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Sep
10
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@Vorac Really, you carry wine backpacking? That sounds like great fun. I considered buying a small flask and filling it with something that would also double as antiseptic. But I haven't done it yet. Sounds like fun.
Sep
7
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
The OP and I are both from California. Can anyone else verify having heard this rule in other parts of the world?
Sep
6
comment Do kevlar sacks work against bears?
Are the kevlar sacks much lighter than my standard black bear can?
Sep
6
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@WedaPashi Backpacking is more fun anyway. But that's interesting to know.
Sep
5
comment How bright a flashlight would I realistically need for searching through terrain?
I just asked all the search-and-rescue people I know and they all said that night searches are rare, because they are dangerous. They also said they don't have standard equipment. Mostly, people just grab some 200-lumen head lamps and hope for the best.
Sep
5
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@WedaPashi I am going to guess that anyone who is getting drunk in the wild is car camping, and not backpacking. And, in that case, it doesn't matter how heavy things are.
Sep
4
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
Exactly! Except a bear can probably smell them from a kilometer away.
Aug
30
comment Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running
@ppl I have never seen one before! I'll Google around. Were you thinking of them for running/backpacking/both?
Aug
15
comment What is the longest time you can go, eating only freeze-dried food?
@Marcus I suppose freeze-dried food would be high in salt. But they sell a great variety of it now. Assuming you have unlimited water, I see no reason you couldn't survive indefinitely.
Aug
13
comment Will using a sleeping bag stop the body from adapting to cold?
Adapting to the cold (or the heat) is a long process. I think of it as something I need to try to do in little ways every day. But when I go backpacking/camping I bring the warmest things I can, for temperature. Just IMO.
Aug
13
comment Will the benefit of an axe outweigh the drawbacks and win over a large knife?
Just to clarify, what situation are we talking about: backpacking? hiking and car-camping? General survival? (Perhaps we can clarify this and add a tag to your question?)
Aug
8
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@Lathrop This is the exact solution I use. Loose boxers are the enemy on a long, hard backpacking trick or serious run.
Aug
8
comment Sustainable systems for carrying out human waste
Your link no longer works. Can we fix that?
Aug
3
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
@RussellSteen I like math more than most people, but the experts have other practical information. For instance, the air-to-water ratio is the limiting factor in getting enough water from snow to survive. So, digging down deep in snow for a more compressed water source is vital to survival. I feel that should not be left out of the answer.
Aug
1
comment What are the major difference between a regular sleeping bag and one designed for women?
@OlinLathrop You are correct. I had my numbers backwards on that one. Thanks.
Jul
31
comment FiveFingers or hiking boots?
Just my anecdotal experience: Five Fingers make great hiking shoes, I love them. Unless I'm carrying weight. If you're backpacking you need a stiff-soled shoe to support the weight. You're feet aren't designed for carrying extra weight while backpacking.
Jul
25
comment How to Tell When Minimal Running Shoes Are Worn Out?
Oh no, I think the 'conventional wisdom' is just from experience. I know several runners personally who say that after you run enough miles in a pair of Nike's they start to feel like you're running with wood planks strapped to your feet. I think the rubber they use in modern running shoes just loses its elasticity.
Jul
25
comment How to Tell When Minimal Running Shoes Are Worn Out?
I think you're right. My minimal shoes seem to be lasting longer and I can't think of any good reason to trade them out.
Jul
11
comment Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
I have noticed that walking barefoot only toughens the bottoms of my feet. So that won't help with blisters that you get in between your towns or on the sides of your feet/ankles. (Though, sure, it will help with blisters on the bottoms of your feet.)
Jul
8
comment Rappelling in the Rain
Ah! Thanks for the first-hand experience. I live (and climb) in Northern California on the coast, and the weather is a lot like England here. It rains like 100 days per year. I hadn't considered the lightning rod effect.