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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?
Feb
11
comment Good “real” fridge for car camping
How big? How do you plan to power it? Cooling demands a lot of energy and if you don't have your engine running at all times you'll need to setup a double-battery system at minimum.
Feb
11
comment What is the ultimate car camping bed solution — for two people?
I have a rei.com/product/780367/exped-synmat-7-air-pad-with-pump and find it to work great both for backpacking and for car camping.
Feb
7
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
I would not worry about nail polish disturbing the mechanism if used as pictured, especially on a screw-gate. A nail polish layer will be very thin as long as you don't gob it on all over the place, and snapping the carabiner shut a few times will take care of any bumps in the polish.
Feb
7
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
Yes, and nail polish will work for that.
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".