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Apr
18
comment Where to buy ethanol in Canada?
I think you will find some at canadian tire (canadiantire.ca).
Apr
16
comment Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
The two first studies were made on very small samples (<15 people). The error margin is important for both studies in comparison to the overall hiker population.
Apr
16
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Personally, I will always use trekking poles with shock-absorbing features because they are much more efficient and comfortable on hard/rocky terrain.
Apr
15
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
I think there is a decrease between the summer season and the winter season. The opening hours of the visitors centers might also be a good indicator. Some centers might just be open for the week end (= Less people).
Nov
6
comment Can pregnant women parasail?
The links are missing :)
Oct
31
comment Can snow lead to dehydration?
Thank you for those clarifications, did you notice any difference in term of dryness or humidity between the two places ?
Oct
30
comment Can snow lead to dehydration?
Well "solid land" is not really defined so I can only hypothesize that conditions in "solid land" were warmer than on the slopes. Also, does the “solid land” step means the end of the effort?
Sep
11
comment How can I keep my backpack from resting directly against my back?
I know you do not want to buy a new backpack but i have been using a Deuter backpack with the air confort system and I have been very happy with it. It might be a good starting point. However I am not sure that it can be applied to all backpack without a major redesign.
Aug
16
comment Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
@DavidR Your comment could be a good starter for an answer :)
Jul
30
comment How can I tell if a natural snow-bridge is safe to cross?
Sorry I was not clear but what I mean is that lower temperature drastically decreases the power of ice to withstand your weight. For ice formation, well it depends on many factors (the weather, the river shape). Natural bridges can be created naturally but it is rare on larger river. Last but not least, if you are not able to differentiate between the different layers, it means that you are dealing with only frozen ice. I suspect that the stick you are talking about is used to detect either the ice depth, the snow depth or how firm the snow is.
Jul
11
comment What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
nhs.uk/Conditions/Blisters/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
Jul
10
comment I'm a data geek and I want to buy a watch for running, what should I get?
Are you open to using an app on a smartphone ?
Jun
10
comment Sweating in sleeping bag
I would also recommend trying other sleeping bags (your current sleeping bag might or might not have the appropriate temperature).
Apr
26
comment While backpacking, should one bring hand sanitizer, soap, or both?
@zoul I have been using a biodegradable for more than one year and it has proven to be very useful. It leaves no trace at all and does not attract insects. I cannot say the same for unscented soap which proved to be irresistible to insects.
Apr
25
comment While backpacking, should one bring hand sanitizer, soap, or both?
Are you asking this question because you are going to places where water presence is an issue ?
Apr
19
comment Running shoes for asphalt + winter conditions?
@BenCrowell well I am not a fan of Yaktrax. I am an avid user of microspikes for winter hike outside the city but I do not think they are appropriate for running in winter in a city.
Apr
12
comment What can I do with a retired rope and harness?
Ropes can be very useful when camping
Mar
20
comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
It would be nice if the answer was a wiki one so each user could append his knowledge on specific region or country
Mar
4
comment How efficient is the Altai skis “the Hok”?
Thank you for the feedback :)
Feb
28
comment How can I physically prepare for high altitude hiking?
Being fit is not a waranty of not being altitude sick. It has to do the way you will manage the lack of oxygen.