Is it appropriate to ask historical questions about the great outdoors on our forums?

For instance, I have had no luck answering the following question:

What gear did John Muir actually take on long trips?

As a Californian, John Muir is the legend of the outdoors. But the stories around what gear he took backpacking hardly seem plausible (no food, but also no hunting equipment?) I want a solid gear list.

Even ignoring the specifics of that question, are historical questions about the great outdoors and survival fit for our forums?

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    I would venture to say no, since we are not a historical site. Am curious though, what others think. – studiohack Oct 9 '13 at 22:31
  • It's a fair point. I won't be crushed if people nix the idea. Just thought I'd ask. – theJollySin Oct 9 '13 at 22:42
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    Jolly, Ben C. answered this on rec.backcountry. ;-) backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/… – ppl Oct 10 '13 at 1:24

Yes it is appropriate to ask historical questions related to the great outdoors. It adds value and creativity to the site.

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