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I live in LA and enjoy day hikes, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering.


Jul
19
answered Legality of parking and setting up camp on side of mountain roads in California near Los Angeles
Jul
18
comment What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?
Martines: I'm not disagreeing with you about what to do, just about the probability of success. I really don't consider mountain lion attacks to be enough of a risk to be worth worrying about.
Jul
18
comment What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?
Re mountain lions, your advice may very well be the best option, but based on anecdotal evidence I'm not as confident that it will work. Anecdote #1: I've talked to a guy who was very persistently stalked by a mountain lion, even though he did all the things you suggest. He escaped to the trailhead while keeping it from rushing him. Anecdote #2: A friend of a friend was killed by a mountain lion while she was riding her mountain bike. There's no way to know exactly what happened, but clearly she was not able to fight it off. I suspect she was attacked from behind and never knew what hit her.
Jul
18
comment What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?
+1. The only thing I would quibble with about this answer is the description of black bears as mild, docile, and wanting to avoid humans. This is true for bears that have not been habituated to humans, but not at all true for those that have. In an area (Little Yosemite) with lots of human-habituated bears, I have had a bear stroll into my campsite, take the food that we were in the middle of eating, and very authoritatively let us know that we should keep our distance until it was done licking up the last cracker crumb.
Jul
18
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
The things that I see missing from the answers so far are: duct tape for wrapping toes; safety pin for removing thorns and splinters; band-aids for minor cuts. I also bring diamox when I'm going to high elevations, and may bring an antidiarrheal as well. Tincture of benzoin is supposed to be useful for sticking bandages to wounds, but I haven't found an affordable source.
Jul
18
comment An adjustable length knot for 2 lines and a carabiner for easy suspension
You can even tie it directly on the branch/beam/bar without worrying about adding a carabiner. This is a dangerous habit to get into. A clove hitch will fail when the diameter of the post is too large compared to the diameter of the rope. To see this in action, try tying a clove hitch around a pencil using sewing thread; it will fail.
Jul
18
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
18
comment Would 4mil polyethylene plastic make a good tarp tent? Clear Plastic Tarp?
You're going to need grommets or loops to tie to. When you put it up, you have to put tension on it, and I'd worry that it would tear at that point. It also has to be able to stand a heavy wind without tearing.
Jul
17
answered Satellite phone payment plans for irregular use
Jul
17
comment Knot to turn cord into loop (load bearing)
The flat overhand is also known as an offset overhand or EDK (Euro death knot). I was going to suggest the same knot. I've been told to leave long tails, and to tighten each strand against each of the other strands on the opposite side.
Jul
17
answered What sleeping gear should I use in a lean-to?
Jul
16
comment How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
I wrap it around a q-tip.
Jul
16
answered Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
Jul
16
answered What rope to chose to hold my body weight from a monkey fist knot
Jul
16
comment What sleeping gear should I use in a lean-to?
Look up the expected temperature for October in Quebec, and compare with the temperature rating of your sleeping bag.
Jul
15
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Jul
15
comment What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?
I just don't think it's realistic to be worried about an aggressive, persistent attack by a black bear or a coyote. I haven't ever heard of a single case of such an attack on an adult human. What people need to focus on is food storage. What these animals want is your food.
Jul
14
revised Does drinking tea cause problems at altitude?
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Jul
14
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
What are the devices that people use that chew through so many batteries that this becomes an issue? I can't carry more than about a week's worth of food without resupply, and the only gadgets I use (headlamp and GPS) are so energy-efficient that I go through zero batteries in that amount of time.