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bio website svsu.edu/~jhlavace
location Saginaw, MI
age 45
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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
1
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
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
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.
Feb
1
comment What kind of canteen material will have the least effect on the taste of water?
Good point about the metal taste. I don't actually mind the metal taste as much as plastic, but some people do.
Feb
1
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
1
comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
In Michigan, most backpacking areas are open for hunting.
Jan
27
comment How can I avoid putting cinder burn holes in my clothing?
Wear cheap stuff that you don't mind burning holes in.
Jan
26
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
26
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
26
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.
Jan
26
comment Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
I understand that the tent fabric will not provide any physical protection, what I am wondering is if a bear is more likely to attack someone just sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag than a person it cannot actually see because they are in a tent.
Jan
25
comment How can I start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
Hm, that's strange. I suppose all the times I have seen people do it in a real life situation, I must have been hallucinating. Of course you need to know what you are doing, but frankly, if you cannot chop a straight piece of wood and cut a notch in it with a knife, what in the ... are you doing in wilderness?
Jan
25
comment Is it worth buying a footprint?
You a lucky you did not run across any hungry ants. Few years ago, when backpacking in Cyprus, I woke up one morning with my tent full of tiny little ants. It turned out that when pitching the tent in the dark at night, I built it right on top of a fairly large ant hole. When they found their front entrance blocked by my tent floor, they decided to chew their way right through it. Very nice neat round little hole they made.