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Apr
25
comment What are the best shoes to cross rivers?
Specific shopping recommendations are explicitly off-topic. Perhaps you could reword this question to rather ask what types of shoes are best suited to crossing rivers, instead of soliciting specific products?
Apr
21
comment The bow's length and its influence
Could you maybe expand the title a bit to more clearly indicate the subject of the question, and also give it correct capitalization?
Apr
21
comment How to keep your beer cold up to 12 hours?
@RussellSteen I'm aware of the chemical nuances, I was merely pointing out that a process exists for transporting alcohol in a non-liquid form.
Apr
21
comment How to keep your beer cold up to 12 hours?
@RussellSteen there actually does exist powdered alcohol, but it's not commercially available as far as I know.
Apr
20
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
@Eoin I've added a note regarfing that.
Apr
20
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
@Tullochgorum I've added a note. I'm a certified wilderness first responder, and have also taken numerous first aid classes which touched on the subject of allergic reactions. It's pretty common knowledge, but as always I would strongly advise taking an appropriate wilderness medicine class in person rather than relying on posts written by strangers on the internet - no matter how credible they might be.
Apr
13
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
@requiem I've added a bit about that
Apr
6
comment How bright a flashlight would I realistically need for searching through terrain?
Scuba lights may not be a good choice because they're designed to be used underwater and thus be water cooled... so the light may overheat if used at max output with only air cooling.
Apr
4
comment Are crows more interested in identifying individual humans than vice versa, and if so, why?
Can you substantiate your claim that crows can tell humans apart, let alone that all crows spend any noteworthy amount of time watching people?
Mar
24
comment Are there any affordable night vision goggles that are good and available to civilians?
@flawr the OP's question is technically off-topic for Stack Exchange sites anyhow - buying/shopping questions aren't allowed. This answer does a good job at addressing the underlying real question without going down the off-topic rabbit hole of specific product recommendations.
Mar
5
comment Why are people so worried about Giardia?
What changed since the 1900s? A lot more people in backcountry areas pooping all over the place, and a lot more human development and associated pollution in general. The other answers seem to point out with good sources that giardia may not be as big a concern as it's made out to be, there are plenty of other contaminants prevalent in surface water sources which make it wise to treat your water. Given the choice between carrying basic water treatment equipment or spending a lot of time squatting over a cathole, and having done both, I'll take the former every time.
Feb
26
comment Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?
Not to mention that as you burn fuel your load lightens... no such gains with a battery, which makes caching impossible, whereas picking up a fuel cache is perfectly doable for a long trip.
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?