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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 You should use whichever the boat was originally made of.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?
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.