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Apr
15
comment Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
On boggy ground they are useful for poking the ground to see how far the pole sinks in.
Mar
26
comment Will the benefit of an axe outweigh the drawbacks and win over a large knife?
It is also possible to use the adze of an ice axe if you are winter walking. I've seen this but it is hard work.
Mar
26
comment Will the benefit of an axe outweigh the drawbacks and win over a large knife?
I saw someone using an axe to split short logs by swinging the axe with a log on the end against the ground. When it hit the ground the log span in the air and cracked his head.
Feb
24
comment What's the maximum temperature difference wind-chill can account for?
There is no answer to your question. See this nws.noaa.gov/os/windchill, get the PDF brochure. The Wiki page is a bit technical wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_chill
Feb
22
comment Good quality walking maps for Spain
Online maps: Catalunya icc.cat/eng/Home-ICC/Inici/Home, select "Access the Viewer" Spain ign.es/ign/main/index.do select "Query and View Maps."
Feb
20
comment Official Protocols to be followed in England for trekking/hiking
Where will you be staying at night, B&B, camping etc.
Feb
20
comment Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
@Ben Crowell Above you say "there is no clear benefit at all", but in link say "reduces strain on joints", this could be a benefit.
Feb
20
comment What is the longest time you can go, eating only freeze-dried food?
Two weeks was for dehydrated food. This is not as good as freeze drying, it spoiled the vitamins and the shelf life was not as long.
Feb
20
comment What is the longest time you can go, eating only freeze-dried food?
They are adding Manua honey, raisins and gogi berries to stop rickets and cheese for vitamins and calcium and special oil high in Omega 3, not cooked, eaten with a warm meal
Feb
20
comment Use of gore-tex for a DIY Double-layer hammock
Why would you want the underside of a hammock to be breathable? Do you go inside like a bivvy bag?
Feb
20
comment How to take care of steel crampons?
Also storage between seasons: like most stuff when stored avoid dampness, keep cool and dry.
Feb
20
comment Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
If you are flying then some airlines require them to be able to pack in your luggage, or else you have to pay an expensive surcharge. So it may be best to get collapsable ones.
Feb
20
comment Trekking poles: Collapsed or fixed?
@Ben Crowell, In the link you say they reduce soreness and knee strain, this is more important for some people than the number of calories exerted.
Feb
18
comment How to minimise erosion damage to footpaths when walking?
Agree, stick to the paths. This means not walking around a puddle onto good ground. If there is an area of damage do not walk around it as this will just spread out the damage.
Mar
12
comment Rapid backpack readying
I have stuff in transparent boxes of size/type of stuff. The things that slow me down are getting batteries, fixing 1st aid kit, camping food. Choosing maps.
Mar
8
comment Booking Alpine huts
One change since the 90's is mobile phones. You can modify plans and check huts ahead as you go along.
Mar
8
comment What do you do if the fire does get “out of control”?
Planning to avoid this is the best advice.