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May
8
comment Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT
@RafalZiolkowski DNT huts (manned or unmanned) are more luxurious, require a fee, and if unmanned, a key. They do also have basic shelters, though.
Apr
27
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
I finally ended up for a somewhat heavier Hilleberg instead.
Apr
22
comment Any sites/apps for sharing and rating hiking/hillwalking routes?
I was going to close this as a duplicate of a question I asked years ago, but mine got closed as off-topic. Either way, there's Everytrail, Wikiloc, and many others.
Apr
17
comment The re-hydration time for deydrated foods
Ah, I solve that by eating lots of nuts.
Apr
17
comment The re-hydration time for deydrated foods
Cost-effective? When outdoor meals are €1.60/meal, how can one save significant money on such a tiny part of an outdoor trip budget? For the money I spent just on getting to and from the trailhead for my last big hike (Toronto to Canadian Rockies), I can get buy hundreds of outdoor meals.
Apr
1
comment What's the best way to dispose of a body in the backcountry?
@Mark The question did not indicate whether we're talking about a chipmunk, a human, or a moose.
Apr
1
comment What's the best way to dispose of a body in the backcountry?
@djechlin That's one of the reasons why you need to start with carrying everything up to the area where only rocks and ice remain. The other reason is that this means no vegetation is damaged.
Apr
1
comment What's the best way to dispose of a body in the backcountry?
@djechlin Let's remove animals and plants from The Great Outdoors then, for violating leave no trace.
Apr
1
comment What's the best way to dispose of a body in the backcountry?
I've always understood leave no trace to mean there should be no trace after you finished whatever you're doing. Clearly as long as you exist you are observable in some way.
Feb
27
comment Shoulder season backpacking near Whistler (early June)
Sure, I don't expect to be alone so close to Vancouver, I just meant that if there is one trail that is super-spectacular with 90% of the crowd, and another trail that is slightly less spectacular with 10% of the crowd, I tend to go for the latter.
Feb
10
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
Would you know if there is an easy way to find out access rights before getting there? If a certain 30 km stretch of logging road has unambiguous signs prohibiting entry to all, a detour might be 200 km, which is not optimal if I have a train to catch. I'd need to find out who owns the road.
Feb
10
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
It's not really cycling specific, is it? I would assume it is the same for any non-motorised traffic access. I actually started writing it on Travel.SE first. It fits on all three of those. Let's see if I get answers here. If not, I might flag for migration.
Feb
3
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@Wills Warm air contains a lot more water than cold air. 100% RH at -20°C is 6.4 * 10^-4 g/m³. 100% RH at +20°C is 1.5 * 10^-2 g/m³ — around 20x times more. That's why you can see your breath when it's cold outside, even if it's try — the humidity is too much for the air to contain.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@OlinLathrop True that. I've recently spent a week in a desert for the first time (ironically with cloudy, windy, 5°C drizzle, in the Chihuahuan desert) but I don't understand how backpacking trips are possible — carrying 20 litre of water per person for a 4 day trip?!
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
100% humidity is not rare at all in winter, but 100% humidity in winter is still quite dry. Any time you're walking through fog you're walking through 100% humidity.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
I've done 10-hour hikes through rainy weather at 5°C where I didn't drink more than 1 litre. But during those hikes I passed by potable water probably 6 times per hour, so I never had to worry about running out of water.
Jan
12
comment From an outdoor recreation point of view, does it matter who manages a national monument?
As for preservation and native people; I know that in Canada they established National park and preserve for a protected area where aboriginal people retain grandfathered "natural" rights. But that's relatively recent, and I don't know if the USA has something equivalent (would be a different question and maybe not a great fit on Outdoors.SE).
Jan
11
comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
Do you have any sources that confirm this?
Nov
28
comment How to rate a walk/hike by length, height gain, etc using analysis of GPS data?
10% is most definitely noticeable.
Nov
21
comment How can I avoid an encounter with a large feline?
Is it different from safety from polar bears in the Arctic?