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During my adult life I have spent more nights outdoors than in.

I have served as an outdoor guide, educator, conservationist, researcher, crew leader and enthusiast from the bear-chomps of Alaska to the rock-falls of canyon country.

Currently working at a remote research station deep in the rain forest of Borneo studying primate ecology.

"I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth" - Steve McQueen


Feb
8
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
+1 for "replacing the water with warm air" -- never really considered that either.
Feb
8
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Actually I asked "as cold as possible for as long as possible"... I want it all ;)
Feb
8
comment What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?
Suggest starting a different question for types of repellent, since the answers below treat the stated question. Most effective = DEET. Ooops - someone already did: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/978/…
Feb
8
comment What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?
+1 for answering the stated question: "What type of mosquito repellent is most effective"
Feb
8
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Feb
7
revised If I cross paths with a bear, what should I do?
Significant edits... might change the intent of the question too much, but worth a shot. Am I doing this right?
Feb
7
comment If I cross paths with a bear, what should I do?
I think its tugging at a valid question - but the "startled" aspect makes it difficult... How do you know you startled the bear? Did it garumph and run away? Did it snarl and charge? The correct answer will be different for each. Below are answers to the question "How do I prevent a bear encounter from becoming a bear attack?"
Feb
7
comment What should you do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake?
Couldn't find anything publicly available, but I last re-certified my WFR 6 months ago, and don't remember a "sawyer exception" - but I could be mis-remembering, and don't have any way to confirm that at the moment. Sorry.
Feb
7
comment what are the differences between high-end sleeping pads and cut to fit foam mats
Sweet - thanks for the info - I updated my answer.
Feb
7
revised what are the differences between high-end sleeping pads and cut to fit foam mats
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Feb
7
comment What should you do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake?
I believe extractors such as the Sawyer kit have been shown to be largely ineffective, and as such are no longer recommended by the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) or Wilderness Medicine Associates (WMA) in their Wilderness First Aid/First Responder courses.
Feb
7
revised Are there performance differences between lead and lead-free ammunition?
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Feb
7
answered what are the differences between high-end sleeping pads and cut to fit foam mats
Feb
6
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
@mjrider that is exactly my point - it is not clear that urinating on an open wound is better than doing nothing in a back-country setting. At best it is a sterile skin irritant, at worst it can introduce bacteria from your urethra... Don't get me wrong, I personally want this answer to be true (uber cool) but without supporting documentation (and I've looked) it seems more risky than helpful.
Feb
5
revised How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
clarified and expanded.
Feb
5
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
All I find relating to potential for wounds in that article is this: "being a waste product, it does contain compounds undesirable to the body and can be irritating to skin and eyes" which doesn't seem promising. Did I miss it? Not to be harsh,but I'm down-voting this answer as potentially dangerous as well without confirmed sound medical documentation. Wound care is too important in the back-country for hearsay.
Feb
5
answered How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
Feb
5
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
Interesting idea - do you have any documentation aside from a doctor's testimonial?
Feb
5
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
Downvote for honey. Although there are some cautiously optimistic reports that honey has topical anti-bacterial properties, the special requirements for keeping wounds clean in the wilderness make it hard enough to manage infection without adding potential sources of infection - or potential traps for infection since it may be difficult to thoroughly clean and sterilize the wound in the first place. Recommending people squirt a honey-bear in their wounds in a back-country setting is potentially dangerous. Best is to irrigate with clean water and try to keep the wound protected / clean.
Feb
5
comment Are there performance differences between lead and lead-free ammunition?
To add to the discussion, if I may, I intentionally phrased it as to whether there are documented performance issues which makes it answerable, but also probably puts it more appropriately in the "firearms" realm (which I didn't know existed at the time). Would a more appropriate question for this site be: "What are the potential harmful effects of lead ammunition for the environment?" which is an answerable, and outdoors related, and important question / subject.