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bio website ForTheScience.org
location Bremen, Germany
age 37
visits member for 2 years, 6 months
seen Dec 21 '13 at 21:21

Jun
1
comment How to clean a sleeping bag ?
@berry120: technically all, but my question is more about a full, deep cleaning.
Jan
31
comment Staying dry in severe weather
@Hartley: lightning danger, yes, in particular if you have any metallic, pointy objects driven into the ground. However, keeping yourself out a possible water stream is equally important and potentially deadly if not managed.
Jan
28
comment Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?
@Tomas: the city has borders, but the laws of the city apply to the whole territory of the commune. In some cases, we also have "province", which I think they are called "counties" in English. Then regions (20 in total). Most of these laws against camping are city laws. I don't know if there are state and regional levels laws about camping, but I do know the ones in my city and nearby ones, and it's absolutely forbidden. It's also quite prominent, since it's clearly stated at the entrance of the city borders.
Jan
27
comment Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?
@Tomas: cities includes all the territory of the commune, which extends also to the countryside.
Jan
26
comment What is the best material to make an outdoor shelter roof out of?
One note. When you build a debris hut, be careful to pick the lateral sticks of the length so that they just get to the roof branch, not higher. If you pick them too long, you may get a sort of funnel structure, where water may accumulate and then percolate inside. Also, be extremely tight with spaces. Don't leave a lot of room above your body. Any air above is air you have to heat with your body, and therefore lose.
Jan
26
comment How do I desalinate seawater?
@HorusKol: You burn them, and make a sizable explosion. Hydrogen is dangerous, and the danger arises from particular concentrations, which make it detonate, instead of burning. Also careful with the electrolyzed water. That most likely contains a mixture of bleach and lye.
Jan
26
comment Gas or liquid fuel lighter?
Indeed I have four backups: lighter, flint, a lens and windproof matches. And of course, standard wood plow. fire and lamps is something I always have multiple backups of.
Jan
26
comment Best/safest wood to carve a spoon from?
@TimothyStrimple: I find the spork extremely impractical. I have a set of spoon, knife and fork that are extremely light and are bent in a way that they "spoon". They lock together so they don't wander around separate when packed.
Jan
26
comment Where can I find if a fixed blade knives is legal to carry around in a given country?
@Jay: I reworked the question on your suggestions. Thanks
Jan
25
comment What are some alternative ways of fishing - i.e. catching fish?
wait wait wait. this sounds impossible :D
Jan
25
comment What things should I look for when buying a compass?
what about a Lensatic ?
Jan
25
comment How to safely carry a fixed-blade knife?
I always feel uneasy at the idea of carrying around a fixed blade. I think it may get you in trouble with the law if they stop you with one around. I think if you have a well locked foldable is much better legally.
Jan
25
comment What to do if you're bitten by an adder?
@Ether: facepalm at the joke older than the internet
Jan
25
comment Are drop bears dangerous ?
I didn't feel stupid with a garlic-smelling colander on my head.
Jan
25
comment Where in the Alps is it safe to drink the water without filtering?
I once was in Tromsø, North of Norway. Got on a mountain close to the city, saw a spring. I thought: if I can't drink safely the water from a spring on a mountain at the North pole, I don't know what else I can. Drank a handful. Tasted like freedom, the real one.
Jan
25
comment When stranded at sea, should I not ask for a tow?
@Laura: so I've been told, or at least something like 50%. I have no idea, but I think that towing and the legal implications of a tow at sea fall in the "unexpected" that an outdoor skipper may face during his activity.
Jan
25
comment Are drop bears dangerous ?
No outdoor site is complete without the drop bear reference.
Jan
24
comment Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?
@Roflcoptr: The reference is that I know my country. Most communes forbid wild camping because they want to have a legal reason to prevent unregulated gypsies camping and/or more in general Camping Cars (which are a huge pain for cities). When it comes to dangers, it is not uncommon to hear of people wild camping that are assaulted and robbed. Flash floods may occur in some areas, especially in the North. We had people die (mostly boy scouts) a few years ago, in a place where I camped myself (like an idiot). It's difficult for me to find references to news happened years ago, but that's it.