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Apr
26
comment Eating in a long sport activity (scuba diving) to keep your strength up
I suggest making your own gels, if you weren't already thinking that. It's nice to be able to tailor the taste, consistency, and nutrition to your needs.
Apr
24
comment Does the solar powered fridge work as advertised whilst hiking?
Cool idea. I can't fathom wanting to carry it around, but it might help keep things cool (and not gross) on river trips.
Apr
24
comment Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?
I hesitate to +1 it, because the question is flawed (the "immune" aspect is what bothers me). Otherwise, I agree that it is a fine (though somewhat crazy) question.
Apr
17
comment How effective are portable electric fences?
The alarm aspect is interesting. In some places where bear hangs and such are a challenge, I've seen people pile up pots and pans and such to make an "alarm." Works with small animals, too, but comes with a cost.
Apr
16
comment Do I need to worry about feral dogs or even wolves if I camp in random areas while hitchhiking in Georgia (the country)?
Interesting question! I know that wolves are exactly zero risk in the USA, and I've camped in some very "doggy" regions in the USA and Mexico without concern. I'll be interested to see what other people say.
Apr
15
comment Do I need to break in double plastic mountaineering boots?
I'd add that usually these boots need to stay at a "performance" fit, depending on your sport and uses. If the liner and footbed adjust too much, you'll lose that precision which is so vital.
Apr
15
comment What are the key differences between Mountaineering and Rock Climbing?
Overall I like the answer, but there is less grey area than you might think. No climber/mountaineer would claim that El Cap is a mountaineering endeavor. I suppose that might be hard to explain to the non-initiated, though.
Apr
9
comment Chalk: pure, plus drying agent, liquid?
Nice. Any idea how long the rosin lasts? Never tried it before - sounds interesting.
Apr
1
comment How do I tie a double fisherman's knot?
I don't think it's fair to say "don't." In some situations it might not be the perfect knot, but that doesn't mean it's useless.
Mar
29
comment How effective are portable electric fences?
I second the wolf comment. Wolves are 100% not a concern as far as I've ever heard. For bears, follow the above advice, and in major bear territory put your sleeping, cooking, and food storage (Bear hang or container) sites at least 100 yards from each other (a big triangle), with your tent being upwind from the food. I am curious whether anyone has used an electric fence, though. It doesn't seem necessary or particularly humane.
Mar
27
comment How to get more information about a planned tour?
I'm assuming the answer would be to use a topographical map, but the only ones I know of are produced by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Perhaps Austria has a similar agency that produces topos? Edit: www.austrianmap.at might be a good resource for you.
Mar
22
comment Dealing with very cold climate (clothing)
I think many of us have probably traveled in very cold places, but personally I'm having trouble answering the question as-is. Do I answer with defining a layering system, or by listing actual clothing, or by stating the obvious (big warm boots, big warm jacket, protect your exposed skin)?
Mar
22
comment Does any tent manufacturer promise to have replacement parts?
Well, when I took back a jacket that I had purchased a few years before, that's what they told me. And it makes sense, because they famously took back a 40-year-old 8000m suit, and there is no way they would pay out several thousand bucks for that (the last price they sold it at), right? Honestly I haven't actually looked at the policy, so this is just from experience.
Mar
21
comment Does any tent manufacturer promise to have replacement parts?
I second the REI vote. If you buy it from them, they will give you a refund according to a certain percentage (that decreases over time) of the last price it they sold it for. An excellent option for sure.
Mar
21
comment Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
I think the answer to "how dangerous could it be?" is "it depends." Long term misuse could result in ingesting a lot of excess chemicals, and in the short term if you don't let the water cool enough you might melt the plastic and hurt yourself or lose your meal. Being careful to not add boiling water directly to a bag is probably the most important safety factor.
Mar
21
comment How can you prevent kids getting lost at night while camping?
Another helpful idea for children that are old enough is to have a buddy system. When they go to the bathroom at night, they wake their buddy and have them turn on a headlamp in the tent. The low light turns the tent into a beacon to return to (but isn't so bright as to be obnoxious), and if the light stays on for a long time, the buddy knows something is wrong and can get help.
Mar
21
comment How are sleeping bag temperature ratings determined?
Some of these ratings actually use an "average female" and "average male," and list the temperatures at which an "average male" would survive (sleepless night), etc. I find the ratings stupidly confusing, and until you've used several bags it's hard to get a personal reading on it.
Mar
21
comment How do I store a bivy sack?
I don't own a bivy per se, but I store my tents and tarps hanging alongside my sleeping bags.
Mar
21
comment Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
Are there any concerns about the safety of this practice? At a glance I saw these two references that concern me: ziploc.com/Pages/Safety.aspx , which says that ziplocks are not designed to withstand the heat of boiling, and camping.about.com/od/campingrecipes/a/ziplocbaggies.htm I wasn't sure if those were worth worrying about, but...
Mar
18
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Nice selection of references. +1