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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.
Sep
8
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
@DonBranson: Not necessarily. Many of the organisms present in one animals feces are swiftly dealt with when they make it to the gut of another animal species, while others can jump species. It generally depends on the area and what animals, but burying your own stuff guarantees you won't contribute to the problem.
Sep
5
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
Also, lol at "bear bottles"
Sep
5
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@Don Branson: my thoughts exactly.
Aug
19
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@hippietrail: that is true, however the OP mentioning that his efforts were ruined by going through wet areas, leaving him moist and unable to dry. That is the breeding ground for fungal infections.
Aug
8
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
@DonBranson: statistics do tell the whole story. With a firearm, you have several individual shots where you need to accurately place a round at a rather small, possibly fast moving target, which is no easy feat. With the bear spray, you have 7-10 seconds of continuous spray which means you can see where it's going and home in on your target, which is something even young children are capable of doing. The bear spray is statistically better because it is vastly easier to use successfully.
Aug
8
comment Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
This is a wise plan.
Aug
5
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
the size of the grommets, descriptions or pictures of the pole/grommet interface, the inner diameter of the fiberglass rods, etc.
Aug
5
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
If you post 'blueprints' of sorts of your specific poles, we may be better able to find places that sell them, or provide solutions to fabricate them yourself. You could cut fiberglass to fabricate new poles with a hacksaw, no problem.