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Jun
19
comment Practicality of Beards
This is actually one of the things my friend listed as a benefit. In the summer it holds the sweat and acts like a evaporative cooler for your face.
Jun
16
comment Would a tampon be a good addition to a survival kit
It's a good point, but I'm not sure that much in my survival kits has only one use.
Jun
11
comment Practicality of Beards
@LBell the question of "Should I wear a Beard?" Is far to personal, but I thought "What should I consider when making this decision?" would be perfect for the site.
Jun
10
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
In the desert there usually no prominent features around you (like your caveat mentions), and everything withing a few miles looks exactly the same. How you navigate is watch the mountains that are 30 to 60 miles off. Before you start stand facing your car (or the road) and take notice of how far you have to turn or twist your neck to look or arms to point at the mountains. If you continue to update that as you hike, you can always find your way back. Note, this wouldn't work in the Dunes, but nothing works there.
Jun
5
comment Tent and sleeping bag: pack inside or strap outside a backpack?
In the South West USA I often use my EXTERNAL frame pack and then there is little choice. Outside, but I can keep it close to my center of gravity and balance the pack perfectly.
Jun
5
comment What is the best way to cross streams while backpacking?
I have been in some rivers where the current is below my knees but moving fast enough that I would still be concerned about foot entrapment if I'm not careful.
May
31
comment Is there a website with current river water levels?
I was looking for some as well and from a forum was led to americanwhitewater.org/content/River/search-limited. Mind adding it to your answer?
May
29
comment Does a groover have to stink?
@RussellSteen Just imagine it sitting in a raft with no shade baking in the sun for 10+ days... and we are usually on rivers in the desert. Also, I had a ton of fun tagging this question I laughed as I tagged.
May
27
comment What should I replace guylines with?
LoL. It helps quite a bit but I was thinking if the entire line was glowing it might work a bit better or help illuminate the lines. I should probably tie 3 or so ribbons on the line instead of my current 1.
May
27
comment What should I replace guylines with?
This is actually what I have been currently doing. I take a couple rolls of this stuff on every camp out and use it for all kinds of things.
May
27
comment What should I replace guylines with?
Those are definitely good suggestions. Most of the time the activities are well away but it never fails some one trips. Usually because where we tend to go there is limited flat area and the tents all end up pretty close.
May
27
comment What should I replace guylines with?
I really like the reflective markers. I have never seen those before and I think I will pick some up and try them out. I accepted Rory's answer because that's what I ended up replacing the guylines with.
May
27
comment What should I replace guylines with?
I went ahead on ordered some glow in the dark and also some fluorescent. I will try both and see what I like better.
May
25
comment Surviving a forest fire by starting another fire
I couldn't find the article that talked about it or I'd post an answer. But back in the rodeo-chediski fire I remember reading an article about a seasoned forest fighter with about 11 rookies and the winds changed. They all ran but he stopped in a field and started a fire in the field. He tried to explain what he was going and 4 of the rookies stopped to help and the rest kept running. The 5 of them were able to hid in the burn area under some kind of emergency blankets and survive. All went to the ICU but the other 7 weren't so lucky.
May
25
comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
@JayBazuzi I kinda agree, except when you use a bowline to join two pieces of rope (like a square knot is used) it's called a sheep's bend (turn the sheep's bend over after tying and tell me it's not a bowline).
May
25
comment Making own Hammock
Entirely weave. Nothing but paracord and probably two rings to use as anchors.
May
24
comment How do I remove mildew from a tent?
I have used a similar solution, I also apply a waterproof coating after it's dry, mostly because I water proof my tents once a year anyway.
May
24
comment What does it mean to cross load a carabiner?
It's worth noting that using a carabiner on your harness and looping the carabiner through 2 straps on the harness (instead of using the webbing loop that holds those 2 loops together) and connecting the other end to a piece of gear like an ATC or something will create the same tri-axial pull. This is a common mistake I see all the time even in veteran climbers.
May
23
comment Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
The only arguments I have ever heard for the yosemite Bowline are from an "engineering" stance. But the ease of (tying and checking) the 8 make it the choice of most climbers. I agree with you.
May
23
comment Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
@Mr.Wizard that is a double. You can't (safely) use a single for climbing. Only a double, be it a figure 8 follow through into a harness loop or you could use a figure eight on a bight to a carabiner. Either knot is the same once tied though. Both are pretty easy to untie once you know how. If no one ever took the 30 second to show you the trick to untie them it can be very difficult.