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  • dannew commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum2 weeks ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Great tips - thank you!

    Great job, Frank!I have a question about two of the curves. In Figure 5, on the right side, you have what looks to be a supporting beam on edge, and it's curved to fit the side. How did you do that?And how did you bend the plywood sheathing? Is it wiggle wood?

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  • How to Survive a Backpacking Trip in Alaska

    I'm glad you had a great trip! Even beginners can have a fun time camping....but I encourage readers to see this Indestructable as inspiration and not a source of reliable advice.Color is a terrible way to tell the difference between black bears and grizzlies, for instance, and size is only slightly better. Virtually any guide or guidebook will wisely instruct you to look at the shape of the bear. There's a good chart here: http://www.bearsmart.com/about-bears/know-the-diff...Read FlorinJ's post here for much better info on bears.Check your packing list carefully. 'Water tablets or a water purifier are suggested too in case you run out' suggests your "one or two full bottles" may last your trip. They won't, if out for more than a day: you need a purifier not as a backup, but a...see more »I'm glad you had a great trip! Even beginners can have a fun time camping....but I encourage readers to see this Indestructable as inspiration and not a source of reliable advice.Color is a terrible way to tell the difference between black bears and grizzlies, for instance, and size is only slightly better. Virtually any guide or guidebook will wisely instruct you to look at the shape of the bear. There's a good chart here: http://www.bearsmart.com/about-bears/know-the-diff...Read FlorinJ's post here for much better info on bears.Check your packing list carefully. 'Water tablets or a water purifier are suggested too in case you run out' suggests your "one or two full bottles" may last your trip. They won't, if out for more than a day: you need a purifier not as a backup, but as standard equipment.If you want to practice 'leave no trace' ethics, then don't consider a stove optional, either. See this link for info on why to favor a stove, and how to handle campfires if you do go that route.https://lnt.org/learn/principle-5It'd help to mention weight targets for packs: weight is the single biggest factor to affect how far you can go in day. Knowing how far you can go helps you plan your trip.I've been a guide for fifteen years, which doesn't make me an expert in anything, but it does mean I've seen how good information can help people take better, safer trips. If you're genuinely new to backpacking, check out Curtis' Backpacker's Field Manual, Townsend's Backpacker's Handbook, or Allen & Mike's Backpackin' Book.Be safe out there. Start with good information, and set yourself up to have fun.

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