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Nov
11
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@ab2 FART is the Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi or the Regional Bus and Rail company of the canton Ticino in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. The sign I linked points to the Intragna FART station.
Nov
9
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@OlinLathrop Feel free to use the ones that I did not source as being taken from elsewhere. I'll send an e-mail to the address you indicated with further info.
Nov
6
comment Walking through an active railway tunnel during a long distance walk
Mountaineers on the Eiger sometimes end up in the Eiger tunnel, such as reported in this account by Mark Seaton and Charles Sherwood who were almost killed, or in this Hollywood account inspired by an earlier adventure.
Oct
29
comment Walking through an active railway tunnel during a long distance walk
WALKING through a railway tunnel? I hope the railway is abandoned, if not, is there a special path along with it, or are you suicidal?
Oct
27
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
Not only does it last longer — it's also a lot more comfortable.
Oct
27
answered Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
Oct
27
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
The modern ultralights should be good for most any weather outside of snowstorms and severe windstorms. My experience with Big Agnes makes me disagree; I quickly returned to my Hilleberg after a single weekend with bad weather. As a commentary, I also don't think Hilleberg is expensive. My 500$ Akto costs less than a transatlantic flight but lasts a whole lot longer.
Oct
27
comment How to grade a trek?
@SebastiaanvandenBroek I'm sure you and me would not consider 20 km a long hike ;-) I was just trying to think if there could be anything that would render a hike in The Netherlands difficult. We don't have a lot of scrambling, loose stones, lethally deep precipices, challenging navigation, locations hours away from civilisation, unbridged river crossings, glacier crossings, bears, flash floods, deserts, steep slopes, long slopes, bush-whacking, or other hazards, so the only factor I can think of is length. I can replace 20 km by 35 km if that makes you happy :-)
Oct
27
comment How to grade a trek?
@SebastiaanvandenBroek I have no statistics on Dutch sportliness compared to average sportliness, but my subjective impression is that Dutch are below average hikers and that many would find 20 km a long hike. My subjective impression is based on logbooks and hikers I meet in the Alps, Scandinavia, and Canada, where I appear to meet more Swiss and Czechs than Dutch.
Oct
27
comment How to grade a trek?
See also my other, more specific answer.
Oct
26
comment Is the outdoor ”cottage industry” only about ultralight?
It's not a very good question (my question).
Oct
26
accepted Is the outdoor ”cottage industry” only about ultralight?
Oct
26
comment Is the outdoor ”cottage industry” only about ultralight?
Hmm. But surely there are other categories where markets are small, such as expedition gear for people crossing Greenland or Antarctica or so?
Oct
26
comment Is the outdoor ”cottage industry” only about ultralight?
Backpacks, dry bags, hiking poles, fording poles, mattresses, sleeping bags, tents. Anything that contributes significantly to overall pack mass (I will always consider the idea of an ultralight toothbrush to be ridiculous).
Oct
26
asked Is the outdoor ”cottage industry” only about ultralight?
Oct
26
comment Why are backpacks mostly not made of waterproof material?
@MasonWheeler I've virtually never done any backpacking trips where I wasn't rained on (except in winter), but my experiences with tents are very different from yours. Apart from a single experiment where I foolishly tried a cheap ultralight tent (Big Agnes) for a long weekend, I've never had problem with a leaking tent.
Oct
26
comment Why are backpacks mostly not made of waterproof material?
@MasonWheeler Dry bags are designed to keep their contents dry even when submerged in water (up to a certain pressure). Some backback dry bags apparently do exist, I haven't tried any. I've never had the contents of my dry bag become wet, even when everything else was soaked. So I don't agree with your suggestion that waterproof material does not exist.
Oct
26
comment Why are backpacks mostly not made of waterproof material?
@MasonWheeler I've camped in Norway enough and I don't think that's much drier. Waterproof material exists, otherwise, all bottled would leak.
Oct
26
comment How do I apply for a permit for the Zona de Reserva in Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema? Can it be done online?
@WW. Maybe. I do think it fits better here, but the audience is a whole lot larger there.
Oct
26
revised How to grade a trek?
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