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Backpacker Magazine – November 2010

How to Do Everything - The Intrepid Explorer

Travel confidently across any type of landscape.

by: Kristin Bjornsen, Illustrations by Bryon Thompson


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Quick Betty, Cover Junior’s Eyes!

From 2002 to 2003, we seemed to have sex on the brain. Some high (or low) lights:
» To promote “proper care of the family jewels,” “Healthy Hiking for Men” (5/02) delves into unsavory topics such as rashes, testicular torsion, and chafing. For the latter, it introduces the (drumroll, please) Bandanna Harness: “Fold a bandanna into a band, hook the middle under your genitals, lift up, and tuck ends into the front of your waistband.” Our deepest regrets.

» In our “6 Steps to Better Outdoor Sex” (12/03), our advice ranged from the obvious (“Pack a pad for whoever’s on bottom.”) to the graphic (“Have fleece handy to protect whoever’s leaning against the tree. Bark leaves a mean burn.”) to the leave-more-trace-ish (“Grease up: Before swimming, apply something unscented, clear, waterbased, and glycerin-free.”).

» Even readers got into the act: “My wife’s concerned I might meet a hot chick on the trail and have a wild affair,” wrote Tom (8/02). “I try to reassure her that it would never happen.” Not while you’re wearing the Bandanna Harness, Tom! But rest easy, Mrs. Tom: In a followup poll, a mere one in 10 BACKPACKER readers reported having sex with a stranger on the trail.

Cross a Hot Desert
Start acclimatizing to heat one month before your trip. Exercise midday, slowly building the workout’s length and intensity. Plan for eight liters of fluid a day; bring sports-drink powder to replace electrolytes. Cover skin with light-colored clothing, and wear a brimmed hat. Your goal: Avoid dehydration or heatstroke.



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Eric Nelson
Dec 08, 2010

I stronly agree with the scrambling info above. The physics behind pushing away from the rock is that it puts more force against the rock rather than down the slope creating more traction. It's true for any class III through V climbing.

Eric Nelson
Dec 08, 2010

I stronly agree with the scrambling info above. The physics behind pushing away from the rock is that it puts more force against the rock rather than down the slope creating more traction. It's true for any class III through V climbing.

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