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Bob Webster from Pryor, OK


Feb
12
comment Prevent mosquito bites: insect repellent patch or just eat vitamin B1?
If you are going into (or are in) an area with widespread malaria, I would seriously consider taking some better precautions than B1. If you won't consider deet, mosquito netting may be a good idea. If you're not in malaria country, then it's not as important.
Feb
12
comment Which stove fuel has best weight to bulk to heat ratio?
This assumes that the efficiency of the different stoves is the same. Like Peter says, the Jetboil is supposed to be more efficient. Also, with white gas you lose a little every time you light it while you wait for the fuel tubes to heat up. Also, altitude and cold weather affect propane and gas stoves differently. I'm not sure how it balances out.
Feb
11
comment Should I get trekking poles for snowshoeing, or stick with ski poles?
I've broken a carbon pole before -- does that count as bending?
Feb
3
comment Are there any reliable and/or easy to use “rule of thumb” guides for windchill calculations?
Yes, but windchill alone is insufficient.
Feb
3
comment Are there any reliable and/or easy to use “rule of thumb” guides for windchill calculations?
Temperature and wind speed individually are more important than wind chill. You won't get frostbite at 33F, no matter how hard the wind is blowing, and you certainly need to dress differently if it's cold and the wind is blowing 40 mph.
Feb
1
comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
An orange cap is probably sufficient (2). If you do that and stay on a trail (4) you should be safe. As a courtesy to hunters, it's nice to start out a couple hours after sunrise and finish up an hour or two before sunset.
Jan
31
comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
There are many millions of acres of public land open to hunting in the U.S.
Jan
30
comment What should you look for when buying hiking socks?
Fungus grow on feet much more than bacteria. Socks don't remove fungus or bacteria, but fungus grows better in moist environments. Cotton socks are fine for day hikes, especially in ventilated tennis shoes.
Jan
30
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
Make an estimate based on trail length, elevation gain, physical conditioning, load carried, and weather. Then multiply by 2.
Jan
30
comment Is bear spray effective against other animals?
Works well on people. (Keep the lid on.)
Jan
28
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
It depends on how deep it and swift it is. If it's dangerous, walk upstream and downstream to find a crossing that's not dangerous.
Jan
28
comment If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
It depends how lost you are, how far away from a road you are, how long you can last in the heat/cold, how much water you have and need, whether you have a communications device, whether people will be looking for you, and etc. In other words, you will need to think things through logically.
Jan
28
comment What is the most important survival tool I should have when in the wilderness?
Common sense...
Jan
28
comment Time of high / low tide
You can get a rough prediction after the first observed tide using 6:15 or 12:30 hours between tides.
Jan
27
comment When sailing, how do I rescue a man overboard?
Keeping the man downwind: This depends on the boat and the weather. If it's really windy and wavy, which is the most popular time to fall off a boat, the wind and waves can blow the boat over the top of the MOB. In some cases it is better to approach the MOB from downwind (assuming you're under power), leaving the boat pointed into the wind. This allows the boat to maintain position while the MOB is being hauled on board. If the boat cannot maintain an "into the wind" posture, it might be possible to point downwind and use reverse engine(s) to maintain position.
Jan
27
comment What are the rules for eating raw, wild meat?
Tuna can be served raw without being frozen in the U.S., just not other fish.
Jan
27
comment How long is too long to suffer from constipation in the back country?
If you're in a "pack it out" area for a day or two, a little constipation might be a lucky break! :-) More seriously, severe intestinal cramps can occur at altitude with not too much constipation. Gas needs to get out one way or the other.
Jan
27
comment When sailing, how do I rescue a man overboard?
In a larger boat with adequate engine(s), you should use the engines rather than sails to turn around.
Jan
27
comment What are the most important indicators of an high-risk avalanche zone?
#5 is the biggest, but #3 is definitely the most immediate. It's a little like hair standing on end in a thunderstorm.
Jan
27
comment What are the rules for eating raw, wild meat?
Watch out for Hepatitis E: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15258970