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Sep
9
comment Why is it unsafe to handle metallic equipment with bare hand at higher altitude?
It needs to be much colder than "a few degrees" below freezing to get stuck.
Sep
9
comment Why is it unsafe to handle metallic equipment with bare hand at higher altitude?
What kind of altitude and temperatures are we talking about here.
Sep
8
awarded  Famous Question
Sep
4
comment Can you boil an egg in dirty water?
@LightnessRacesinOrbit: Nature doesn't have a job. It just is what it is. The natural world is rough, disease filled, and violent. For most critters, life is a brutal experience barely clinging to survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_to_nature . And we don't do things through magic, they are done with science and technology.
Sep
4
comment Can you boil an egg in dirty water?
@LightnessRacesinOrbit: Ecosystem damage is pretty rampant outside the 'first world'.
Sep
4
comment Can you boil an egg in dirty water?
@LightnessRacesinOrbit: That's not really true, and nature isn't all that great at it anyway.
Aug
19
comment What foods are unsafe to cook over an open fire?
Solid chunks of beef only need to be seared if they came from a reputable butcher. If they came from the local discount grocer, then spent many hours in the Danger Zone (40-140F), it can be just as dangerous as pork sausages. Even if you kill all the bacteria, they can still leave behind toxins that will survive cooking. It's important to understand all aspects of food safety.
Aug
19
comment What foods are unsafe to cook over an open fire?
A sufficiently clueless cook can prepare meat steaming hot and too hot to touch....on the outside, with it still ice cold in the middle. I've seen it before.
Aug
18
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
18
answered What foods are unsafe to cook over an open fire?
Aug
5
comment How can I tell if I am dehydrated or have low electrolytes (need salt, etc.)?
"Once you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated." that's only true for very intense physical activity like running a marathon to win, or very high temperatures. Otherwise, relying on the feeling of thirst is just fine for healthy individuals.
Aug
5
comment How can I tell if I am dehydrated or have low electrolytes (need salt, etc.)?
Also, unless you are in a hot desert and sweating a great deal, low electrolytes is not really something you need to worry about.
Jul
31
comment Kayaks vs canadians from a beginner's perspective
As an American, not only is drinking beer in a canoe not illegal, it is highly recommended and often mandatory. Just bring cans.
Jul
25
comment Affordable Festival Tent
Why not just rent one?
Jul
19
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
11
comment How to fix a leak in a fibreglass kayak?
Epoxy is not necessarily stronger. You should use whichever the boat was originally made of. With that said, epoxy will be "good enough" if you don't know which to use.
Jul
6
comment Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
What kind of usage is it for? Car-camping? Backpacking?
Jul
6
comment Does water in the sun get purified from or polluted by algae, fungi and bacteria?
@erik: If the UV radiation sterilizes the water, what is going to make it green and ugly?
Jul
5
answered Does water in the sun get purified from or polluted by algae, fungi and bacteria?