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Feb
4
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
@DonBranson: I think there was one where he went to Labrador, and the episode was cut short because the producers sent a helicopter crew to pick him up because there was some imminent storm or something, perhaps that's what you're thinking?
Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
I think the primary method employed is the "TV producers and staff keep it going while the camera isn't running" method.
Feb
2
comment Is freeze-dried food healthy?
Let's be clear on something, are you simply talking about food that has undergone freeze-drying, or are you talking about commercial freeze-dried offerings?
Jan
19
comment How can I acclimatize to cold?
Move to Minnesota
Jan
10
comment Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
@OlinLathrop: because your line "If it were OK to use common gasoline in camp stoves", implies that it is not OK, which is inaccurate.
Jan
8
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
The old Whisperlites with the metal valve assemblies were capable of simmering, I don't know why MSR got rid of that ability in the last few years. When I got a stove, I got an optimus nova for the metal pump and simmering abilities.
Jan
7
comment Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
+1 for concerns about additives, -1 for not bothering to see that MSR's website for the stove specifically says it burns unleaded auto fuel. The point of the whisperlite international and similar stoves is that while white gas is better burning, it's not available everywhere in the world, while automotive fuels are available pretty much wherever there are people.
Jan
4
comment What are the key factors when choosing a sleeping bag for backpacking?
Not as far as I know of. Obviously having a bigger pack will mean you can get away with a larger sleeping bag. The required ratio will depend on how much other stuff you have. I imagine the ideal size for everyone is perpetually "smaller than my current sleeping bag".
Dec
19
comment How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
To add, that if the 10°/candle was true, it wouldn't take many candles to heat a tent up to nearly room temperature, but it shouldn't be too hard to realize that won't happen.
Dec
15
comment Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
Think of every time you've gotten out of bed at night to urinate. Now imagine every time doing that either going in a bottle that you keep in your sleeping bag, or facing the cold and running outside for a few minutes. That is by far the worst aspect of winter camping, in my opinion.
Dec
8
comment Things to consider when choosing a sailing club
The bar is a very important factor.
Dec
6
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
I'd think something like amazon.com/Gerber-22-41576-Gator-Machete-Sheath/dp/B000Q9BBZI would work well, but I've never used mine in the wilderness.
Dec
4
comment Are there significant behaviour differences among bear species to adopt different safety rules?
@OlinLathrop: I don't know if that was meant to be sarcastic, but any tree strong enough for you to climb in is going to be far too strong to be pulled out by any bear. Plus grizzly's can climb well enough to come after you in the tree if they want.
Nov
30
comment Is department store merino wool less effective than branded (i.e. SmartWool) merino wool in staying warm and wicking moisture?
Part of the Smart Wool premium is that they pride themselves on sourcing their wool exclusively from New Zealand farmers, whereas Kirkland, being the Costco house brand, likely sources it from anyone willing to sell it for cheap.
Nov
30
comment How can I improve my footwork while rock-climbing?
Those little nubs often will hold your whole weight. It takes a bit of mental effort to commit to it though for awhile, that's for sure.
Nov
28
comment Are 35mm film canisters safe for holding spices?
I think I'd be more concerned about the canisters popping open and spilling all over everything, followed by hungry bears looking for a snack.....
Nov
27
comment How to heal “blown tips” faster after a climb?
@GorrillaMcD: right, its not a muscle/tendon issue, but the principle is the same: you can irreparably destroy your fingers. If you abuse your finger tip skin so bad, it will be replaced with scar tissue, and you'll be unable to feel with your fingertips for the rest of your life. You don't want to do that to yourself.
Nov
27
comment What should I look for in a rope for climbing?
Would I be correct to assume you already have a harness, belay tools, shoes etc? Those you need before a rope. Then, after that: what kind of climbing do you do, or want to do? Sport? Traditional? Ice?
Nov
16
comment Jerky or Freeze-dried food : Is the salt they contain a concern?
What brands did you buy? A quick glance through my stash of Mountain House, Backpackers Panty, and Natural High, most were in the 15-35% range. Only one of them broke 50%, and that was at 54%.
Oct
29
comment What are the advantages of learning to ski on a trip? (as opposed to beforehand)
@RoflcoptrException: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_ski_slope