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Feb
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comment Largest protected forest (ancient woodland) in England?
@Aravona Ok. Then I will settle for "no commercial logging".
Jan
31
comment Largest protected forest (ancient woodland) in England?
@Aravona I know that the Brits use the word National Park for places that include logging, mining, and agriculture. But I believe that in nature reserves, they do not permit those. That's why in my question, I specified what I mean by protected. I believe that undisturbed forests do not exist in the UK, but I might be wrong.
Jan
29
comment Largest protected forest (ancient woodland) in England?
@Erik Hmm, do you reckon the largest protected forest in England is private and closed to the public? If so, I'd be interested in knowing both the largest protected forest overall, and the largest protected forest with (possibly limited) public access (perhaps some public rights of way that visitors must not depart from).
Jan
29
comment Does it help to play a fake sound when confronted with a wild animal?
The systems emit replicated cougar sounds, and may keep coyotes away … … 10 minutes later, a cougar approaches…
Jan
27
comment Can a human survive in Saltstraumen or other whirlpool?
Consider your second point; strong experienced swimmers can also drown in rip tides and currents.
Jan
27
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
Off-trail is harder, but the OP is not proposing to prepare maps for off-trail use...
Jan
26
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
Another problem: a commercial map-maker will want to focus on popular areas, but in popular areas following the trail is easy even with a large-scale map. Following a rarely trodden trail, maps are essential, but such maps can never be profitable. Hence, I always end up relying on maps produced with public data such as collected by topographic institutes.
Jan
26
comment Is there a (long-distance-) trail without any available maps?
Most of the northern part of Kungsleden is covered by Norge-Serien (1:50,000). In combination with the special Kebnekaise map (1:20,000) that covers most or all of Dag Hammarskjöld-leden, although Kungsleden through Stuor Muorkke is not fully covered. I've also seen dedicated Abisko Nationalpark maps, though very old. However, on a trail so clear and crowded in a landscape so open, a more detailed scale than 1:100,000 is hardly necessary.
Jan
19
comment What is the safest and most effective additive to keep drinking water from freezing?
A good thermos with hot water in the sleeping bag is no use, though ;-)
Jan
7
comment Is it safe to drink snow?
Are you sure it is safe to drink rainfall in industrialised areas, even when it is acid rain?
Dec
21
comment As Mountaineers what can we give back to Mountains?
UK national parks are unlike national parks in (any?) other countries. Of course, barring public rights of way, private organisations can close off slots of land to any human activity completely, allowing nature to recover. See also outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/8889/566.
Dec
17
comment When is the best time of year to find the North Pole?
There is never a good time to find the North Pole.
Dec
17
comment When is the best time of year to find the North Pole?
@JamesJenkins Day and night do not last 3 months at the north pole. They last 6 months. And the period of daylight actually lasts 7–8 months due to twilight
Dec
17
comment When is the best time of year to find the North Pole?
Also consider that the north pole is a very cloudy place where you might well not see the Sun for weeks.
Dec
17
comment I never adjust for true north. Is this bad practice?
Fortunately, measuring latitude is relatively straightforward.
Dec
14
comment When/Where do foxes attack humans?
Anyway, in their natural habitat they are extremely shy Not so on Santa Cruz Island where they have the audacity (and size) of a cat. Island fox.
Dec
10
comment Is camping at Zion National Park in mid-December feasible?
Camping with what kind of equipment? Backpacking in a small tent, front-country car camping in medium-sized tent on the official park campground, RV ”camping” on a commercial campground in Springdale...?
Dec
8
comment Protection from rain - running vs. walking
Bring a raincoat.
Dec
1
comment How to determine the thickness of ice?
@RoryAlsop But water is also likely very shallow at the edge, so falling through at the edge might just get you wet ankles rather than in mortal danger.
Nov
18
comment How to react to cattle charging towards you?
@mattnz Just curious, is there a difference in dairy and beef cows charging?