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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.
Sep
26
comment Is it safe to use water purification tablets after their expiration date?
Chlorine I know slowly turns into a gas, evaporating away. Not sure specifically about iodine. Truthfully, I thought this forum wouldn't need scientific explanation, only the necessary info for someone enjoying the Great Outdoors.
Sep
21
comment Soft or hard drinking bottle?
+1 from me for a lot of good remarks that I missed. Not sure I agree though on the break point of a hard bottle. The pressures that we're talking about I don't think get anywhere near enough to break a nalgene bottle or equivalent. I'm thinking of a person falling on their pack. Maybe someone accidentally stepping on the bottle. Those kinds of pressures.
Sep
20
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
@Patrick - thanks for the suggestion. I use tablets and have an REI membership. Tablets work, but I still remember fondly the days when I had my Polar Pure. Been some updates from Polar Pure since I wrote this question but still no solution.
Sep
18
comment Campsites in Virginia which allow alcohol?
I see the votes to close, but I would like someone to explain them in the comments. I agree this is near the limits of our questions (not very GREAT outdoors if you can bring a case of beer) but I don't know a better SA site for this question and I could see it being useful. The Northern VA area has tons of great camping, some private and some public. I don't know which ones allow drinking but I would be interested in knowing. +1
Aug
30
comment Dealing with a campsite that is full of rocks or not flat terrain?
Two words, Hammock Tent: rei.com/category/40007158
Aug
27
comment What should I do if I break a shoelace in the wilderness?
Do they make mini rolls? If not, a full roll of duct tape is WAY too heavy for hiking.
Jul
28
comment Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
fwiw - I carry a small emergency weather radio when backpacking. One that uses a crank for electricity instead of batteries so it's pretty light. Some of the worst storms give very little notice of how bad they will be.
Jun
20
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
Thanks, that's a pump and there are equivalent pumps that can be bought in the US. One of the big upsides of Polar Pure was the extreme ease of use. Nothing really to clean, maintain, etc.
Jun
6
comment Formula for rough amount of water to carry on hike?
+1 great general rule. One thing I would add is to know the humidity of where you are. I live in the VA/NC region and when I took a trip backpacking in New Mexico I had to consume an extra liter a day at the least.
May
23
comment Is it illegal to remove rocks from a riverbed in the UK
In the US it is illegal. If the riverbed is in a protected park then the rocks are protected like plants. If the riverbed is on private property it is legal with the property owners permission.
May
18
comment What is the best way to store my sleeping bag for long periods of time?
+1 for scout training, that is exactly what I learned in Philmont.
May
18
comment What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
Did you use a ground cloth underneath you besides your sleeping pads? I prefer to pitch tarps instead of tents, but I have never tried it like your link to joeldare, that is without a ground cloth. I mostly hike VA and NC Appalachians though, maybe out west you can get by without.
May
7
comment How do I extend the life of waterproof leather boots?
I had a sole partially detach around the heel of an old pair of gore-tex boots. ShoeGoo would give me another 50 miles before detaching again. That is backpacking in the Appalachians, I'm sure weather has a lot to do with it.
May
3
comment Should I be careful to use only dry rocks while building a campfire?
similar question - outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/801/…
Apr
5
comment How can I tell when pemmican has spoiled?
from my experience, after 3-4 days of eating pemmican, it all looks wrong, and tastes wrong, but that has nothing to do with it spoiling. Good luck!
Mar
13
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the Appalachian Trail?
One thing to note, but it's not a full answer. The cushioning inside a boot usually breaks down before the outside of the boot comes apart. In those cases you can continue to use the broken in shell of a boot, but replace the internal cushioning and get more use out of them.
Mar
13
comment What sleeping bags are needed for a northbound thru-hike of the AT
@pulsehead - that's a great idea but I just don't have the time. Part of getting ready is a financial thing, and part is a physical thing, which leaves very little time on my end to blog. There is a tremendous amount of information online though, so most aspects of preparing have been covered many times.