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May
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revised 5-hour loop hike near Boulder, Colorado
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May
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asked 5-hour loop hike near Boulder, Colorado
Apr
28
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@MichaelKjörling You haven't quantified good. You wrote, I am looking primarily for something that will work well for walking and bicycling; a 20 metre accuracy does work well for walking and bicycling. You won't get lost if you're 20 metres off. You won't even notice before you get home and plot the track into Google Earth or similar software. That being said, I rarely experience less than 10 metre accuracy unless I'm in a canyon or so.
Apr
27
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@ppl I guess I was confused with the battery type. I admit that I don't know too much about screens.
Apr
27
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@ppl Well, all other things being equal those features do drain the battery. A disadvantage of Lithium batteries I find is that they're harder to charge or replace in the wild (I usually take non-rechargeable batteries so I can replace them; with lithium batteries I would need to charge them, which can be difficult in the wild)
Apr
27
answered How to select a good GPS receiver?
Apr
21
comment What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?
The western US is a dry environment — I know that's true for Nevada, most of California, etc., but I don't think it's true for e.g. Olympic National Park, is it?
Apr
21
comment PLB or satphone rental in the USA?
I'll be in the US for a month but only hiking for 5 days, so then I'll need to rent it much longer than I need to. I might just stick with telling a source where I go and when I should be back, though.
Apr
21
revised Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
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Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
I find it interesting that the wolf (and the grizzly bear?) has been extirpated from most of the contiguous US, black bears seem to be thriving. In Europe, both have been virtually extirpated by humans.
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
@BenCrowell Thanks for the clarification! I will accept that American bears are different from European bears (I guess the bear density in the US is higher than in Norway, too).
Apr
21
asked What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
The bears know the rules?! ;-)
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
@Roflo My question was not if I should use it or not, but if it needs to be in there permanently. I thought, perhaps they are foldable and bears will shy away from walking humans but that they're only needed during the night. I've never met a wild animal larger than an insect that doesn't run away at full speed at the first notice of a human.
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
@DavidR Well, as an example, authorities in the Alps recommend not drinking from streams and buying bottled water at the mountain huts instead, but this recommendation is frankly ridiculous. That's why I have a healthy skepticism toward recommendations from authorities, and the question should I take this rule seriously can be justified; hence my wonder. Indeed I've never been to the USA, I read that bears are a real issue there (in Scandinavia there are bears but they're scared of people) so that I will take seriously.
Apr
21
accepted Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
Ah, I already have all my food in two layers of ziplock bags by default.
Apr
21
comment Can I get away with less advanced food storing methods if backpacking in areas where meeting bears is unlikely?
I'm more worried about the bulky volume than amout the weight, they seem very big...
Apr
21
accepted PLB or satphone rental in the USA?
Apr
21
comment PLB or satphone rental in the USA?
Surely there are commercial places that rent them out? I've always rented in Sweden...