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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.
Jun
18
comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
I don't want to write this as an answer, but I can't see how a hammock could possibly be any different. It's not like a tent will slow a bear down for more than 5 milliseconds if it wants to see what's in it.
Apr
23
comment What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?
Everyone likes camping right by the shore. Invariably, everyone would camp in nearly the same spot, and ultimately trash the place. Dispersing campsites prevents that, to some degree.
Mar
26
comment How should we split up a 3 person tent?
@LBell: If someone in my group is lost or dead, then I've got more important things to deal with than not having a stove.
Mar
21
comment How should we split up a 3 person tent?
Yep this is what my friends and I do. One guy has the tent, the other has the food and stove, or some similar arrangement.
Feb
27
comment How do I Plan a Hiking Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
@JaredChristensen: I do not know any in that area, however I am going to be doing some backpacking in that area in sept, after a wedding, so I can tell you then :)
Feb
24
comment How do I Plan a Hiking Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
If you're backpacking, I'd give consideration to avoiding RMNP and looking at the many wilderness areas immediately around it. Wilderness areas are often less busy, often better suited to backpackers, and often cheaper or free, with no designated campsites. Different wilderness areas have different styles of scenery.
Feb
23
comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
is "AT season" just the prime season, or is does it stand for something else entirely?