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Jan
25
answered What are some alternative ways of fishing - i.e. catching fish?
Jan
25
comment Which side of an emergency blanket should I use?
They have different sides?! All the ones I have seen are silver on both sides, I'm thinking the orange might be there for signaling? Although I would think that the silver would work pretty well for that.
Jan
25
revised Folding versus fixed blade knives
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Jan
25
answered Folding versus fixed blade knives
Jan
25
comment Does hiking with a dog in bear country increase or decrease your risk of a bear encounter?
I don't know that it is true that a bear has no fear of a dog. I have seen bears run from cats even. Of course it will depend on the type and temperament of the bear.
Jan
25
comment Serrated vs flat-edge knives
Let me quantify that then, they are much more difficult to sharpen if all you have is a whetstone.
Jan
25
comment How do I tie a Prusik knot?
Friction I could see, but the weight is still being put entirely on the two ends coming away from the knot. Thanks!
Jan
25
comment Serrated vs flat-edge knives
Serrated are also a lot more difficult to keep sharp.
Jan
25
answered Is it worth buying a footprint?
Jan
25
comment What things should I look for when buying a compass?
I don't know about anyone else, but I like my compass to point north.
Jan
25
comment How do I tie a Prusik knot?
I've used the first two steps a number of times. Is there much benefit to the additional loops?
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
@LBell The same site also says "Drink one-half to one full quart of water or sports drink each and every hour you are hiking in the heat." At the one liter per hour mark, a gallon only lasts four hours.
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
One gallon seems low to me as well. For the desert section of the PCT, most recommendations I see are to carry at least six liters, and many recommend eight plus liters. I don't know that I would feel comfortable leaving sight of civilization with only one gallon :D
Jan
25
revised What negative consequences can result from having too much toe room in a shoe
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Jan
25
comment Can any waterborne pathogens survive boiling?
Not quite true... There are some bacteria that can survive boiling, but I seriously doubt you would ever find them in your traditional hiking water sources! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthermophile
Jan
25
comment Is a varied diet necessary while backpacking?
Got a reference for "It takes more than 4-5 days to have problems from a limited diet"?
Jan
25
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25
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Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
@LBell nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-smart.htm That's worst case, hiking mid-day in the desert. It's best to take shelter if you can to avoid the mid-day sun, and resume after late afternoon. It definitely can be a losing prospect... deserts scare me!