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Jan
25
comment How do I tie a sleeping bag to my backpack?
No - you aren't missing anything - its that Internal frames are designed to be sleek, and closer fitting so you are unencumbered when traveling off-trail, or scrambling. Thus, most manufacturers assume you won't be hanging stuff on the outside - except maybe an ice-ax or trekking poles (which is what it looks like those loops were designed for)
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Well, see Timothy's link, as well as this one: nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hiking-faq.htm#CP_JUMP_100064 and we see that even the Park has varying recommendations. I personally carry more so I have plenty to share with others in need.
Jan
25
comment Can any waterborne pathogens survive boiling?
I know there is some question whether you need 'minutes' or just bringing to a rolling boil is enough. I lean toward the latter, and have never had issues.
Jan
25
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
and don't care about eating the same tasteless thing every day if necessary <-- This makes me sad. If you are suffering, you are doing it wrong ;) - when you have your tent set, your pot on the stove, and watching the sunset, who wants tasteless? You want a symphony of flavor with that back-drop. Delicious doesn't have to be heavy.
Jan
25
comment How do I treat hot spots and blisters when I have no moleskin?
Bonus tip: wrap duct-tape around your water bottle, or trekking pole, or pack-frame, or something that you always take with you... it will come in handy often.
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Having 2 extra liters you don't need is much better than the other way around...
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Interested to know where you got the 2:1 per hour ratio - by that math, hiking in the desert is a losing prospect.