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Oct
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revised How much should your backpack weigh?
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Oct
14
comment How much should your backpack weigh?
Dehydrated meals needn't be expensive. I buy them from Amazon and spend less than €1.50 per meal. The only downside is that I use slightly more fuel than others, as it needs to boil for several minutes, but I pay that happily.
Oct
14
comment How much should your backpack weigh?
Be careful with too modest a safety margin. In September 2014 I got stuck in the Canadian Rockies during a freak September winter storm with snowfall down to 1400 metre that didn't melt for a week. It took me three extra days to get back to safety. I was happy I had several extra days worth of food and fuel (water is plentiful there).
Oct
14
comment How much should your backpack weigh?
I camped with an ultralight tent exactly once (Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1), but quickly reverted to tents that can handle weather. Ultralight is not for me, I prefer to be warm and safe at night.
Oct
14
answered How much should your backpack weigh?
Oct
14
revised How much should your backpack weigh?
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Sep
28
revised Backpacking in the Winter (Michigan)
SI units
Aug
29
awarded  Taxonomist
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
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awarded  Notable Question
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.