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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.
Apr
17
comment How safe is it to hike alone?
@Łukasz웃Lツ, why would it be false sense of security?
Apr
9
comment What sort of weird (interesting) rock is this?
Maybe this is consisted of shells of dead sea life.
Mar
18
comment Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
"Feet swell during the day. If possible, buy shoes in the afternoon or evening." Quote from a FiveTen climbing shoes box.
Feb
14
comment What are some effective ways of removing stains from my bush knife?
@TwilightSparkle, excellent advice!
Feb
11
comment Hot or cold shower better after exertion?
I believe that having a cold shower at elevated body temperature (e.g. after strenuous activity as summer) could be lethal. Can't be sure, though, no one that I know died this way.
Feb
6
comment Roping together on an icy path?
If you are even considering this as a danger, get an ice axe. It's a very useful and long-lasting tool for the winter. This New Year's eve me and a friend used ours to get into the frozen-up shelter, which we reached after dark. So they have other uses, beyond the essential self-arrest ability.
Jan
27
comment How to assure safe searching for cache hidden in my own backyard?
I like the hide the way you allow entering your garden part. It the garden has high fence of vegetation, neighbours won't see what's happening inside, and the secret way to open the door can be told to the "few".
Jan
26
comment How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
@ŁukaszL., yea, one can step on pretty darn thin branches like this, provided the above safety points are observed. In the end the struggle goes from "how do I not fall to my death" to "how do I not brake any branches on this lovely tree."
Jan
24
comment How to estimate is the branch thick enough to stand on it?
Stepping on dry branches is possible, but only after (1) giving it a nice kick to test it and (2) stepping right next to the trunk of the tree and (3) still not trusting it, being ready to relay only on the other contact points e.g. hand grip.
Jan
21
comment What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?
I guess that if this is an amateur radio frequency at most you could get a fine. Now if it is the military ...
Jan
9
comment What should I do with possible frostbite: Swollen feet after putting them in warm water
Happened to me (having ice in my shoe). Got lucky to keep my toes. Now I carry frostbite dressing (good also for burns, light and cheep, very easy to apply) and gaiter in winter in the mountains.