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Aug
21
comment Why do some fisheries have a lower size limit and others have an upper size limit for keeping fish?
There is scientific debate about whether it's better to catch the young or the adults. For example, see BBC News.
Aug
20
comment Recommended ascents for the improving mountaineer
@Tim I was chased by a herd of cows a month ago. They are scary.
Aug
20
comment Recommended ascents for the improving mountaineer
Although I haven't been there myself, ascending Mont Blanc is technically not the most difficult mountain, as it's mostly a long, high, cold, and perhaps boring hike over ever-unchanging snow-covered slopes. Until you try to go down through the maze that the glaciers falling down on the Chamonix side are, that is.
Aug
12
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Aug
6
comment What safety precautions should I take on the Appalachian Trail?
Dangerous people ;-)
Jul
29
answered Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
Jul
27
comment Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
See also this question and the European wilderness map (some in Germany and Ireland, none in the UK).
Jul
27
comment Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
Something else I learned recently: the word forest does not imply trees. Royal forests were areas declared to be outside (Latin foris) the law of the land. So the treeless Forest of Bowland may have been treeless since pre-human times. Of course New Forest differs from modern U.S. wildernesses (but so did Yellowstone when founded!). For current parks it's of course fairer to compare UK to Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany than to US, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Russia.
Jul
27
comment Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
I agree that the New Forest is not protected in the same way as national parks in past or present. Our views on conservation change over time; the 11th century New Forest hunting reserve, the 16th century royal hunting preserve in the Białowieża Forest, 19th century Yellowstone (where wolves were killed and natives were chased out) are all quite different from current U.S. wilderness areas and national preserves. I stand corrected about farming in the New Forest.
Jul
27
revised When can a glacier be crossed without special gear (axes, crampons, rope, etc.)?
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Jul
27
comment When can a glacier be crossed without special gear (axes, crampons, rope, etc.)?
@BenCrowell Right. I did not intend to give a complete description of all the necessary gear.
Jul
27
comment Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
Interestingly, arguably the first "protected" area in the world was the New Forest, which had been a royal hunting ground since 1079. Although the motivation differs from modern times, if a powerful king decides it his his exclusive right to use this land, yet only does so twice a year, it does lead to form of protection from long before the times of Yosemite (until the Royal Navy decided they needed the woods). But that is a question of history/politics moreso than outdoors.
Jul
26
asked When can a glacier be crossed without special gear (axes, crampons, rope, etc.)?
Jul
26
comment Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
@jamesqf Again true, but again, the same is true for most of western Europe, where national parks meeting IUCN II /do/ exist. IUCN does not equate national park with wilderness. Even the Laponia heritage sites in northern Scandinavia are not strictly wildernesses.
Jul
26
comment Where can we go backpacking out West under 8,500 feet that has much of the feel of much higher altitudes
I agree that east of the Rocky Mountains in North America, there don't seem to be spectacular mountains until you reach the Torngat Mountains, but personally I'd be scared of trekking there because of polar bears.
Jul
26
comment Where can we go backpacking out West under 8,500 feet that has much of the feel of much higher altitudes
@ab2 Yes, it was, although not near where the photos I took were taken (not all of Norway is granite). I'm guessing the hotel where it was filmed might have received an increase in guests. It doesn't seem to be that more expensive than staying at the Big Sur or in the Canadian Rockies.
Jul
26
comment Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
I understand that naturally UK national parks can't be on the scale of US ones, but a comparison with other western European countries is more fair. As for old mines, I can understand reasoning behind protecting cultural landscapes as well as natural, but usually that's not called a national park. Not making a value judgement here; just recognising (as the UK national park agency does) that UK national parks are different.
Jul
26
comment Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?
Not big enough for the likes of US or Swedish national parks, sure. But Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Ireland, all have national parks classed as Category II so I don't think it's a matter of size. I can see how logging can be classed as "nature management" or even a reversal of damaging afforestation, but you can't say the same about a new gold mine in a national park...
Jul
26
reviewed Reviewed Where to get the DOS version of “DataTalk” (for Aladin diving computers)?
Jul
26
comment Where to get the DOS version of “DataTalk” (for Aladin diving computers)?
Try Software Recommendations.