AM_Hawk said: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/14775/…
Jul
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awarded  Talkative
Jul
21
comment Comparing 2-person, three-season backpacking tents
@ppl right, and the key quote is "The key to a shopping question is that it asks others 'please make a subjective decision for me and explain it' or 'please list all my possibilities with their strengths and weaknesses'." I think this question at present asks the former (make a subjective decision for me). The question could be improved by editing it to say how he narrowed it down to these tents, how they're different, and what specific differences he's unsure of the implications of. "Anyone have thoughts on these" isn't an objectively answerable question.
Jul
21
comment Comparing 2-person, three-season backpacking tents
@Liam I think it still fits the premise of being a "shopping question". It's very specific to those 3 tents, and the question basically boils down to "so whadya think". It could just as well have been closed as "primarily opinion based".
Jul
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awarded  Enlightened
Jul
18
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
Thanks @RussellSteen. I'll make sure I know how to use equipment before I "does anyone" ;)
Jul
18
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
I would also be extremely hesitant to recommend a suture kit. An untrained individual shouldn't be suturing anything anywhere, let alone in an infection-prone wilderness environment. You're likely to do more harm than good, if you introduce a bunch of contamination into the wound and then sort of seal all that contamination in.
Jul
18
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
The other issue with Epi Pens is they're prescription-only, at least in my area. I know people who work in outdoor recreation who've been able to get standing orders from their organization's doctor-on-call or what have you to essentially allow them to use Epi without a prescription, but for individuals, it's another restriction to be aware of. Not that you shouldn't use it if you need to, of course!
Jul
18
comment What should a rescue team be equipped with?
Do you have a particular source for this information? I don't disagree with it, but is this something you came up with off the top of your head or is it based on another list somewhere?
Jul
18
comment Would 4mil polyethylene plastic make a good tarp tent? Clear Plastic Tarp?
I use 2 or 4 mil plastic (depending on the tent and where I'm taking it) from Home Depot as a groundcloth for my tent. I don't think it would quite be strong enough to use as your only protection as a tarp. The plastic itself might be, but the issue would be finding a way to tie it off.
Jul
17
comment How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
I was going to post exactly this. A golf pencil is just the right size to wrap duct-tape around, then you have a pencil if you need to take any notes. A sharpie works too.
Jul
14
comment What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?
Typical advice for mountain lines is to shout, wave your arms, make yourself appear larger, and throw rocks. They can be a risk, but mountain lion attacks are relatively uncommon.
Jul
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
11
answered Is it safe to be in a vehicle during lightning/thunderstorms?
Jul
11
comment Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?
I'm kind of confused... you say headlamps aren't bright enough, but then say you don't like when they're too bright. I was just pointing out that "a typical brightness of LED headlight" isn't really a useful comparison point because headlamps are available in all different brightnesses, beam shapes, and yes, colors.
Jul
10
comment Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?
There are headlamps out there with very high outputs... it sounds like you might've just been using a crappy headlamp, which isn't really a valid comparison.
Jul
3
revised Makeshift Stretchers
Rewording to clarify
Jul
3
suggested suggested edit on Makeshift Stretchers