When it's unsuitable for removal by your group, contact the relevant authority for that land and let them know the type of litter and its location (pictures and GPS coordinates are helpful). For example, in cases of extreme littering, U.S. federal land management agencies will sometimes organize major cleanup efforts to pack out trash with mules or even a ...
I'll caveat this with -- I've never vomited in my gear, nor do I know anyone who has. But I did sit and figure out how I'd try to solve this if it happened to me.
Dry the liquid. This will depend on gear and season. Sunshine,
freezing cold, or dirt can all work for this. Even cooking
materials such as flour can work. Anything to make it less liquid.
This is what I do:
I always have extra carry-bags to keep the trash in.
Depending upon what my plan is, if I am coming around the same way back home, I usually pickup everything which shouldn't be out there and place the bag at location where it will not be easily found by people or by animals.
On my way back home, when I know I don't have an extra bag ...
In all likelihood, you just need to replace the helmet. Nearly all helmets, climbing and bicycle helmets included, need to be replaced once they become worn or older than 5 years. Ideally, you would track the age of each helmet. If you don't know how old one is and it looks well used, I wouldn't risk it.
Stick to gently wiping it with a soft dry cloth. ...
Simply throwing them in the wash should suffice, but if you want to be extra sure the fungus dies, you could soak your socks in a 1 part bleach to 10 parts water mixture for ten minutes. Keep in mind that it's not your socks you need to worry about so much as your shoes, they're a little more difficult to clean. Try changing your insoles out, they make ...
If the item is small enough to move, but too large to easily carry out. Organize the junk so that it is stacked as inoffensively as practical, but remains easily accessible. Don't hide it or drop it into a ravine, you want to make it easier to remove not harder.
Contact the landowner or manager. This might be a park ranger, corporation or private land ...
Care for your neoprene water shoes as you would for any neoprene wetsuit.
You can use any search engine and search for 'wetsuit soap' or 'wetsuit wash' and will find suitable products. Stop by any dive shop where you are travelling and they will likely have some....
"Things don't always go perfectly" - what does that mean? There is no reason at all you should ever leave plastic behind.
Bring in as little plastic as you can. Pack your stuff in reusable containers.
If something is plastic-wrapped or in a plastic bag, be a person who cares and don't let that plastic blow away or drop from your hand. Stick it in a pocket ...
The answer depends on your sccenario, if you have access to an ice bath/cold shower within minutes of your activity that is your best bet as Liam has stated above.
However, if you are unable to have an ice bath/cold shower directly following your activity there is an alternative. Some of us may have to take a bus home after the gym, drive our car, or ...
My boots are leather, as you've not stated what yours are made of at time of writing, here goes with what I do to clean my boots on walks and to store at home.
Firstly for at home I will always leave my boots to dry off usually overnight - just on some newspaper away from any radiators or the fire, slow drying as they are leather. It's easier to remove dry ...
From experience with small sections I have used hand sanitizer and it works.
My parents used to use baking soda for our pop up camper. It was a thicker material then a tent, but it cleaned and absorbed a lot of sticky substances.
(Late answer here.)
A scholarly report discusses fungus and laundry
Several years ago, a scholarly report was published. The report's "Appendix A" discusses, among other things, how you should do laundry if someone in the home has a fungal infection.
The advice given
The report advises:
Whenever you do laundry, add some activated oxygen bleach (AOB).
Sun will help. You can leave it in the sun, taking care the whole affected area gets direct sun. Then, still outside, brush off all that is possible with a stiff brush. After that you can proceed to a proper wash. For the wash you can use oxygen bleach. It will have a better outcome than regular bleach. From there on it really depends on the conditions of ...
After looking around the internet, it seems that oils can be used to remove tape residue. So things like,
would be possibilities for removing the gunk and shouldn't hurt if it gets into cuts. They should also be good for your hands, especially if they are dry.
It is most likely not sap but the excretion from Aphids (Greenfly). They suck the sap from the tree and then excrete this sticky substance, often called Honeydew.
It may be worth contacting the tent manufacturers for advice, but I would suggest careful washing first with just water and if that isn't enough, try with some soap flakes (like Dreft).
The magic skunk-smell-be-gone recipe:
In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 to 2 teaspoons liquid soap
First thing you want to do is get as much of the skunk goo off of you as you can. Using paper towel, tissues, or a rag you can throw away, dab the spray off your skin. Rinsing ...
As noted, the key is removing it quickly. If you like to carry around dishsoap, that will work great. However if you do not regularly carry that around, abrasives are a good alternative. I've effectively used the sand at the bottom of a small waterfall to remove the oils and of the entire hiking group, all of whom realized too late what we'd walked ...
Ok so I've not had mine too long but this is what I do - bear in mind I'm not 100% sure what kind of the many moulds that is but I'd say it's probably not pleasant.
Vinegar should kill the mould. Mould stains, but it can actually simply be dead mould and has been treated. Leave it for a few hours and let it just seep into the valve.
Chlorine based cleaning ...
Put them on a go for a hike where it is wet or snowy and not salty. The post How much sea water can I safely drink? has a bunch of words about salt and water in a body. Leather is skin.
The same principals apply. You wore boots in a heavy salt environment and the salt equalized into your boots. If you wear them in a wet low salt environment, the salt will ...
I would make an improvised bore snake with a piece of string or fishing line and a small piece of clean cloth and pull the piece of cloth through the straw just like you would a gun barrel.
Everyone should have at least some string and something like handkerchief which you might have to cut down to size in order to fit.
The other option would be to try and ...
I don't have any good references for calorie expenditure, given that there are so many variables, so I will leave that to someone with a proper reference.
In my personal experience in cold-weather, back country hiking and camping, the best time to wash is not at the end of a day's exertion when you are prone to getting chilled, but rather prior to starting ...
There are cleaning kits designed specifically for cleaning hydration packs like Camelbaks:
Camelbak also provides cleaning instructions on their website:
The best way to care for your reservoir is to clean and dry it after
every use, especially if you fill the reservoir with anything other
than water. However, theoretically, if someone didn’t clean ...
Poison oak's "poison" is an oil-based substance; therefore any oil-removing soap will do the trick. Dish soap is a low-cost and easily available substance for cleaning poison oak from skin. This study found that:
Dish soap was significantly better than no treatment.
Dish soap was not significantly different from two other products (Tecnu, which is much more ...
This is country specific - but yours may have some automated way of reporting this. My own little homeland made me proud when they rolled out a smartphone app for hikers that allows to report any kind of environmental damage (along with GPS data and possibly pictures) directly to the authorities. They are usually pretty quick to investigate such things.
It think the best way to approach this subject is three fold.
Cleaning the Shoes
Preventing Further Damage
Use a waterproofing product
Here are three steps to clean your boots:
Cleaning the Shoes
1 Use vinegar and water. A great DIY product for removing salt stains from leather shoes is a solution of water and vinegar.
•Simply mix two parts ...
Gojo Pumice Hand Cleaner.
If you've worked with grease, grime, or in a coal mine then you know what pumice hand cleaner is, it has silica sand in it to help scour away the gunk. You use it without water on your dry hands, then after you've loosened all the gunk you wash off the cleaner with soap and water.
I have used this stuff with open cuts on my hands, ...