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Amateur photographer and sometime explorer.


Jan
25
comment What is the best way to store my tent?
would it help to store it loose? or is it okay to be wrapped tight in it's storage bag?
Jan
25
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
25
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?
Jan
25
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
25
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
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
25
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.
Jan
25
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.
Jan
25
comment How do I tie a sleeping bag to my backpack?
@mendota: in a roundabout way, I'm suggesting that you shouldn't - which is an answer. Also, I don't think there's any suitable way for this particular pack (and most other modern packs) to be modified to make it work.
Jan
25
comment How do I tie a sleeping bag to my backpack?
Please leave comments if you downvote
Jan
25
comment Are there any cheap 1:25K electronic maps for the UK or Europe?
IIRC - MemoryMap and Anquet are PC/CD-ROM based maps... my question is: for what purpose?
Jan
25
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
@Lagerbaer - I'm not convinced many experienced climbers would trust the quality/care of a rope owned by a complete novice.
Jan
25
comment Are drop bears dangerous?
on the other hand - almost everything that moves in Australia is dangerous: spiders, snakes, magpies (especially if you're cycling for some reason), emus, salties, etc...
Jan
25
comment Are drop bears dangerous?
some more information about Drop Bears and how to avoid attacks: australianmuseum.net.au/Drop-Bear
Jan
24
comment Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?
@berry120 - there are lots of open access areas in the UK - I've wild-camped in the Peaks and the Lakes. These areas are clearly marked on OS maps.
Jan
24
comment Hiking boots vs trail shoes
I used to have the same problem with one pair of boots (problem was, they were military issue and I couldn't replace them) - I started putting zinc oxide tape on the 'hotspots': places that I knew where blisters would form. It's all about reducing the rubbing and friction. Alternatively, it could be time to get new boots - they don't all fit everyone the same, unfortunately.
Jan
24
comment Can/Should I cook in my tent?
Fire-proof just means it takes more flame to get started...