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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.
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
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
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?