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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
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
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
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
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.
Apr
21
comment What spider is it? Dangerous or not?
There are way too many species of spider to make it possible to identify one from this kind of description.
Apr
19
comment Should you avoid handling lambs?
"Yo, Jesus, don't pick that lamb up, dude!" "Why not?" "It'll follow you now."
Apr
16
comment If the Dawn Wall's been climbed before why is the current attempt so difficult?
@mattnz: There were specific moves that they attempted and failed dozens of times. Free soloing it would be suicide.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
@nhinkle: there is a difference apparently between regular shower soap and dishwashing soap What is your source of information for this claim?
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
Sorry, but the plural of anecdotes is not data. This study found no statistically significant difference between tecnu and dishwashing soap: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-4362.2000.00003.x/…
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
It seems unlikely to me that Ivory is "the only one that actually cleans and does not leave any residue." I also haven't seen any evidence that leaving a residue is a problem when dealing with poison oak.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
I'm skeptical about tecnu, partly because the tecnu I saw at REI said on the label that it was homeopathic, and homeopathic medicine is pseudoscience. I would like to know if there is any scientific evidence that it works. I know people who say it worked for them, but with anecdotal evidence like that, there's no way of knowing what the outcome would have been if they hadn't used it or had just used ordinary soap.
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
One possible cause of cramps is heat exhaustion, which can progress to heat stroke. Heat exhaustion can occur with or without dehydration. Probably not that likely in your case, since you were in snow, although it is possible to overheat in snow, depending on clothing and sun. If it was heat exhaustion, then you'd want to realize that and not just deal with the cramps, which are only a symptom. Heat exhaustion is basically a condition where your organs, especially the brain, overheat, so a lot of the possible symptoms are neurological, such as decreased responsiveness or loss of balance.
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
Cramps can have many different causes. Dehydration is one of them, but even mild dehydration is preceded by intense thirst, so if you didn't feel thirsty, you weren't dehydrated. It is possible to have an electrolyte imbalance without being dehydrated.
Apr
12
comment What are the pros and cons of custom-made hiking boots?
Hiking boots are available in narrow and wide sizes, e.g., I own a pair of Asolo boots in a wide size. What is it about your foot that's unusual? Is it the width?
Apr
12
comment Continue a hike when legs start cramping
I think dehydration plays a major role here Dehydration is a medical condition with a scientific definition. If you reach the point of dehydration, it will be long after having experienced overpowering thirst.