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comment Running in bear country
I live in Banff and the joggers here bring bear spray, and if you're jogging anywhere that's not open you're advised to make noise (sing, shout regularly) and not to wear headphones.
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comment Running in bear country
Current line of thinking is that bear bells are ineffective, as they aren't loud enough, I've seen research but this is the best link I can find right now: calgaryjournalonline.ca/news/34-news/…
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comment How can I survive multiple days in cold environment?
If you're touring then you've got a shovel, right? Learn how to make a Snow Cave into the side of a mountain. youtube.com/watch?v=XOJQPz1s-1c
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comment First ascents by Edward Whymper
How do I know this? I live 44 km from both mountains :-)
Mar
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answered First ascents by Edward Whymper
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comment How to detect a crevasse on a glacier
+1 for suggesting the use of a probe.
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Jul
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reviewed Reopen What are the Pros and Cons of Trekking Solo?
Jul
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comment How to get a top-mount cooking burner for 20 lb propane tank?
What happens when the tank falls over and its weight is enough to bend your top-mounted stove? Bad idea.
Jun
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answered How long is an activated charcoal filter good for after initial use?
Jun
17
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
Exactly. If you set it up right it shouldn't blow through much, but I always find it a bit drafty, and certainly doesn't retain heat as much. On the plus side, no condensation :-)
Jun
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answered What Canadian national/provincial/territorial parks permit random backcountry camping, if any?
Jun
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answered How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
Jun
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comment Do I need to hang a bear cache?
In the Canadian rockies most people use bags and suspend them, any formal back-country site in a Canadian Park will have equipment to suspend them, but I usually have a rope and beener just in case. That canister would be a real pain in a backpack.
Jun
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answered Thunderstorms in the Canadian Rockies in September?
Jun
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comment If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
BTW, I have a friend who's done the divide trail from near Waterton National Park up to Lake Louise or so. PM me if you have any questions.
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comment If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
Two implications: 1) fallen trees that won't have been cleared will be a bit of a pain 2) if there were bridges they may have been washed out in last June's flood and not restored, I strongly suggest you look into that.