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, 2013 at 22:31
  • It's a fair point. I won't be crushed if people nix the idea. Just thought I'd ask. Oct 9, 2013 at 22:42
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    Jolly, Ben C. answered this on rec.backcountry. ;-) backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/…
    – ppl
    Oct 10, 2013 at 1:24

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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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