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Mar
16
comment What's a realistic distance to expect boys aged 11-17 to sea kayak in a single day?
Are you going out on the ocean, an inland sea, or lakes?
Mar
15
comment What can I do on a honeymoon in New Zealand while five months pregnant?
@mattnz: The deaths on the Tongariro crossing are pretty much always people that went completely unprepared for the alpine environment. It's pretty easy to avoid getting into trouble.
Feb
5
comment What is the most effective way to flee from an alligator?
Cold blooded animals have plenty of stamina to last through a fight to the death; If an alligator/croc can wrestle for hours with a wildebeest to victory, it could definitely handle a measly human.
Jan
30
comment Tree skiing/riding in Colorado
I know it's not Colorado, but I've always enjoyed the tree skiing in SLC, esp Brighton.
Jan
17
comment How to camp in wolf country?
Coyotes are also a lot smaller than wolves, and don't hunt in groups. An adult human would dominate a coyote.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@Aravona: and do you dehydrate while not getting thirsty?
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@Aravona: that often repeated claim is really only true during very intense physical activity, or in very hot environments. For most situations, drinking when thirsty is a perfectly suitable system.
Jan
13
comment Is it true that, in cold conditions, you will freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any?
You can read this wiki article for more information on the physics behind it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet-bulb_temperature
Dec
26
comment Are there any sunglasses with prescription insert that does not alter depth sense?
How old are you, when's the last time you had an eye exam, and when's the last time you had a corrective insert made?
Dec
4
comment How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?
As others have mentioned, spitting on an electric fence will not result in it sizzling. Electric fences don't deliver enough power to do that. Furthermore, the whole "amps vs volts" thing for lethality is a huge, improperly simplified model. It's much more complicated than simply "amps kill".
Nov
26
comment Divers deliberately breathing fast before diving into water
It's a good way to drown. Don't do it. See en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_water_blackout for the details on why it's a bad idea.
Nov
19
comment Will a down sleeping bag recover 100% after being squeezed if it's not for a long time?
16 hours in a row is close to expected usage for many backpacking adventures.
Oct
18
comment Is a Canoe Bike a viable mode of human powered amphibious transportation?
Considering how few of these contraptions are constructed, anything we can offer is going to be pure speculation. I think you should email the creators of the linked images and ask them.
Oct
16
comment How to carry a bicycle in a canoe?
As far as the locks are concerned, you should be able to go through all the locks. I know you can go through the locks on the Mississippi, I went through the locks in Minneapolis via canoe just a few weeks ago.
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
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.