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comment How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
ab2 you are right, after further research dowhill is safer, in that fire moves faster uphill. I've changed my answer accordingly.
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comment Practical uses for commando/Australian rappel?
I'd like to add that the main disadvantage of aussie style rappel is that it is only effective when there is some sort of slope to run down on. For vertical rappel you end up hanging and spinning like a spider.
Jul
6
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.
Jul
6
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/…
Mar
9
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
Mar
7
comment First ascents by Edward Whymper
How do I know this? I live 44 km from both mountains :-)
Nov
1
comment How to detect a crevasse on a glacier
+1 for suggesting the use of a probe.
Jul
11
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
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
16
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
16
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.
Jun
16
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.
May
22
comment Warmest and lightest solution for torso
I'll second down. Patagonia's nano-puff and their down sweater (it's a jacket but it probably weighs less than any sweater you own) are extremely light and pack down nicely, and the perfect layer for keeping warmth in at the end of a hike, top of a summit or when it's just cold. I live in mine 9 months of the year, plus camping in the summer.
May
22
comment Warmest and lightest solution for torso
Can you describe the environment and what other layers of clothing you'll be wearing? I'm tempted to suggest a vest but it might not be appropriate if it's your only layer and you're in anything below 5c.
May
13
comment Cheese and eggs on backpacking trips
I've read one trick to keep eggs cool is to put them in the bottom of your flour tin.
May
1
comment Why is a “Czech bed roll” called this? History, uses?
Bedrolls have been around since the times of the Roman empire, it's literally a bed that you can roll up. Would you like me to explain why soldiers might want to roll up their bed? There's your history. In modern times it is synonymous with a sleeping bag, athough they don't necessarily close and many sleeping bags can be stuffed in a sac. There's nothing unique about Czech bedrolls besides that they've been commissioned for the Czech army.
Apr
30
comment Why is a “Czech bed roll” called this? History, uses?
I'm pretty sure it's because it's Czech Army surplus, so something that is/was used in the Czech army.
Apr
26
comment In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
Paul: sorry, it should be walk-in campsites. They are campsites where you can't drive your car right up to where you will set up your tent. The walk can be anything from 10m feet to 2km.
Apr
26
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
I should mention that sometimes it's good to have people. Certain routes will have minimum group size travel restrictions in aug/sept/oct because of bear frequencies. Usually you'll have to be in a group of 4 or more. This is vigilantly enforced.
Apr
26
comment Can I camp in the backcountry outside backcountry campsites in Jasper National Park?
I can confirm that you can only camp in designated areas and that you require a wilderness pass for any backcountry overnight activity. If you want to do stealth camping, then do it as far away from main trails/routes as possible.