Chris on September 7th, 2009

I use the words azimuth and bearing a lot.  I also hear people using them interchangeably quite often.  However, there is a difference. Azimuth When we use a compass to determine a direction, we are technically talking about an azimuth.  We use a reference of North as 0 and measure our direction using degrees clockwise […]

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Chris on September 6th, 2009

One of the basic skills for winter trips is making water.  This is one of my least favorite tasks, due to the incredibly high boredom and concentration factors.  You do nothing but sit there watching the pot and adding snow and ice.  Here are some hints and tips to make it go faster. First, I […]

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Chris on September 4th, 2009

I’ve tried a number of things for electrolyte replacement on extended trips.  I tend to sweat a lot, and can quickly get headaches and cramps.  Proper electrolyte replacement helps a lot.  A lot of people argue that extra salt isn’t necessary, because there is plenty of sodium in a normal diet.  The reality is that […]

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Chris on September 3rd, 2009

Are you carrying all of your white gas in heavy aluminum fuel bottles?  You only need one fuel bottle to use with a pressurized fuel bottle stove like an MSR.  The rest of your fuel can be safely stored in plastic soft drink bottles.  In South America, I have purchased white gas from hardware stores […]

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Chris on August 29th, 2009

I actually enjoy spending time in extreme cold weather.  A lot of people think that makes me strange or crazy, and that is good.  It leaves a lot of places relatively unexplored for me to explore.  But, for others that enjoy the cold places around the world, I want to share some hints and tips […]

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Chris on August 26th, 2009

This week, I’ll finish talking about the important navigational items that I started discussing last week. 6. GPS Global positioning systems have become incredibly popular in recent years.  They are so popular that I have actually met people that do not carry a compass in the backcountry.  I consider this practice dangerous.  Just like a […]

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When traveling in areas that do not have clearly visible landmarks, it can be very difficult to travel by normal navigational means.  Clearly, the GPS is ideal for these situations.  However, you should always have a backup method in case your GPS fails.  You will need to use dead reckoning.  You know where you are […]

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