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Jul
23
comment Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed
More info on what @AM_Hawk said: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/14775/…
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
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
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
2
comment Makeshift Stretchers
I'd definitely be interested in seeing that if you get a chance!
Jul
1
comment Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
@ppl it goes both ways... definitely better to avoid the immediate risk, but you also need deal with any resulting injuries if you get hit by the tornado, and keep yourself alive with food, water, and shelter until you can get out.
Jun
29
comment Makeshift Stretchers
By the way, do you have a link to the news report you referenced?
Jun
10
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
Why on earth would you put urine in a wound? You probably have drinking water available, you should rinse with that.
May
5
comment How can I contact emergency services in the US via the internet?
@studiohack in most cases the non-emergency number will go to the same dispatcher as 911, but with a lower priority. In the case of national parks, etc. that might be less likely, but you could probably still find a number for dispatch if you look hard enough.
Apr
29
comment Is it safe to use denatured alcohol as an antiseptic?
@BenCrowell it could be disadvantageous, because it can slow the healing process and make an infection actually more likely. You'd be better off using your fuel to boil water, and using that sterilized water to clean the wound.
Sep
11
comment What precautions should I take to protect myself and my camp from bears?
@sixtyfootersdude if you do that, a bear could potentially gnaw on the rope or otherwise dislodge it, causing the food to fall down. Not likely, but possible.
Mar
12
comment How are backpacking conditions at Yosemite in April?
@gerrit if you look at the same page that I linked, you'll see that they also have info about visiting in May.