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bio website svsu.edu/~jhlavace
location Saginaw, MI
age 45
visits member for 2 years, 9 months
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Apr
3
asked Legality of “semi-permanent” wooden structures in state and national forests in the US
Mar
26
answered How does the Esbit stove perform in cold & wind?
Mar
2
comment Driving tent pegs into rocky ground
+1 for the narrow stakes idea. I am not much of a titanium kind of guy, but I usually carry two sets of stakes: regular plastic ones for soft ground, and thin aluminum "wire" ones for hard rocky ground. The aluminum bends pretty easily, but sometimes that is an advantage, they tend to find their way around larger rocks in the ground, and they are not too hard to straighten up when they bend. And if they get really out of shape, they are cheap enough to replace.
Feb
11
accepted For a DIY wood burning stove, is there a significant advantage of the double wall “bushbuddy” style?
Feb
9
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
7
asked For a DIY wood burning stove, is there a significant advantage of the double wall “bushbuddy” style?
Feb
3
comment What are the vitamin considerations for extended backpacking
Why the downvote?
Feb
3
comment First time camping, need advice
I like the part about putting your tent together before the trip. That way you won't end up like I did when I borrowed a tent from a friend, lugged it to the top of a mountain, only to discover that he gave me a wrong set of poles. Luckily I had enough rope to string the tent between two trees.
Feb
2
comment How to cheaply introduce someone to backpacking
+1. When you read a backpacking forum or visit an outfitter like REI, you would get an impression that backpacking is very expensive, but most of the time you really just very few things, unless you are doing something really extreme, and in that case it probably isn't a good idea to bring an inexperienced person along.
Feb
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awarded  Teacher
Feb
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awarded  Editor
Feb
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revised What are some good tips and techniques for packing a backpack?
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Feb
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comment How do I pack a mummy type sleeping bag in a M10 or M28 haversack?
Making their own compression sack seems what most people are doing to solve this problem.
Feb
1
accepted How do I pack a mummy type sleeping bag in a M10 or M28 haversack?
Feb
1
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
1
answered What are some good tips and techniques for packing a backpack?
Feb
1
revised How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Changed "winter" tag to "cold-weather"
Feb
1
comment How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
@bmike: soft drinks PET bottles are pretty strong and flexible, and do not shatter or tear easily. I have seen someone taking a PET bottle that was completely frozen, whacking it with the blunt side of an ax until the ice was pretty much completely pulverized, shaking the ice into a pot and melting it (the ice, not the bottle) over a fire. The bottle was pretty warped and beaten up, but it was still usable and did not leak.
Feb
1
accepted How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Feb
1
comment How to keep water cold in hot weather?
Some canteens have a felt cover on them that is designed for exactly that purpose. You moisten it periodically, and the evaporation will keep your water cool.