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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
Sep
25
comment How does one steer a two-person kayak?
@JonEricson: hopefully you two never attempt a tandem bicycle with her as stoker. Stoker trying to steer is a recipe for disaster on a tandem bicycle :)
Sep
18
comment Can I replace Dish soap?
You can use campsuds to clean your dishes. That is what I use.
Sep
18
comment How big a fall is a “major” fall?
@Mr.Wizard: different ropes are have different ratings, its the responsibility of the purchaser and maintainer to see what their rope is rated for. Retiring a rope after a single fall, obviously without bothering to read the safety details, is going to be an enormous waste of money. The question asked for what height constitutes a major fall, and this answer correctly points out that the measure involves more than just the height.
Sep
18
comment Campsites in Virginia which allow alcohol?
Just don't make a lot of noise, and you'll be fine. Don't be loud and obnoxious, and clean up your mess, and no one will have a problem.
Sep
13
comment How big a fall is a “major” fall?
The fall factor is a key element. A fall of a few meters is no big deal if the climber has already payed out 10-20 meters of rope.
Aug
22
comment Tanto or Utility knife to carry mountaineering?
At $670, I think I'd get more utility out of 10 $67 knives LOL
Mar
21
comment Are carabiners useful tools to have in the wilderness? If so, what would they be used for?
Just remember to get real climbing carabiners instead of the crappy keychain biners, even though you might not use them for climbing. They're only a little bit more expensive for the cheap wiregate biners.
Mar
21
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
Bring a real camera.
Feb
27
comment What kind of canteen material will have the least effect on the taste of water?
One of my Sigg bottles always smells minty no matter the washing, after spending a week camping with the bottle full of Rumple Minz.