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revised What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
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comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
Nice pictures. Bowlines are extremely useful. I would skip the fisherman's bend, as 2 bowlines will work as a bend without having to learn a new knot. Slipping a knot is a useful skill, but the slipknot picture shows something I would never advise a sailor to do. I'd skip the noose.
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comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
-1: The square knot is unsafe for use as a bend (to make two ropes act like a longer one), especially if the rope sizes are different. It can easily capsize in to a cow hitch, and come loose. It can easily jam when you want to untie it.
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comment What are the most effective ways to start a fire in the cold?
Better, but I think you could make it even narrower, like "what tinder" or "how can I find dry kindling when it's raining".
Jan
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comment How can I acclimatize to cold?
@Roflcoptr: I'm assuming it's just a matter of degree ha ha. The same techniques, just applied more. Let's see if the answers say otherwise.
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answered How can I be absolutely sure my fire is safely extinguished?
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comment How can I be absolutely sure my fire is safely extinguished?
+1 for such an important issue.
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comment What are the most effective ways to start a fire in the cold?
"How to make fire in the wilderness" is a topic broad enough for many books. Can you narrow it down? Like "What equipment smaller than X should I bring to start a fire in this situation?" Or "what foraged materials make good kindling in my situation?"
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comment How can I acclimatize to cold?
@Roflcoptr: Not sure; would that affect the answer? Doesn't any improvement to cold tolerance help in any range of cold?
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