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Sep
17
comment How do I achieve/maintain optimal hydration?
You are incorrect, Liam. In a hard hike, especially in the heat or at high altitude, it is common to lose water faster than your body realizes and makes you feel thirsty. If you don't keep on top of it, you WILL become dehydrated. If it's a leisurely hike with little physical exertion, then it's is not a problem. backpacker.com/skills/…
Sep
15
comment How do I achieve/maintain optimal hydration?
Paying attention to your thirst is not adequate in a physically stressful environment. You may drink too much, or you may drink too late, or both. In fact, when you push yourself really hard and don't keep up with the necessary water intake, your body may stop processing food and water in your stomach for a while, resulting in nausea and often vomiting. This is relatively common for people not acclimated to high altitudes.
Dec
15
comment What are some proven methods of training for week long backpacking trips in high altitude?
Aspirin or Ibuprofen reduces the puffy feeling you get in your head. It will also help you sleep better the first night or two at altitude. (Not scientific or medical info, just personal and secondhand experience.)
Dec
4
comment Avoiding tangles when leading on double ropes
I had to laugh! I have spent some time on a face with the sun setting, untangling double ropes.
May
18
comment old windfinder forecast googlemap
This might help: forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=44194
May
18
comment old windfinder forecast googlemap
It's possible, but I don't know how exactly. There might be some free apps. There are several commercial, such as Grib Explorer (ocens.com/GRIB-Explorer-P212.aspx). NOAA has the data format on their web site in case you can write an app for it.
May
15
comment Washing dishes with seawater or freshwater?
Coastal seawater sometimes has harmful organisms from sewage and animal waste -- enough for beach closures. I don't know any statistics or specifics. Just because it's salty does not mean bad stuff won't grow in it.
May
15
comment Washing dishes with seawater or freshwater?
I agree. We definitely should not imply that it's "the norm" to use untreated water for food, drink, or dish washing.
Feb
27
comment Do bag liners add the same warmth value to all sleeping bags?
It seems like it would depend on some other factors. For example, if the liner is porous and the sleeping bag is porous, then the liner will have less insulation in the wind. If the line is thin, then it will have less insulation on the snow (on the bottom), at least in the case of no or little insulating pad, than it would on dry ground because of the greater temperature differential and, as you mentioned, it changes physically under body weight.
Feb
26
comment Do cross-country skis need to be broken-in?
That's possible, I'm not sure. The snow temperature and texture might have more effect than that, as well as the ski width.
Feb
26
comment Do bag liners add the same warmth value to all sleeping bags?
You can probably add more than 15 degrees by wearing a bunch of fleece to bed (as long as it's dry), in case the liner doesn't work well.
Mar
18
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
This looks correct to me (except it assumes 100% digestion efficiency, and that doesn't alter the conclusion). Eating snow definitely hydrates. It also shows that eating 500ml worth of ice/snow could drop your body temperature around 1/3 of a degree (C) in the short term. This might be significant if you're where you need to eat snow -- just something to keep in mind.
Mar
17
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
I filter or boil it before I drink water from melted snow.
Mar
17
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Use mustard -- it won't go bad. :-)
Mar
15
comment Is it safe to camp in the desert without a tent?
In the Grand Canyon I'd worry about rain more than animals. Afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.
Mar
15
comment Mountaineering / glacial traverse: rope-up or go it alone?
I agree. Definitely rope up if you're not traveling alone. You cannot always see a crevasse. If weight is a factor, you can get by with an 8mm rope.
Mar
2
comment Driving tent pegs into rocky ground
If tent pegs don't hold, use rope tied to rocks and/or trees/bushes.
Mar
2
comment How can you prevent kids getting lost at night while camping?
Let 'em run! Keep an eye on them from a distance, but natural fear will probably keep them around, and can help if they need it. Encourage them to push their own boundaries.
Mar
2
comment Thinking about a road trip out West
For 2: Get a Rand McNally Road Atlas ($5-$10 from Walmart), and it will show State Parks you can camp at along the way. It's cheap, legal, and you get a shower.
Feb
22
comment What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
I've use tennis shoes sometimes when I didn't have climbing shoes with me. It's hard that way, but they work.