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May
11
comment How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes
+1 Thanks Dara, items 2-6 are what I was taught growing up and using 2-4 are the only reasons I can enjoy backpacking. I have been trying toe socks and I'm neutral on them so far. I have used second skin before and it worked well, but it is only a temporary solution. Taping works but brings a whole new set of annoyances.
Feb
18
comment Pressing the knee while ascending
not sure if it is healthy or not, but I can confirm that some long-distance trail runners do this during ascents not steep enough to grab something else. The difference there may be they don't have a heavy pack on their backs. Without my poles or at least a walking stick I think I would go home, knees can't take it anymore.
Feb
12
comment Bag technique for washing clothes while backpacking?
@Jeredepp - I have no problem with mentioning products. I think grabbing marketing pictures of a product is a bit much but if other people are ok with it I won't vote to close or anything. I do think this Q&A handled product references well: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/40/…
Feb
11
comment Bag technique for washing clothes while backpacking?
I think you need to remove any product information altogether to find the standard, you have a lot of marketing info still
Feb
7
comment Stove/fuel setup for harsh conditions
I also voted to close. Temperature and wind factor are well considered in the first link you posted. If you mean only the level of oxygen available because of the altitude and how that affects various stoves maybe an edit will take care of things.
Feb
5
comment What is the most effective way to flee from an alligator?
the mythbusters did this one: discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/…
Feb
3
comment How can I survive multiple days in cold environment?
I think to get a definitive answer to your question we need to determine how long of a time you mean by surviving. Do you need to survive overnight, survive for 2-3 days, or live semi-permanently in a cold environment?
Jul
15
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
@Polar Pure - that is great news! Congratulations on winning your long fight, I have been checking your webpage about once a month for the past 4 years waiting for this announcement. Also, welcome to the site!
Jun
26
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
@ppl - where do you see that it is back? The availability update on their website still has the same message about it not being available. polarequipment.com/purchase.htm
May
5
comment How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes
Brian - just to clarify for us Americans, by surgical spirit do you mean rubbing alcohol like OTC Dermabond recommended?
Oct
2
comment How do you wash your water repellent apparel (DWR)?
fwiw, basic description of DWR if you are not familiar: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durable_water_repellent
Aug
23
comment Can I upgrade my MSR Wisperlite International to also be able to burn propane?
I believe the universal also has a modified fuel line, but I don't have any references for you
May
22
comment New to fishing in Virginia
welcome to the site! I just need to narrow things down a little more. Are you wanting to get on a boat and head out into the Potomac or other lakes or do you want to fish from the shore/dock?
May
4
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
@Ben - I never claimed it was scientific evidence. The poster requested references. I provided the reference and included my personal experience. I like Graham's answer so I gave it a vote myself.
Feb
19
comment Is freeze-dried food healthy?
I could follow some footnotes and dig up an answer, and will try to do so when I get a chance, but I assumed the only thing lost of water. The difference from dehydrating is in how the water is removed. I personally have very little facts here and would need to do more research.
Feb
11
comment Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips
I mostly agree with what you have said, and I think that is why you don't have any answers yet, but the questions has not getting votes to close. There is an answerable question somewhere in there but I don't know what it is.
Feb
9
comment Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips
Your questions is very open-ended. Hammocks and tents offer different benefits and drawbacks in different climates and for different individuals. This site is not meant to start a discussion of these various items but to drill down to a definitive answer to a question. I'm not sure there is a definitive list of advantages to hammocks over tents.
Jan
27
comment Selecting backpacking cooking pot – teflon, aluminum, steel, titanium, or cast iron?
@Don - my scoutmasters would pick one short hike a year so they could pack a cast iron dutch oven and make a cobbler. It's a rare treat that can convince 13 year-olds to carry extra weight!
Nov
14
comment Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
@Amine - the point I was making is a solid answer that fits the guidelines of this site is difficult without that additional information. If you want to know which is best for each situation you could make multiple questions. If you just want a list of things to consider in an energy bar that doesn't exactly fit the purpose of this site. Great question, just trying to get more information so answers can be more directed.
Nov
12
comment Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
If you question is only for hiking I think you should add that to your question (I know you have it tagged). I say this because different activities have different needs. The amount of protein, the weight, and quality of taste will depend for me on the activity. I will take a better tasting heavier bar hiking where backpacking I want light and tons of protein, regardless of the taste.