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Apr
27
comment wilderness maps
@Mark Thank you for this caveat. Also, being 8 km from several major interstate highways in open terrain is quite different than being 2 km from an inaccessible 4WD road with some major obstacles in-between.
Apr
26
comment How can I tell a “trail shoe” from a regular sport shoe?
I have hiking shoes, my post/posts were mostly the surprise to see many people on hiking trails do not; and to me their shoes looked like regular sport shoes, but many probably were closer to trail shoes, but not hiking boots. I thought, either they're all irresponsible, or I'm missing something. I'm quite happy with my hiking boots, but apparently some say that trail shoes are superior even for heavy hiking.
Apr
26
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
Excellent answer, thank you.
Apr
26
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
As for the stream crossings, I fail to see how you would cross a 15 cm deep stream on 10 cm high shoes, when I can just walk through on my 20 cm high shoes without getting my feet wet. Same for walking through swamps. Whereas I can possibly see some of the other points you mention, the stream crossings one doesn't make any sense to me unless you can jump very far. How do you keep your feet dry?
Apr
26
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
I'm not sure exactly what a trail shoe is. I have asked. Regardless of my confusion and disagreement (I frequently cross streams that are wide and shallow enough for high boots to be tremendously helpful), your post does answer my question. I don't think I've ever tried technical trail shoes.
Apr
26
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
Regardless of waterproofness, if they're 5 cm high they can't keep me dry in the same swamps and streams as when they're 25 cm high (I added a third, more extreme example, that I often see used in Scandinavia).
Apr
26
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
I don't know think I quite agree with you. In places like Sarek Nationalpark, I haven't seen people hiking on light-weight shoes. Could you link an example of such a trail shoe? Are they for sale in regular stores, or must one go to "cottage manufacturers" such as for a lot of quality ultralight gear? To me, the footwear I saw people use in Zion National Park seemed no different from regular sport shoes, that I tried to use for hiking exactly once on a painful day hike on Churfirsten (just one, not all seven).
Apr
25
comment Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
I noticed that yesterday when visiting two outdoor stores (Blacks and Mountain Hardwear), that neither of them sold any shoes I would consider hiking in. Surprised to see this in the UK, where neither wet terrain nor rocky terrain is in short supply.
Apr
24
comment Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT
See also Mountain bothies for a comparable concept in Britain.
Apr
18
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
Is this for open terrain, where we can watch far-away features easily as long as the weather is clear, or for dense forest? Why would you choose to use directions found on the internet over a (topographic) map?
Apr
18
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
That won't work in England for lack of sunshine.
Apr
18
comment Will a compass work underground or underwater?
Yes, unless you're near large quantities of iron ore…
Apr
18
comment What range should I expect for a reasonable set of walkie-talkies / two-way radio?
@BenCrowell There's a tradeoff indeed.
Apr
18
comment What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?
@Mr.Derpinthoughton That's why the question is for both countries.
Apr
18
comment What range should I expect for a reasonable set of walkie-talkies / two-way radio?
@StrongBad Cell phones are not an option anywhere I go backpacking. It's either two way radio or satellite phone.
Mar
23
comment How do I apply for a permit for the Zona de Reserva in Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema? Can it be done online?
That appears to be for guided tours, not just for permits, right? Permits are free of charge and that page asks €8.
Mar
17
comment How do I apply for a permit for the Zona de Reserva in Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema? Can it be done online?
I forgot to post it here as an answer, but ultimately I obtained a permit by e-mailing pn.grazalema.cmaot@juntadeandalucia.es. with the indicated information. Judging from the number of people on the trail, I must conclude that the majority hikes without a permit.
Mar
17
comment What sleep quality do you get in the outdoors?
I sleep FAR better outdoors than indoors. I sleep in a warm sleeping bag in a tent.
Mar
14
comment What's the problem with burying toilet paper?
@BenCrowell In the original question, the paper wasn't buried, which I think is a small but significant difference.
Mar
14
comment Leave-no-trace-exception for tissues?
Hmm, then why not bury toilet paper?