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comment Affordable Festival Tent
Why not just rent one?
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 You should use whichever the boat was originally made of.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?
Jun
23
comment Camping with a dog for the first time
If it's your friends dog, let him worry about it. Hopefully you'll do a lot of hiking, which will get the doggies tired and they'll just pass out for the night after the sun goes down. It works for our dogs.
Jun
5
comment Do I need to hang a bear cache?
This is bad advice. There is no keeping "smell to a minimum" with bears, they have a keener sense of smell than bloodhounds. If you don't want to hang your food fine, but at least have enough respect for the wildlife to use a bear canister, or a purpose built bag such as an ursack. You owe it to the bears to do it right. You've just been lucky enough not to have been caught.
May
27
comment Are carabiners useful tools to have in the wilderness? If so, what would they be used for?
@Vorac: they are not much heavier than the cheap keychain variety, but they can be counted on to secure heavy loads reliably.
May
23
comment Ways of attaching a DSLR on a ACT Trail 32 backpack
Do you need it literally mounted to your backpack so you can take photos 'hands free', or do you really just want quick access?
Apr
19
comment Is it safe to cut a climbing rope in half?
Even if you do a terrible job cutting it, the ends are never under load, so it doesn't really matter anyway. Checking for fraying and other damage you should do regardless, so it makes no difference.
Mar
9
comment Is there any upper temperature limit for a given sleeping bag?
If you are just simply laying on your sleeping bag, and it is so hot outside that doing that is a problem, you can always just lay right on your sleeping pad or tent floor. Practical issues of hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight will come into play before the temperature does.
Feb
24
comment What's the maximum temperature difference wind-chill can account for?
@BenCrowell: They didn't dream them up from nothing, they created them to model based on observed evidence.
Feb
24
comment What's the maximum temperature difference wind-chill can account for?
It would be nice to post links to the data you are referencing.
Jan
18
comment Planning a Trip with strangers
Meet the people at the bar first?
Jan
1
comment Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
@Tomas: Hardly theoretical. In some places, such as Yellowstone, the bears are so active and dangerous it is expected of all backpackers. The National Park Service in fact recommends not sleeping in the same clothes used to cook, as seen at nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/backcountryhiking.htm
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
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.
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.