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Jan
23
comment How to camp in wolf country?
So in case of sleeping: wake up and apply the prepared measures?
Jan
15
comment How to camp in wolf country?
Bulgaria, Europe. They were dark (black?), not white, like in the movies. In number they were about 12.
Jan
14
comment How to camp in wolf country?
;-p Come visit Bulgaria some time - we are not so far away and the pund/lev exchange rate is extremely good for you.
Jan
14
comment How to camp in wolf country?
They were actually looking at us and a couple of them grolwed at us. It was not until about 20-30 seconds that they turned and slowly disappeared into the vegetation. I was quite happy not to be tucked in a restricting sleeping bag.
Nov
27
comment Wear a Shirt(and sunscreen) or (just) Sunscreen
I hate wearing a shirt for the sweat it generates (preventing air circulation). IMHO rucksack breathability is nullified by a cotton shirt. Other guys love nothing more than changing to a clean T-shirt.
Oct
28
comment How to walk as a roped party on a glacier?
I can't quite comprehend the last argument. If on a slight incline a member of the team falls, shouldn't he and all other members immediately self-arrest with ice axes?
Oct
24
comment When should you use gear to climb a tree?
Usually the ground below trees is grass and leaves, not rocks, so it should be somewhat safer that rock climbing. Once I heard from a woman her son fell while brushing walnuts and broke a collar bone. Those trees are about 3-10 meters high around here. On the other hand. just outside my office, for the past couple of weeks, a group of construction workers have been working at 5th floor height scaffold without any protection - also climbing the outside of the scaffolds. The ground is concrete.
Oct
6
comment Ration or consume water?
I agree with all your point (including the last paragraph). Too little water == dehydration == bad, too much water == increased sweating and urination == bad. The body adjusts.
Oct
6
comment What clothing or gear should I wear to prevent ticks?
A shower is a great advice. I tend to find ticks even without a mirror, but by touch. Only exception is when the tick has managed to fully bury, but then it's easy to find, because the place becomes red and itchy.
Aug
27
comment What batteries would make sense to power 12v devices (e.g. blankets, lights) for camping?
I had never seen such a frying pan, but I am sure that it's targeted to car camping. Why else 12V?
Jul
29
comment In an abandoned quarry, is it possible to pry loose rocks from walls until stable?
What @PaulPaulsen says, with a long shovel. If you want more people warning you that you may die, go to Bikes.SE and ask about dropping it off with a bike ;p
Jul
4
comment To pack Vertical or Horizontal?
I have met the "put light items at bottom, heavy items at shoulder level", but never understood it. One obvious effect of this is rising one's center of gravity, making them less stable. This can be felt at difficult terrain.
Jul
4
comment To pack Vertical or Horizontal?
Why put your center of gravity high?
Jun
4
comment Tent placement?
@gerrit It has "windows" in the first room. Lying on your back, watching the raindrops squash against the transparent nylon.
May
27
comment Are carabiners useful tools to have in the wilderness? If so, what would they be used for?
@whatsisname, I do not agree! Climbing carrabiners are uselessly heavy. Why carry my keys on a 12kN piece of steel?
May
27
comment Add more external space to my ACT Trail 32
Also, for your next backpack, you might consider one with sleeping pad/tent fasteners at the lower back, like this: cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_large/…
May
27
comment Add more external space to my ACT Trail 32
I have some experience with hanging my boots that way. Unfortunately, the shoelaces elongate during travel and the boots kick me in the butt on every step! I guess a carefully fastened bag won't have such a problem. I hope you have webbing on the bottom of the pack, to connect the bag to. You can use a rope there, to fasten it firmly and prevent swaying.
May
7
comment How safe is it to hike alone?
As far as I understand, these comments are condemning assaulting someone in the wilderness. Why would a hiker want to do that?! My point is that if you are the victim, calling the police while in the woods is much less effective then in a city. The police is not there to protect you, at the moment of the attempted crime. Dyh!
Apr
30
comment Why is a “Czech bed roll” called this? History, uses?
Interesting indeed. I have the USA one. Very warm, extremely heavy.
Apr
22
comment Effective technique for crossing high and dense mountain pine
Qick half-answer. Usually in summer I carry a long staff instead of trekking poles. When going through dense brush, I use the staff to push nasties away from my face and hands, by holding the staff at an angle in front of my body.