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Amateur photographer and sometime explorer.


Dec
17
comment How do I wash Gore-Tex clothing?
Interesting... just be sure that it is a warm and gentle dry, though.
Aug
29
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
@BenCrowell that's a fair point - hygiene and health in the wild (and at home) are pretty holistic.
Aug
21
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
@BenCrowell: as per my answer - it's just safer to assume tainted sources and work from there, you're not going to degrade the water quality. A hand-pumped ceramic filter is pretty light-weight, and purification tablets are negligible.
Aug
21
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
While you've addressed biological contamination, you haven't addressed other contaminants - heavy metals are present in ground water around the globe, even in North America ARSENIC IN THE SHALLOW GROUND WATERS OF CONTERMINOUS UNITED STATES and Arsenic in domestic well water and health in Central Appalachia, USA
Jun
6
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
@BenCrowell what about those backcountry areas that haven't been well studied? Do you have a map of the well studied areas?
Jun
6
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
"where mother nature's water has been tainted by man-made waste" - arsenic and other heavy metals can (and do) occur naturally, so stating "man-made" here promotes the false idea that "natural" is safe
Feb
21
comment What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
They're both the same family of drug, and taking full doses of both at the same time can lead to liver damage.
Oct
4
comment Is my tent pole a lightning rod?
+1 for the walking pole
Sep
10
comment How do I inspect a climbing rope?
Good question - I don't have a definitive answer, though. I'd ask it again as a new question if I were you
May
15
comment How can I locate lanes where I can legally drive a 4x4 in the UK?
@Greg.Ley - this is more of an access issue - green-laning is fairly popular outdoor activity in the UK, but there are restrictions on where you can legally partake in the activity.
May
8
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
@Roddy this isn't "current" and it isn't UK-only - and it makes sense - see adverse reactions/complications. Also, "suggesting" to your casualty (or leaving a couple of painkillers on a table for them) is even worse, because when the professionals turn up, you can't tell them categorically what medication they have had. OTOH, a person who is susceptible to a condition (like anaphylaxis, heart problems, asthma, etc) should already have the necessary remedy, and alert other party members to their need and the location of said remedy.
Mar
29
comment Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
This isn't really any different to how army rations and MRE (meals ready to eat) are packaged and eaten from - if you can find out what material they use, then I'd suggest sourcing bags made from the same stuff.
Mar
29
comment Does any tent manufacturer promise to have replacement parts?
The kind of damage that is being described probably wouldn't be covered by most guarantees - and a guarantee will likely mean the manufacturer replaces your damaged tent rather than particular parts.
Feb
21
comment How do I desalinate seawater?
it might not be 100% but it is better than nothing
Feb
1
comment How much fuel to carry for melting snow?
By cup do you mean about a quarter of a litre?
Feb
1
comment Should you pop a blister?
Interesting - my unit medical officer wouldn't let us burst blisters intentionally...
Jan
31
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
I found a base of 4kph much more accurate - especially on multi-day hikes.
Jan
31
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
I'd probably still use Naismith's rule - but at a base speed of about 4kph. I'd also adjust my estimate based on how much longer/shorter my first hour's travel actual took and look at shortening the route, if needed (and possible).
Jan
29
comment What is the best rope to have in a survival situation?
I think in this situation, the actual choice available is limited (at least in general terms of types of rope) so it isn't an unreasonable question.
Jan
29
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
One more point: when crossing by walking you should face upstream, and if you have a walking pole use it and maintain at least two of three points of contact with the riverbed. If you face downstream, there is a very real danger that a foot can get caught, and the flow of water can bend your knees until you end up folded backwards and are drowning.