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Jun
11
comment An alternative to geocaching, but with classic maps instead of GPS?
+1 All a gps is, is a map that tells you where you are - taking 1/2 the fun (and all the skill) out of navigation.
Jun
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
8
comment Practicality of Beards
@mr-wizard - The other day I let an Indonesian barber shave my neck with a straight razor - because he doesn't see a lot of whiskers and begged me to let him try...
Jun
8
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Jun
8
comment Practicality of Beards
@RussellSteen Were you traumatized by a beard once?
Jun
8
revised Practicality of Beards
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Jun
8
comment Surviving a forest fire by starting another fire
+1 for Mann Gulch reference. However, note there was some controversy about whether the fire he set is what caught up to those trying to make it to the ridge... or whether it mattered.
Jun
8
revised Long or short sleeves on a hike in the Desert?
made it more germane to the question asked
Jun
8
accepted Does eating snow help dehydration?
Jun
8
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
True - was just hoping for more "hard science" but I agree. I'll give it to you since this answer is the only one that provides hard, not anecdotal, evidence. Mind if I edit it a touch to crystallize the point?
Jun
8
answered How to clean a sleeping bag ?
Jun
8
accepted How do you properly dispose of human waste while snow camping?
Jun
8
accepted Mountaineering / glacial traverse: rope-up or go it alone?
Jun
8
comment Mountaineering / glacial traverse: rope-up or go it alone?
Never argue with the guy in the climbing helmet. Doing some more searching, it seems conventional wisdom confirms roping together - with that caveat that on steeper / icy conditions where self-arrest would be difficult, you should work off anchors. (nols.edu/publications/mtneeringbook/ropesystems.shtml#glacier among others.)
Jun
8
comment Does eating snow help dehydration?
Ok... so it takes ~66 calories to warm up the water... But does that expenditure of calories have anything to do with hastening the body's use of water? The answer is almost there - but just needs to close the loop re: @xpda 's comment.
Jun
8
answered Are Trangia and MSR fuel bottles inter changeable?
Jun
8
revised Tent and sleeping bag: pack inside or strap outside a backpack?
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Jun
8
revised Tent and sleeping bag: pack inside or strap outside a backpack?
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Jun
8
answered Practicality of Beards
Jun
8
comment Practicality of Beards
Despite some possible pros and cons - not sure this has a definitive answer...