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Jan
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comment If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
I think in your second point (get busy making your camp) you should stress how important it is to stay put. Otherwise, you'll always be a step ahead of Search and Rescue. Countless stories of people being lost in the woods for days all revolve around the fact that they didn't stop moving...
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Jan
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comment How should I check climbing equipment to tell whether it is still safe to use?
"Couple of years" sounds too much for a rope if you want to lead on it, and on rope the damage over time doesn't really show.
Jan
27
comment When sailing, how do I rescue a man overboard?
Practice this a lot! Judging just when to point into the wind to stop at the MOB is really hard.
Jan
25
comment How do I self arrest without an ice axe?
For this reason, it should become clear that whenever you plan on bringing crampons, you must also bring an ice axe. If you don't wear crampons, try to kick your feet into the snow.
Jan
25
comment What things should I look for when buying a compass?
Also note that earth's magnetic field not only points north, but also, depending on where you are, slightly up or down. Get a compass that is made for the hemisphere (north/south) you intend it to use in, otherwise the needle might get stuck on the bottom/top of the compass
Jan
25
comment How can I stay warm in subzero weather?
@Different55 Fair enough. But if it's cold then you need good insulation from the ground. For extra warmth, you can put a foam pad under an inflatable thermarest.
Jan
25
answered Which side of an emergency blanket should I use?
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Jan
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comment Can any waterborne pathogens survive boiling?
There's one more caveat: While boiling kills most bacterias responsible for food-borne illnesses, boiling doesn't necessarily destroy their spores/toxins. One infamous example is botulism.
Jan
25
comment How should I remove a tick?
Nice to see that most answers emphasize the evenly part. Ticks aren't screws, so pulling them out counterclockwise or clockwise as some people like to tell you, won't do any good.
Jan
25
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
Ryley, but if you do own a rope, more experienced people are more likely to take you with them and teach you stuff. That's what I did: Got a rope pretty soon and then said to experienced climbers: Hey, would you help me with setting up secure anchors if I provide you with a rope and a ride? Has worked pretty well so far :)
Jan
25
comment How can I stay warm in subzero weather?
I thought using a sleeping mat/sleeping pad was something obvious, even just for comfort: Hard ground vs. soft mat
Jan
24
answered How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
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Jan
24
comment How to reduce the annoying sound of falling raindrops on a tent?
I think it's something one can get used to. But if not, earplugs are the natural solution.