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bio website blog.hartleybrody.com
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Jan
26
comment What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?
+1 fantastic answer.
Jan
25
comment Where can I find if a fixed blade knives is legal to carry around in a given country?
I'd say that most "Is is legal" questions will be too vague and/or too localized for the community, as a general rule. Other thoughts?
Jan
25
comment When stranded at sea, should I not ask for a tow?
+1 for trying to keep the site on-topic, especially in private beta
Jan
25
comment What are essential items in an emergency kit?
I like your approach of having a small pack that you carry with you more often, but no solution is perfect. There's always a chance you could drop the small pack off a cliff or have an animal go through it while you're sleeping. It seems like our main differences are the pot and sleeping bag, which sacrifice some basic survival needs for more convenience. If you're well trained, you might not need them, but I'd always err on the side of carrying more, since you never know what you'll need.
Jan
25
comment What are essential items in an emergency kit?
If you've received an answer that satisfies your question, it would be great if you'd click the check mark next to it :)
Jan
25
comment What are essential items in an emergency kit?
It all depends on how far you are straying away from your creature comforts. If you're just going to gather water from the stream and have your camp setup already, you obviously don't need to bring a sleeping bag. I'd say the whistle is the most important piece in that situation if you're out with others.
Jan
25
comment What is the best way to store my sleeping bag for long periods of time?
I have an old hockey bag that I keep my sleeping bag in. It protects it from dust/moisture without compressing it and damaging the loft.
Jan
25
comment What style crampon should I use for my hiking boots and how do I adjust them?
Can I ask what type of microspikes you're currently using? I asked a question on Quora and was recommended these: rei.com/product/774966/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system
Jan
25
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
I like your technique for following along a bearing in the first paragraph, but I'd argue that you shouldn't just wander around to try and find landmarks -- you never know where you'll end up and you'll probably just exacerbate the problem.
Jan
25
comment Hiking boots vs trail shoes
Excellent question. I've been hiking in trail shoes rather than boots for some time now since they're lighter, easier, etc. But I was wondering if I was putting myself at risk...
Jan
25
comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
@mjrider hadn't heard of the Taught Hitch until you/Kevin. It seems like a stronger version of the noose, which is cool! I skipped the clove hitch because, while useful, it can also come apart pretty easily if you don't understand how to use it, so I wanted to keep things simple.
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Interesting. I'll defer to your experience here, but I've usually heard 1 liter per hour recommended, so a gallon seems a bit low.
Jan
24
comment How to reduce the annoying sound of falling raindrops on a tent?
Ahh yes, missed that bit :) I feel like a plastic tarp would be louder than a nylon rain fly though. But if it's worked for you, that's awesome!
Jan
24
comment How to reduce the annoying sound of falling raindrops on a tent?
...wouldn't there be the sound of the rain on the tarp?
Jan
24
comment How can I stay warm in subzero weather?
possible duplicate of Keeping warm in an emergency