ppl
  • Member for 9 years, 2 months
  • Last seen more than a month ago
  • North America
Can groundwater still be consumed if after boiling the water turns brown with an oily substance floating on top?
35 votes

It is likely caused by iron in the pump or pipes. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health: Iron is mainly present in water in two forms: either the soluble ferrous iron or the ...

View answer
How much should your backpack weigh?
Accepted answer
31 votes

The ideal weight is zero. The less weight you carry the more you will enjoy your outing. That being said, one should try to minimize their weight within reason. There exist different schools (...

View answer
How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Accepted answer
27 votes

In general they are not considered dangerous because they rarely attack humans. You should not run away from coyotes as they will consider you a prey if you do. Under extreme circumstances they may ...

View answer
How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
26 votes

It is fairly common to store duct tape just below the handle of your trekking poles. This is my preferred way as it is always accessible. Some people prefer to wrap it around Nalgene bottles. An ...

View answer
Is it really necessary to gut a fish?
21 votes

Some small fish species such as the Smelt are eaten whole. In some fish the appeal is in the flesh of the fish and are therefore gutted and deboned. Gutting can prevent some tainting of the flesh. ...

View answer
Does packing boots with newspaper make them dry faster?
Accepted answer
20 votes

Yes it does dry shoes much faster. When long distance hiking it is definitely a nice thing to be able to stop in town and dry your shoes overnight using newspapers. It will draw a lot of the dampness ...

View answer
How can I keep my backpack safe?
Accepted answer
19 votes

Hide your pack or move it a bit off the trail. Make sure you do not overdo it and end up not being able to find it back yourself. :-) Although you are in the wood, if you are in a popular area, it is ...

View answer
How can I conserve water over long treks?
Accepted answer
18 votes

If you run out half-way, perhaps you should bring twice as much? That being said... One option for day hikes is to hydrate well before hitting the trail. Also, have readily available water for your ...

View answer
Why does sunscreen not work all day?
Accepted answer
16 votes

All sunscreens are physical barriers, designed to absorb or reflect UV radiation. They rub off over time, and they will rub off faster when exposed to water/moisture, most commonly from sweating or ...

View answer
Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
15 votes

The general guideline for tornado safety is to get as low to the ground as possible and assume the tornado safety crouch: Wind speeds will be slower close to the ground, you are less likely to be ...

View answer
Is titanium cookware safe?
15 votes

In the article "Is that newfangled cookware safe?" no special mention is made for titanium. Titanium is not commonly found in cookware other than backpacking because it is simply terrible for any ...

View answer
How to deal with little flies flying into the eyes?
Accepted answer
15 votes

You are likely talking about eye flies. They feed on lachrymal secretion which your eyes produce. When they get too intense, if hiking, I either walk faster and away from wet area or use a good head ...

View answer
Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather
14 votes

It is worth nothing that if you have a cooking system and the extra fuel you can prepare hot water and place the hot water bottle between your legs to help you keep warm. If you have extra food, eat ...

View answer
Are bears more attracted to menstruating females?
13 votes

Unless you are dealing with Polar bears the answer is: No. According to an article on livescience: Despite campfire fears dating back to at least 1967, black bears and grizzly bears are not ...

View answer
What do you call the bags which help organize items inside a backpack?
12 votes

These bags are called stuff sacks, dry sack or compression sack. Often a smaller stuff stack containing the odds and ends is called a ditty bag. You can buy them at any backpacking outfitter. Some ...

View answer
What's the difference between water-resistant and waterproof?
Accepted answer
12 votes

From my experience, water resistant means that the item will survive a splash of water but not any form of prolonged exposure. Water proof suggest that it is Impervious to or unaffected by water. ...

View answer
Water filters - why sand and rocks?
Accepted answer
11 votes

According to wildwoodsurvival, the sand helps remove suspended particles. Charcoal helps to remove chemical impurities. The charcoal plays the role of active carbon. The water filtration process use ...

View answer
Can I camp in the backcountry outside backcountry campsites in Jasper National Park?
Accepted answer
10 votes

The answer is no, you may only camp in designated areas. Camping is only allowed in designated areas at Jasper park. If you contact the park directly by e-mail the answer is the following: In ...

View answer
How to improvise heavy rain protection for a backpack?
10 votes

Roll top dry bags are fairly common. They are usually combined with either a pack cover or a pack liner. The pack liner is commonly an over-sized roll top dry bag placed inside your backpack. A ...

View answer
Trekking poles on planes
10 votes

For USA to Canada flights, I have seen hiking poles being accepted (after a bit of explaining..) and refused (WestJet). If they are refused, you may be asked to go back to the luggage section which ...

View answer
Selecting backpacking cooking pot – teflon, aluminum, steel, titanium, or cast iron?
10 votes

What type of cookware you choose depends on what type of cooking you do. Titanium is certainly the lightest, and it's great if all you do in your pot is boil water to add to dehydrated foods (Lipton ...

View answer
How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
9 votes

This is in fact an annoying feature of Provincial and Federal parks in Canada. I do not know of any which do not have those rules. In fact, even if you are hiking the IAT, a 3000km hike, you must ...

View answer
Why do we need to pee more than usual out in cold weather?
Accepted answer
9 votes

The phenomenon name is cold diuresis. From thefreedictionary.com: [cold diuresis] occurs in hypothermia as a result of peripheral vasoconstriction, hyperglycemia and decreased renal tubular ...

View answer
Does having sex in the back-country attract bears or other critters?
9 votes

There is at least one documented incident with a bear that occurred in the 1980s which may have been related sexual intercourses. Unfortunately the two teenagers, Jane Ammerman and Kim Eberly, did ...

View answer
What does "expedition-weight" mean with regard to clothing?
Accepted answer
9 votes

Expedition weight relates to the temperature rating and level of activity. It usually means cold and low activity. According to REI expert-advice section. For cool conditions, thermal underwear is ...

View answer
Do kevlar sacks work against bears?
9 votes

In the test report of 2004 according to Ursack: Bears carried inadequately-secured Ursacks short distances suggesting that users should be able to locate most bags that might get carried off by ...

View answer
Is it feasible to hike Zion and Bryce in Utah in mid-May?
Accepted answer
8 votes

Yes you can definitely hike Zion/Bryce in May. In fact it is a good time of the year for hiking in that area. A sedan will do just fine for most trailheads.

View answer
How durable is cuben fiber in real, practical use?
Accepted answer
8 votes

Cuben fiber is not as durable as some other materials used in the construction of backpacking gear. In backpacking lighter often means less durable which is generally true for cuben fiber as well. A ...

View answer
Chacos: Toe strap or no toe strap?
8 votes

I have a pair without the toe strap. I wear them daily and hike in them regularly. They did take quite a while to break in and initially gave me blisters (mostly the side strap). My girlfriend has ...

View answer
What should I do with possible frostbite: Swollen feet after putting them in warm water
8 votes

Yes, you should seek medical expertise. From healthcentral.com: When the skin has thawed and rewarming is complete, cover the damaged skin with bandages and warm clothing. Contact your ...

View answer