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Jan
17
comment Will drinking lots of water in the day(s) prior to a long trek mean I will need less water on the trek?
While I agree with the gist of your answer, citing what happens to Boston Marathon participants, in a competition no less, is in no way a useful representation of the hydration behavior of 'normal' people, or to be used as a guide for anyone other than similar athletic competitors.
Jan
15
comment Why did the wolf-pack withdraw from attacking me?
@BladeRunner: don't be so sure of yourself. Wolves make a living by killing animals that are often much bigger than humans. They can crush the bones in your arm if they get their mouth around it, and they are fast and you'd be lucky to get even one hand on its neck. While you may be able to ultimately prevail, it would by no means be an easy fight and you would almost certainly not come out unscathed if the wolf was going to fight until the end.
Dec
24
comment Camping 3000 miles from home: how best to get our gear to the campsite?
Checking your gear is the way to go, however, don't leave your fuel in your bag, either ship that or buy it at your destination.
Dec
24
comment Camping 3000 miles from home: how best to get our gear to the campsite?
Are you backpacking or car-camping at your destination?
Dec
5
comment What are the most frequent crimes perpetrated by people against people in the Great Outdoors?
No data to support this claim, but theft from unattended vehicles in parks probably encompasses 90% of the crimes.
Nov
26
comment Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?
@Mark: only in hollywood. Just the action of many weapons is noisy, which a silencer can do nothing about.
Nov
25
comment Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?
More like impossible, even with suppressors firearms are still quite loud.
Nov
25
comment Identify this sailing insigina
Pics of the hull would also be useful.
Nov
25
comment Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?
Emotional preferences account for about 99% of our preferences for stuff like this, you know.
Oct
19
comment Acclimitization: Would 20 min at an “oxygen bar” deliver more than an ephermal boost to a healthy person?
I went to one of those oxygen bars at a ski resort because we were bored and had money to waste. It was a complete waste of money.
Oct
8
comment Are there any electrically heated winter gloves?
Frankly, "military grade" for a lot of stuff doesn't mean that it's all that great. What gloves are you using?
Sep
15
comment How do I achieve/maintain optimal hydration?
xpda: paying attention to your thirst is fine, it's a biological control with half a billion years of development.
Sep
11
comment How do I calculate how much lift an outrigger needs?
Frankly you should not bother trying to calculate it, you should just eyeball something, lash everything up, and give it a shot and see how it goes. Humanity has been designing boats for thousands of years and we still haven't figured everything out perfectly.
Aug
13
comment Tips for Cooking with Unseasoned (green) Firewood
Why not just avoid the problem and use charcoal?
Aug
12
comment Is Kamikaze knot safe with ropes of different diameters?
That knot as pictured looks super dodgy
Aug
10
comment Pack of coyotes in my neighborhood
To sum up the answers: your dog must always be with you when outside, and it must be on a leash.
Aug
8
comment Should I go to New-Zealand on November instead of December just to make it to the Milford track?
Ask the NZ Dept of Conservation. They'll know what's up, and there are many amazing great walk tracks that would not be a disappointing alternative.
Aug
8
comment What are the Pros and Cons of No-Cook Backpacking?
I think you not being a big fan of hot food makes you different than 95% of the rest of the population :)
Aug
3
comment Why do some climbing ropes have smaller load bearing than some paracords?
that page doesn't specify 10g, plus, the claim of 12kN is also suspect, as it depends on the person and how the force is delivered. An ejection seat delivers around 15g to the pilot when activated, which for a 90 kg pilot would be 13kN of force, and while injuries are common, they usually don't kill the pilot. The basic idea of your answer is correct, but I'd leave out the numbers as their correctness requires an added degree of complexity that doesn't really matter for this question.
Aug
3
comment Why do some climbing ropes have smaller load bearing than some paracords?
I agree with this post, though your 10g figure is a bit low.