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Jun
23
comment Is drinking water containing dirt harmful?
@Liam: This question is more specific and asks a question that is not addressed there, which is whether drinking the dirt itself can be harmful.
Jun
21
comment Are manual double-back buckles on harnesses considered obsolete?
Metolius still sells a harness, the Safe Tech model, that uses old-style buckles. It appears to be a harness that's mainly designed for trad.
Jun
21
answered How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Jun
20
comment Kelty Kids Country Backpack carrier
Welcome to outdoors.SE! However, this question seems overly specific an unlikely to be of use to anyone else. This may also be relevant: meta.outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/505/…
Jun
20
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Jun
10
comment Drinking alcohol as the last choice in survival situation
The question seems to be about something like a flask of whiskey. However, it is not true that all alcoholic drinks are dehydrating. For example, beer consumed in moderation has a hydrating, rather than a dehydrating, effect. See Heinz Valtin, "'Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.' Really? Is there scientific evidence for '8x8'?," Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 283: R993-R1004, 2002. ajpregu.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/283/5/R993
May
19
comment Bolt Conditions at the New River Gorge
Welcome to outdoors.SE! Have you tried, e.g., mountainproject.com/v/the-new-river-gorge/105855991 , for info?
May
16
comment May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
What kind of bears are you talking about? Black bears? Grizzlies? Polar bears? Talking about bringing a gun is absurd unless you have polar bears in mind. Bear spray is not necessary if your area only has black bears.
May
16
comment May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
Bears are not a big danger. You are many orders of magnitude more likely to get killed in a car accident on the way to your hike than to get killed by a bear. The danger of being attacked by a bear is so remote that it is not a valid reason to change anything about your hiking technique. If you're going to modify your hiking technique because of bears, it should be because of danger to the bears, not to you. When bears become habituated to humans or dependent on human food, usually the result is that the bear is killed.
May
15
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May
14
comment What do I do if a black bear is right outside my tent?
Thanks for a sane answer. The human brain seems to be really bad at rationally evaluating risks, especially when it involves something emotionally charged like a wild animal.
May
14
revised How do I make sure my cliff-diving location is safe?
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May
13
accepted How to efficiently fill a bladder with water?
May
12
comment How to efficiently fill a bladder with water?
The one that I struggled with most recently didn't seem to be either of the ones illustrated in your answer. It had a roughly one-inch screw cap.
May
11
comment How to efficiently fill a bladder with water?
This makes sense if you're filtering, but the supposed need for treating or filtering backcountry water is a myth, at least anywhere that I hike, such as in the Sierra: lightandmatter.com/article/hiking_water.html
May
11
asked How to efficiently fill a bladder with water?
May
10
comment Sliding Insoles: does this need to be resolved?
It seems like you know at this point whether or not you got blisters. It's not really a question we can answer for you. Are you wearing these because of a specific problem such as plantar fasciitis? For general comfort? If it's for general comfort, then again, you know and we don't.
May
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May
4
comment Solo-backpacking in mountain lion country
I checked, and I guess the taser photo wasn't something you posted on April 1.
Apr
30
comment Solo-backpacking in mountain lion country
I agree with the spirit of your answer, but I would suggest that you weaken your categorical statement that "Adult humans are outside their prey schema and will be avoided." They do attack and kill humans from time to time: simitrailblazers.com/articles/… . It's just that your chances of being killed by a mountain lion are many orders of magnitude lower than your chances of being attacked and killed by a dog, for example.