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comment Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace
Sure, I was just trying to point out that the thermal decomposition reaction you mention is pretty much a red herring. There's really no need to even mention it. It's relevant if you're using the sodium bicarbonate to bake bread, sure, but not if you're spitting it out onto soil.
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comment Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace
Nitpicking a bit here, but the thermal decomposition of sodium bicarbonate won't actually make it any less harmful to the environment. (In fact, sodium carbonate might potentially be a bit more harmful, being more strongly alkaline.) But yes, NaHCO3 is pretty harmless stuff unless you start dumping it out by the bucketload (in which case the biggest issue is likely that you may locally raise the soil / water pH and sodium content).
Jul
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revised What clothing would be suitable for hiking and camping in 0°C?
add a screenshot of the weather forecast, so later visitors can still see what it used to show
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Jul
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comment What clothing would be suitable for hiking and camping in 0°C?
+1 for the neck gaiter; you'll definitely want something to keep the wind from your neck. A wool scarf would also work, as would a balaclava / ski mask, a jacket with a hood, or even a turtleneck sweater. But you really want something other than bare skin there.
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comment Camping with a tarp, what are risks about animals?
About the only time any small animal might decide to crawl into your sleeping bag is when you're not in it yourself. If you leave your sleeping bag lying unpacked for hours, you may want to shake it out before getting in it (or sitting on it -- eww). Or, better yet, either pack your sleeping bag, or open it up fully to air it out, whenever you're not using it.
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Aug
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revised What are common rock-climbing footwork mistakes and how I can spot them?
add "rock-climbing" to title so it's unambiguous even in contexts that don't show the tags (Hot Network Questions etc.); fix magic intra-SE link in header
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Aug
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comment Is burying human waste always the lowest-impact solution?
...and, you know, to avoid having exposed piles of human poo sitting next to the campsite when the next visitors arrive. But, yeah, +1. Also, once the stuff has started to decompose, the plant whose roots you cut to bury it will gain a nice and convenient supply of nutrients in exchange.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wizard: Given that the pole it's attached to doesn't look particularly weathered, I suspect the sign isn't either. I think it's just made of wood treated to look like that. The lettering does look burned to me, although it's hard to be sure.
Jun
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comment Tent placement?
@gerrit: ...except when it rains and the soft patch of moss turns out to be a small peat bog.
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Dec
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revised How safe is drinking distilled water?
no MathJax on this site; spelling fixes
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Jul
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comment Is it safe to swim naked in lakes in Northern Europe?
@crasic: Yeah, it's pretty rare, as in "you hear about it on the news occasionally" rare. I just wanted to try to be as comprehensive as I could.
Jul
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comment Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather
By the way, a large soda bottle stuffed into a wool sock makes for an excellent improvised hot water bottle. Just don't let the water get too hot (about 50 °C / 120 °F, or barely touchable, is still OK) or the plastic may degrade.