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comment Have you had experience with Ali Express camping gear
To make this question more answerable, you might consider rewording to something along the lines of how to tell if discount/cheap/off-brand gear is legitimate. I think there are probably some general principals that could be applied to a number of potentially questionable sources of outdoor gear.
Feb
8
comment What qualifies as a bear bag?
Note that in many of the western US, bear canisters are legally required in backcountry areas. Bear bags (a-la UrSack) are not legally adequate in most of those areas, and hanging food is typically not allowed either.
Jan
26
comment Kayaking/canoeing in Korea
@JamesJenkins sending it to meta would definitely be incorrect. If you think it belongs on another site, flag it for moderator attention.
Jan
22
comment How do I self arrest without an ice axe?
I have heard it suggested that elbows are more effective than hands at self arresting without an ax. Jabbing your elbows into the snow gives you a bit more leverage than trying to grip with your little fingers.
Jan
13
comment Is a mountaineering tent necessary for backpacking Iceland?
This question reads half-way between a shopping request (which is considered off-topic) and a request for gear selection advice, which is fine. Could you edit the question to focus on what style/features/aspects of a tent would work well for a particular environment (e.g. sand and rain), rather than asking for a specific product for your specific trip? It helps future visitors find the question and benefit from more globally relevant answers. See this Stack Exchange blog post for more on the shopping request philosophy.
Jan
11
comment Does drinking alcohol cause problems at altitude?
An additional concern with drinking at altitude is that the symptoms of AMS are very similar to the symptoms of alcohol consumption. Headache, thirsty, loss of coordination, etc.
Dec
18
comment Descending a dry grass slope with serious inclination and exposure
This is a good question. Pretty much everything I've ever read about self arrest is predicated on snow/ice travel. Are you also interested in answers regarding setting up fall protection on such a slope, or primarily interested in answers about self arrest after a fall has occurred?
Dec
8
comment Protection from rain - running vs. walking
On the other hand, when I run I tend to kick up a lot more mud, brush up against vegetation, etc. and therefore get more wet. Also, if you're running on a rough trail with a backpack and boots, you're more likely to fall and thereby get even more wet! But really, what @gerrit said... bring a rain coat.
Dec
7
comment How do climbers retrieve anchored rope?
No material... except for the bolts! It's pretty much always possible to build an anchor which leaves "no material" behind when there are bolts available. This is certainly an interesting approach I hadn't seen before. Do you have any concerns with a guided client accidentally yanking on the wrong rope, releasing the knot prematurely?
Dec
6
comment What are the most frequent crimes perpetrated by people against people in the Great Outdoors?
FWIW, I think that feeling of possession over the land is likely a regional thing. I know that around here, there are many areas which are not "parks" per se where the people who volunteer to improve the trails are thrilled to have more people there. With private land you're less likely to be welcome (and rightfully so), but we have a lot of federally-owned land which is largely maintained by volunteers, and I've never seen anybody get mad about people using the trails.
Dec
6
comment How to create a cast or splint to aid a broken bone?
@imsodin thanks for pointing that out, I've clarified what I meant with that. The way I make a forearm splint would indeed go up to the palm, but I typically stop below the elbow and use the sling to immobilize the elbow.
Dec
5
comment What large mammals have become extinct or rare in the Colorado Rockies and Sierra in the past 100 years?
I feel like a question which essentially boils down to "what animals have you happened to see in these seemingly randomly selected regions" is not a good fit for the Stack Exchange format. If you're interested in learning about what wildlife is typical in certain areas, there are wildlife guidebooks for any of the places mentioned above, which will be far more comprehensive than any list we could hope to cobble together from random anecdotes.
Dec
5
comment What are the most frequent crimes perpetrated by people against people in the Great Outdoors?
I think crime is probably pretty rare in the outdoors relative to urban environments. I expect most human-related hazards are more related to poor preparation for the outdoors and dangerous risk-taking behavior than they are to criminal activity.
Oct
29
comment Proper food storage against black bears on a LONG (e.g., 14 days) trip, partly in black bear country? (enough bear canisters not practical)
There are plenty of places in the eastern sierras where you can hike for 14 days without an easy resupply if you aren't through-hiking. The number of possible routes is endless. I've done several 12-14 day trips in the Inyo area where we had to either have somebody hike in with a resupply and meet us on a pass, or add a full extra day to hike out to a trailhead and back in.
Oct
16
comment Proper food storage against black bears on a LONG (e.g., 14 days) trip, partly in black bear country? (enough bear canisters not practical)
Ursacks aren't legally adequate in the sierras, at least as of when I was last there. However, from a purely practical standpoint hanging an ursack in a tree is a good way to minimize risk for carrying extra food. I would certainly want a bear can to keep as much of my food in as possible of course. But as you said, a resupply is the best method if there's any way to work that into a trip. Reduces the weight you need to carry which is nice too.
Sep
17
comment Are any natural insect repellents effective against fleas?
Seems redundant. Why not post a single question, "what types of insect repellent are effective against flees"?
Sep
17
comment Are any natural insect repellents effective against fleas?
Why did you post your question twice?
Sep
17
comment Are any natural insect repellents effective against fleas?
possible duplicate of Are DEET-based insect repellents effective against fleas?
Sep
14
comment Wax paper as a fire starter
Welcome to the site! This is a good start, but your answer could be even better. Would you consider giving it an edit to include some more details, like how long it burned, what conditions you did the test in, or the approximate dimensions of the ball you created?
Aug
29
comment Transporting Large Amounts of Fish
A cooler also provides insulation, which the wheel well of your car will not.