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Mar
19
comment Dealing with very cold climate (clothing)
What sorts of activity will you be engaged in? Physical? Sitting around? Dashing from sheltered transport to shelter?
Mar
19
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
So if the data suggests mayo slows the growth (though the 3rd reference I gave suggests it kills Ecoli) even after contamination, then what evidence do you have for saying it will spoil rapidly and people will die? Given the inhibitive properties, seems like one could almost argue mayo is safer than any other fresh food (which also spoils at some point.)
Mar
19
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@berry120 - Well, actually, looking at the studies, the risk is fairly non-existent. Or at least (in my reading of it) mayo is no more a game of craps than any other food. There is a stigma that mayo us a ticking time-bomb, but I'm not sure the evidence backs that up.
Mar
18
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Mar
18
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@Greg.Ley - Well not directly on "backcountry" mayo, but on unrefrigerated mayo. Just posted some citations.
Mar
18
answered How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Mar
17
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Mar
17
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@russell-steen Once is luck. 3 years of packing mayo in the desert and 15+ elsewhere with no issues... well, perhaps I'm just the luckiest mayo-lover on earth ;)
Mar
16
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Mar
16
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Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
From personal experience, I've carried a squeeze bottle of mayo for a week+ backpacking in the heat of the desert... no issues.
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
I would agree with the pre-made tuna-salad, for the reason Greg.Ley commented on the question (introducing other contaminants), but I think the USDA is over-cautious...
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@Ryley - More trash... more hassle... and with the quantity of mayo I consume, ripping all those little packets open is just annoying.
Mar
16
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Mar
16
answered Tent and sleeping bag: pack inside or strap outside a backpack?
Mar
15
asked How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Mar
15
asked Mountaineering / glacial traverse: rope-up or go it alone?
Mar
15
comment Is it safe to camp in the desert without a tent?
+1 I've spent countless nights tentless in the GC with no problems. I would add: 1) Don't lay out your sleeping kit until you are ready to crawl in, 2) Secure you belongings, ring-tails are master thieves (and a nuisance in the corridor) 3) Have a bandanna handy to put over your face if the wind starts kicking the sand up. 4) Enjoy the best stars of your life.
Mar
14
comment Putting in contact lenses when outdoors
To avoid the question, look into extended wear contacts. They are doing amazing things with porous contacts now. I use a 1 month never-take-out brand (that I stretch for 6 months by cleaning between trips.)
Mar
14
comment Things to consider when buying sunglasses
Pure optics. Most name brands have them, most sub-$40 don't. Subtle distortions you don't notice in the store can mess with your head after 10 hours of wear.