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location Saginaw, MI
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accepted What kind of canteen material will have the least effect on the taste of water?
Feb
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comment What kind of canteen material will have the least effect on the taste of water?
I have two 32 oz plastic bottles that I bough in the outdoors section of a local supermarket, that have almost no taste. Last year I got another one that looks almost the same, but has a different color, and no matter how many times I wash it, water gets a horrible plastic taste in it.
Feb
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awarded  Commentator
Feb
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accepted Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
Feb
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comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
In Michigan, most backpacking areas are open for hunting.
Feb
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awarded  Nice Question
Jan
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asked Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
Jan
31
asked How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Jan
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asked What kind of canteen material will have the least effect on the taste of water?
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awarded  Beta
Jan
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asked How do I pack a mummy type sleeping bag in a M10 or M28 haversack?
Jan
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comment How can I avoid putting cinder burn holes in my clothing?
Wear cheap stuff that you don't mind burning holes in.
Jan
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awarded  Quorum
Jan
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comment Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
@Graham: I understand that the tent will not offer any physical protection, I just want to know, am I actually inviting the bears to eat me when sleeping outside. You know, like if you don't hide your head in the sleeping bag, the wild foxes will come and chew it up.
Jan
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awarded  Suffrage
Jan
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comment How can I start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
I do not agree with that. I know number of people who can do it reliably, in bad weather, rain, snow, etc. If you know what you are doing, you can rely on it just as much as you can rely on matches or lighters. there are obviously different camping styles, some people like to bring all sorts of modern tools and equipment, others prefer to "stay closer to nature", and for those, making fire in a way that people used for 100's of years may be of great value.
Jan
26
comment Which will drain less body heat: lying on bare earth or bare rock?
I think it would greatly depend on the type of rock or soil. Sandstone should be ok, I would not want to sleep on granite without an insulation of some kind. It will also depend on the season, whether the rock was sitting in the sun all day, etc.
Jan
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comment How can I be absolutely sure my fire is safely extinguished?
+1 for the root advice. I would add, never make fire on peat. One may think it is safe to make a fire in a wet and boggy area, but your fire can dry the peat underneath enough for it to start smoldering, and one can start a peat fire that will burn for months and spread into a very large area.
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted Will a tent provide some protection from bears?