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comment UTM Rulers for Odd Scales?
@ChrisH: It's not really necessary for them to be transparent.
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comment UTM Rulers for Odd Scales?
I simply download USGS topos (they're public domain) and print them out. I print out the kilometer scale as part of the map. The kilometer scale can be torn off and used for the same purpose as a plastic corner ruler. I tried using corner rulers, and they seemed impractical to me. For one thing, they were always getting worn down so that the scales became scratched up and hard to read.
Feb
10
comment What accreditations should a professional rock climbing cams reslinger have?
Why not just have the manufacturer do it?
Feb
8
comment How does drying stuff in your sleeping bag work?
I can't believe this would work, for exactly the reason you've identified. This would be an especially bad idea if you're using a down bag, because down loses its insulating ability when it's wet.
Jan
23
comment Is there any way to dispose of liquid fuel?
@Reid - Thanks, I'll edit my answer.
Jan
22
comment Is there any way to dispose of liquid fuel?
A lot of this answer is written as if the person was trying to dispose of the fuel back at home, but the question states that they need to dispose of it because they can't take it on a plane when they go home (a very common situation). If you were back at home with your fuel, you could just pour it back into the can you bought it in.
Jan
20
comment Restoring water repellency in leather hiking boots
Were they originally more water-repellent than they are now?
Jan
18
comment Unfreezing cached water bottles
My application is mountaineering, so it's not possible to bring a huge pot like the 10-quart kettle in the amazon link. Our source of heat is a stove, not a fire in a fire pit.
Jan
18
comment Unfreezing cached water bottles
Am I visualizing correctly that you have a pot big enough so that a 1-liter nalgene bottle floats in it, on its side? Do you have problems with the plastic lid on the nalgene bottle hitting the side of the pot and melting?
Jan
18
comment Unfreezing cached water bottles
@JamesJenkins: Interesting, thanks -- but imsodin's answer seems to show that this is not a useful technique.
Jan
18
comment Unfreezing cached water bottles
Interesting thoughts, +1. I don't think most of the techniques you're suggesting would have worked in our situation. Most of the equipment you suggest would have been too heavy and would have had too little capacity. However, I think you're right that the freezer bags would have been superior to the bucket.
Jan
17
comment Will drinking lots of water in the day(s) prior to a long trek mean I will need less water on the trek?
I spend the whole day in air-conditioned office, so, naturally and unfortunately I drink less water than I am supposed to. This seems to be based on urban folklore that people need to drink more water than they would drink due to the natural sensation of thirst. Not true. ajpregu.physiology.org/content/283/5/R993.full
Jan
17
comment Will drinking lots of water in the day(s) prior to a long trek mean I will need less water on the trek?
-1 because this propagates multiple myths about water. See lightandmatter.com/article/hiking_water.html , especially the section "Myth: caffeine causes dehydration."
Jan
17
comment Will drinking lots of water in the day(s) prior to a long trek mean I will need less water on the trek?
Sorry, but -1 because of this: The key to optimal hydration is little and often, because too much and your body will expel it, but too little and you become dehydrated. There's no way to avoid this mechanism. This is just propagating urban folklore. Before you get dehydrated, you will experience overpowering thirst.
Jan
17
comment Will drinking lots of water in the day(s) prior to a long trek mean I will need less water on the trek?
@Liam: your recommended intake is 2.7 This is false. 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
Jan
8
comment What are the real dangers of climbing at high altitude?
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/9652/…
Jan
7
comment Is it safe to drink snow?
Are we talking about a backcountry area, or a populated one? Mountaineers routinely melt snow for drinking water.
Jan
5
comment Hypothermia Prevention - Post Ice Water Fall
Get ANYTHING on the head to retain heat. This seems to be based on the urban folktale that people lose a disproportionate amount of heat through their head. Studies have shown that you lose heat through bare skin at basically the same rate (per unit area) all over your body.
Jan
3
comment Winter backpacking pants
What do you mean by "32-10 degree weather?" Is this the same as 10 to 32 degree (Fahrenheit) weather?
Dec
29
comment What is the proper etiquette for back country camps with assigned spaces when people take a different site?
Where is this? First time I've ever heard of reserving a specific camp site in the backcountry.