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gps maps showed 4x4 roads as roads, and people were getting stranded, then dying of exposure.
I remember when they started posting those signs and it was in the news briefly. What had happened is that the gps maps said a road ran across a mountain range, but the gps maps did not specify...

In GEAR » Android + Backcountry Navigator vs Garmin GPS devices.
December 26, 7:10pm

technique to fold guyline attachment points
I found this a few months ago and I think that it addresses the problems people in this group are having with your guy lines. It basically says that after the tape leaves the edge of the tarp, ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 29, 10:58am

sleep in a clearning.
I was planning to string some line between a pair of trees, and connect the ring to that. This way I can camp in a clearing and still see the stars as I go to sleep. I don't actually need to...

In GEAR » Mombasa Defender as a 7 oz tent, $26 at rei
October 18, 2:06am

Mombasa Defender as a 7 oz tent, $26 at rei
I am mostly thinking of using this for overnight camping, not long treks, though if it works well, I might use it on longer hikes. I would go without a tent, but, I like hiking in rattle snake ...

In GEAR » Mombasa Defender as a 7 oz tent, $26 at rei
October 17, 7:08pm

filters
Now that you have a lens that you can screw it onto, get a polarizer filter. This will be $40 to $90. And make sure it is multicoated or you will get strange colors. When you take pictu...

In Photography » Upgrading to dslr, did i make the right choice?
October 06, 4:31am

solar is not worth it, usually.
It takes 8 days of 12 hours a day direct sunlight to equal the amount of energy in a lithium battery. I did the calculations last year. This is with a $30 lithium battery about the size of an iphon...

In GEAR » backpacking camera
October 03, 9:32pm

I reccommend
Personally I have 3 cameras. An iphone 4s which is better than most of my compact cameras before 2007. If you have one I would recommend getting a polarizing filter, and trying to use that as y...

In GEAR » backpacking camera
October 03, 7:34pm

reguardless of the model, a few things...
Get a camera with image stabilization. When you are walking uphill to the peak, or stop on your hike and don't want to sit down for 10 minutes before taking a picture of the vista, image stabil...

In GEAR » backpacking camera
October 03, 6:56pm

Take a syringe.
it does not need to be that syringe, but if you get a wound in the field and need to flush it out, you will want to be able to generate enough pressure to get down in the cut. I have been nursi...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze questions
October 03, 1:23pm

build one early in the year, then use it the rest of the year
I looked these up on youtube. The general consensus is that it takes 4 hours for a pair of in shape adults to build a small igloo, and 8 hours for a pair of adults (don't know if they were in s...

In Editor's Roundtable » Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool REVIEW
June 10, 1:33pm

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