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Apr
14
comment How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?
I can't really speak for whoever downvoted you, but perhaps they felt that this is a situation where one should not plan one's course of action based on the advice of random strangers on the Internet. At least, that argument (as valid or not as it may be) is the only one I can think of for someone to feel that this question should not be asked here.
Mar
14
comment Leave-no-trace-exception for tissues?
@BenCrowell: That makes sense; paper, including toilet tissue, is basically wood pulp, and decays mainly through the action of cellulose-digesting fungi. If it's too dry for fungal growth, it won't decay.
Feb
2
comment Legal situation for camping in the German Elbsandsteingebirge
@OddDeer: I suspect the translation you're looking for might be unenforced law.
Dec
7
comment What is this marker stone
That's a lot of compression artifacts on those pictures. For some reason, they remind me of these test images.
Dec
1
comment Repair broken plastic buckle in the middle of Hiking or alternative way to fix it
That could actually work. I was a bit skeptical of how a rolling hitch would hold on a nylon strap like that, but I just tried it on a similar backpack I have, and it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
Sep
1
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.
Sep
1
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
31
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.
Mar
18
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.
Aug
7
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
4
comment Tent placement?
@gerrit: ...except when it rains and the soft patch of moss turns out to be a small peat bog.
Jul
22
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
20
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.
Mar
14
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages between gas, liquid and solid fuel?
(Pps. While Googling, I found this blog article on the Trangia 27; it's not directly relevant to the issue at hand, but I liked it too much not to include it here.)
Mar
14
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages between gas, liquid and solid fuel?
Ps. The Trangia FAQ says their spirit burner "works even at severe cold (below -10 degrees Celsius) if used together with the winter attachment" (priming pan). Actually, I'm pretty sure I've used them even in colder weather without one; a handy trick is to close the lid of the burner after filling it (it's liquid-proof) and warm it under your clothes for a while.
Mar
13
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages between gas, liquid and solid fuel?
Alcohol doesn't burn well below freezing? I think the Swedish folks who make Trangia stoves would be surprised to hear that.
Mar
12
comment What's the UPF of a T-Shirt or jeans?
Ps. It seems that Wikipedia has an article on sun protective clothing that you might want to take a look at.