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Jan
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comment Which side of an emergency blanket should I use?
Note also - the orange side is highly visible and intended for rescue searchers to spot.
Jan
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comment Folding versus fixed blade knives
If you get a folding blade - get one with a lock. I was using an unlocked blade once, and it folded into my thumb - split my thumb and thumbnail about 1cm from the tip.
Jan
25
comment How do I desalinate seawater?
+1 for the solar still: but how do you 'recombine' hydrogen and oxygen? other than combusting the hydrogen?
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Jan
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answered What is the difference between men's and women's hiking boots?
Jan
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comment How can I signal for help in the wilderness?
shout! you never know who might be round the corner - a "coo-ee" can travel pretty far (though not as good as a whistle)
Jan
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answered Is drinking urine safe?
Jan
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answered How do I desalinate seawater?
Jan
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Jan
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comment Which stove fuel has best weight to bulk to heat ratio?
thinking about it - I agree that ethanol releases heat slower, I've seen ethanol burners take longer than gas and kerosene. I guess that energy content is not the same as rate of release...
Jan
25
answered Which stove fuel has best weight to bulk to heat ratio?
Jan
25
comment What is the fastest method to 'break in' full leather boots?
I agree that unbroken boots don't necessarily cause more blisters - but walking in unbroken boots is still pretty uncomfortable, and would suggest wearing them in a bit (usually walking around the house in them) before you start slogging your way up and down hills.
Jan
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comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
Navigating by features is very useful - until the fog moves in
Jan
25
comment How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
unfortunately - in the age of digital, this won't work too well.
Jan
25
comment How do I recognize if someone is suffering from hypothermia?
I've found that you can catch the apathy (usually they stop joining in on conversation), loss of co-ordination and concentration as pretty good indicators before shivering - make them eat something (a chocolate bar or something energy-packed) and, if possible, get another layer on them - keep an eye on them in case they progress further, but everyone I've done this with has bounced back enough to get them off the hill and into a warm hostel.
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answered How should I treat hypothermia?
Jan
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comment What should I do when I'm lost?
If you're in a group, shout "Coo-ee!". You'll sound like a berk, but you wouldn't believe how far that call can travel even in woodlands.