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Dec
5
comment Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?
Camp with just a tarp in northern Minnesota or southern Florida and you'll understand.
Dec
3
comment How safe is drinking distilled water?
Surviving on a lifeboat where you somehow managed to bring a bunch of glassware onto it without it breaking? Sunburn and exposure will be your immediate concerns there.
Dec
2
answered How safe is drinking distilled water?
Dec
2
comment How safe is drinking distilled water?
The claims about the caustic behaviors of purified water in this thread are false. Yes, distilled and deionized water can be very corrosive, but it will not 'burn through' stainless steal or many other metals for that matter.
Nov
21
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Nov
21
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Nov
2
answered What are the relative advantages of .308 and .30-06
Oct
31
comment Would a scope from an air gun work on a “real” gun?
The scope is unlikely to be fit for a .308, but would probably work for a .22 or similar.
Sep
30
comment Which one is scientifically better for carrying water during an expedition: A hard fiber bottle or an Aluminium Bottle?
There is no such thing as "scientifically better". There are only trade-offs.
Sep
9
comment What's the fastest and easiest way to replace an in-boom outhaul?
I think we'll need some pics or details about the specific boat to have any chance of providing useful information.
Sep
8
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
@DonBranson: Not necessarily. Many of the organisms present in one animals feces are swiftly dealt with when they make it to the gut of another animal species, while others can jump species. It generally depends on the area and what animals, but burying your own stuff guarantees you won't contribute to the problem.
Sep
8
answered Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
Sep
5
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
Also, lol at "bear bottles"
Sep
5
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@Don Branson: my thoughts exactly.
Sep
5
answered Learning to find north using moon phases
Aug
28
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Aug
28
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Aug
24
answered Can you tell if a plant is edible by watching what animals eat it?
Aug
19
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@hippietrail: that is true, however the OP mentioning that his efforts were ruined by going through wet areas, leaving him moist and unable to dry. That is the breeding ground for fungal infections.
Aug
8
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
@DonBranson: statistics do tell the whole story. With a firearm, you have several individual shots where you need to accurately place a round at a rather small, possibly fast moving target, which is no easy feat. With the bear spray, you have 7-10 seconds of continuous spray which means you can see where it's going and home in on your target, which is something even young children are capable of doing. The bear spray is statistically better because it is vastly easier to use successfully.