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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
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.
Feb
4
asked Are there performance differences between lead and lead-free ammunition?
Feb
4
accepted Is it better to camp in a disturbed area, or pick a new spot and let the first rest?
Feb
4
accepted How do you stop blood-flow from a leech bite?
Feb
4
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
4
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
+1 @furtive -- I just confirmed lithium are lighter alkaline... great bit of info.
Feb
4
revised Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
Added another point to hopefully clarify the intent of the question
Feb
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
4
comment Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
+1 for the anecdotal evidence / first-hand experience - but still looking for a definitive answer.
Feb
4
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
They work best with direct consistent sunlight - so while hiking is tough. I've strapped panels to my back-pack with some success - but better if you can charge during a "layover" day.
Feb
3
revised What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
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revised What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
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Feb
3
answered What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
Feb
3
comment Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
Well I intended it to apply to regions where there are wolves ;) - but have added a slight clarification.