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Apr
16
comment How do you avoid Norovirus on the AT?
I'm just mentioning it as potentential alternate vectors. There are large areas of the Sierra and also major parks in the Canadian rockies, along with portages in the BWCA that have what I consider to be very high densities of traffic. (In all of these you meet people every few minutes) However even the AT is sparse compared to a mall in any city. So why AT and not elsewhere.
Apr
16
comment Snowshoe hare migration patterns through changing seasons
I thought that was clear. They aren't somewhere else, they are dead.
Apr
15
comment Most common infectious diseases acquired in the wilderness?
@BenCrowell Trips I did included the Red Deer River, both the South and North Saskatchewan Rivers, the Athabasca and the Nechako River where they go through widespread agricultural zones. I was more concerned about crop chemical residues than I was about disease. Hiking trips included large regions that have quad access, as well as horse access. Not pristine.
Apr
15
comment Most common infectious diseases acquired in the wilderness?
@CareyGregory I attribute it to poor dishwashing because the 'grubs' in the group -- the ones who didn't bother to clean their cup and spoon, seemed to be more likely to get sick; while staff usually set an example of keeping a clean cup, and not borrowing/loaning cups only rarely got sick.
Apr
6
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
The taste was not great. The fat tended to go rancid.
Feb
20
comment Does a pound on your foot equal 5 pounds on your back?
With training, I would go hiking in water boots. Essentially a neoprene sock with a rubber sole. Got started on this canoeing. At 50 I was still running circles around the 14-17 year old boys on our 1 week trip.
Feb
20
comment Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?
I have read elsewhere about barking a squirrel. Even with a 22.
Feb
20
comment How safe is it to hike alone?
You have cell phone coverage on areas rural enough to hike? Wow!
Feb
20
comment Any reason to carry a mug outside of the backpack?
Did this for years in the canadian rockies with youth trips. plastic mug had a string on it with a spoon on the other end. Water, cocoa, soup, supper everything used that mug. Kids would attach it to their belt, or run it through a strap on their pack. Everyone had a water bottle too, but generally those were left empty until we started over a pass.
Feb
14
comment Need help Identifying the proper globe for an unknown propane lantern
Try googling propane lantern on google images. See if you can find a matching lantern in terms of style of construction. That may give you a maker.
Feb
14
comment Need help Identifying the proper globe for an unknown propane lantern
Do you know that it is NOT a coleman?
Feb
14
comment Need help Identifying the proper globe for an unknown propane lantern
Sorry, senior moment. I conflated globe and mantle in my head. Should I remove my answer?
Feb
9
comment Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?
Out of curiosity: What are the penalties? And what is the chance of being caught? E.g. Here (Canada) trespass has a max fine of $150, and is a misdemeanor. I've yet to hear of anyone fined. Usually the consequence is the land manager grumping at you. (There is separate crime of 'criminal trespass' where you are intent on doing something. E.g. break into a chicken house and release all the birds. Proving intent is hard)
Jan
6
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
Interesting. Didn't occur to me to even consider hiking where I don't have daily access to water. In my usual haunts (Willmore Wilderness, Rocky Clearwater Recreation Area) we usually are crossing a stream every hour or so. On Coral creek, going up toward Job Pass, we cross the creek 22 times in the space of 3 miles. I've always been able to get away with just using an old 1 liter pop bottle.
Nov
25
comment Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
In addition the air inside a tent is still, so the warm air next to your skin is undisturbed. Going outside gives the air next to your skin movement, and since it is already humid, it's likely damp, so you feel the abrupt chill of evaporation.
Nov
25
comment Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
The interior of a tent is usually much more humid than outside. Since your body tries to maintain roughly 30% RH at the surface of the skin, in cold dry air, there is signficant water evaporation from your skin. Stopping this evaporation will make the tent feel much warmer.
Nov
25
comment Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
Suppose that a tent has 2 square feet of wall/roof for each square foot of floor. (It's a bit above this, but close enough.) A 3x8 foot tent would then have 24 square feet of floor, and 48 square feet of wall and ceiling. Much of the floor either has some form of thermal pad, spare clothing, or a small airspace under it, so ignore heat loss from air to floor. 1 W = 3.4 btu/hr. So a 50 watt person would keep the inside roughly 3.4 F warmer. Detectable, but not huge.
Feb
27
comment How would I find a hot spring?
Given the weather, have you checked if existing springs give themselves away with plumes?
Dec
4
comment What should one do when get a cramp while swimming?
Google "drown proofing"
Dec
3
comment How to rate a walk/hike by length, height gain, etc using analysis of GPS data?
Much depends on the smoothing algolrithms, however on canoe trips the altitude registers usually within 5-10 meters of the marked elevation of the lake. However, I tend to use just the contour lines on the map route. Count the ones crossed or touched.