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Dec
4
comment Preferred way to wrap someone with Hypothermia?
I can confirm in the Canadian Forces we did similar (sleeping bag liner inside sleeping bag inside arctic sleeping bag with hot water bottles inside).
Dec
3
comment Performance of fur garments?
A big difference between fur and down/synthetic/synthetic fur is that fur has a leather backing, usually adding considerable weight.
Nov
16
comment What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
And for the record, my current winter shoes are Scarpa Crux approach shoes with wool socks.
Nov
16
comment What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
I was paid to wear army boots and I can assure you that they weren't good in cold weather. Wool socks definitely make a big difference, but all the militaries have significantly revamped their army boots in the last ten years because they realized their footwear was behind the times.
Nov
16
comment Winter food : Should I change my habits for winter?
Energy bars are a good example of a food which turns to rock in cold temperatures. Keep a bar in an interior pocket of your jacket or be prepared to break a tooth.
Oct
11
comment How many GeoCaches are registered in Germany by OpenCaching?
You should contact Openchaching.de rather than ask here.
Aug
10
comment Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
Above and beyond the "red sky at night, sailor's delight" type of forecasting, there are some tried and true techniques. See my post for examples.
Aug
10
comment What's the difference between a 2, 3, 4, and 5 season tent?
I slightly disagree in regards to 4 seasons tents and vent flaps. The fly won't have flaps, but the inside tent will usually have a panel in the ceiling that can be opened to let out moisture in warm temperature areas.
Aug
8
comment Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
Also, if you smell the earth a lot more or start hearing the trees a lot more that's usually a good sign of an oncoming storm. I've heard swamps release gasses before storms because of the low pressure.
Jul
16
comment What qualities should I look for in a good walking pole?
I think you covered all of the characteristics. I prefer a "flicklock" when it comes to the adjustment lock, as it's easier to calibrate and doesn't slide or lock up on you. I also find carbon poles less likely to bend than aluminium.
Jun
11
comment Packing delicate equipment for a hike
This is a great question, I've sat on my rucksack while ski touring and ruined a pair of googles. sigh.
May
31
comment Pros and Cons of paracord
+1 for easier on your hands. Paracord also holds a knot much better than the yellow stuff.
May
11
comment Is digging a “cold hole” really effective when sheltering in a snowed area?
This also referred to as a "cold air sump".
May
10
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
As a hiker in the Canadian Rockies I can assert that these numbers match my own experience.
Mar
19
comment Looking for a boot recommendation
If you go the rental way, try calling Gear Up Sports gearupsport.com in Canmore, they don't mention it on their site but they rent mountaineering eqpt. Wish I could answer you but I don't know anything about mountaineering.
Feb
24
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
Doctors can prescribe up to 3,200mg a day, so 4x200mg means you've hit your daily dose in 16 hrs.
Feb
24
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
FYI, 1,200 mg is considered the maximum daily dose for over the counter use of Ibuprofen.
Feb
19
comment How do you punch out toes in ski-touring boots?
Is punching out always done with heat? I've got another pair of Solomon boots where the inner left ankle creates a pressure point by afternoon when I'm skiing all day. What other techniques are there?
Feb
16
comment How to tell the time at night
Simpler than a watch?
Feb
14
comment How to stay clean on a multi-day hike?
I'd like to add baby/talcum poweder to the list: works in hair to cut down greasiness, in the underwear to deal with sweat/crotch rot, and in socks.