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How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad

I went camping last trip and my nice inflated pad... deflated. I always carry a patch kit but I discovered another issue: I couldn't find the leak. The leak was small. It took quite a while of me l...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  edited 1d ago by Iizuki‭

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How to clean a sleeping bag ?

A sleeping bag will eventually need a cleaning. How do you proceed, in particular according to the different materials?

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Stefano Borini‭  ·  last activity 23d ago by Iizuki‭

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What should a beginner look for in a sextant?

I have an interest in sextants and how they work, mostly from reading the Horatio Hornblower novels. I know that sextants are still sold. While I am sure that are not nearly as precise as GPS is n...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 24d ago by Michael‭

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How do membrane-based boots breathe?

Yesterday I was shopping for breathable waterproof boots* and this is what the salesperson explained to me. The shoe material does NOT matter. The damp air from the foot goes through the membrane (...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Vorac‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Best practices for physical and inventory management of a ready pack/bug out bag

Hopefully this is acceptable. I figure this could be relevant as my bug out bag is essentially what I would bring on a camping trip (first aid, fire starters, some food, shelter materials, mess kit...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Greg‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Michael‭

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What are the advantages of a vapour barrier?

I was recently reading an article on UKClimbing by Andy Kirkpatrick about clothing in winter. It talks about vapour barriers: I’ve played around with vapour barrier socks over many years, and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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If I put a smoker in a shed, does my exhaust have to be at the top of my shed? (Does exhaust height matter)?

I'm looking to purchase a " Weber Smokey Mountain," but wanted to get an enclosure for it so that during cold/rainy/windy weather I can smoke without issues, since I heard it isn't greatly insulate...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by XaolingBao‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How does a synthetic overbag work?

In really cold temperatures, it's often recommended to use a separate overbag made from a synthetic material over your main down sleeping bag. Supposedly this helps moisture (from your body) escape...

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Winter Camping: How to warm up your boots in the morning?

Is there a good technique to warm up your boots in the morning? Should you just put them on and warm them up with your feet or is there a better alternative?

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by sixtyfootersdude‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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How to keep your nose warm in a sleeping bag during the winter?

When sleeping in cold temperatures in a sleeping bag with the opening closed to the minimum — just your face — how to keep your nose from getting cold? I feel like the cold air coming in will alway...

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Are liner mittens significantly warmer than liner gloves?

Under a windproof shell mitten, is an insulating liner mitten significantly warmer than an insulating liner glove made of the same material and thickness? This is a different question from "Are mi...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jordan‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Tarp ridgeline attachment: over, under or from the edges?

Talking about the basic A-frame formation, where there is a higher up ridgeline going through the middle of a rectangular tarp (non-diagonally) e.g. from tree to tree, and the two sides are pegged ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Michael‭

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Does toothpaste freeze?

When camping in freezing conditions, does normal toothpaste freeze? I imagine it would be hopeless to get it out of the tube.. And in the event that it does indeed freeze, are there some non-freez...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Why is the "alpine style" of climbing not as popular in the Himalayas?

While there have been some accomplished climbers who have done this in the Himalayan peaks, alpine style remains relatively rare in the Himalayas. Most climbing is done in the expedition style with...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Mithical‭

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How should I prepare for and react to unleashed dogs when hiking with young children?

I take my young children (0-7 years) outside to local trails. It's not remote, virgin wilderness, just a few dozen hectares of forest and stream. The kids enjoy it, and the youngest one is still le...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Lundin‭

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What are some simple tasks to teach knife safety?

My younger brother (14 years old) has recently expressed interest in joining my outdoor escapades (hiking, camping, backpacking, etc). As part of this interest, he has asked me to teach him how to ...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Zach L‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Kevin Krumwiede‭

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Are there any affordable night vision goggles that are good and available to civilians?

I quite often go hiking in the evening after work and I have a good head torch but sometimes I wish I had some night vision goggles because often a headtorch will scare wildlife and cause farm anim...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Michael‭

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What are some good games or activities to do on a hike?

A few friends and I regularly play board games and RPGs together. We are planning a casual hiking and camping trip. We will go by car to the trailhead and hike in with our gear, tent camp overnight...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Sigma‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Michael‭

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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

I like to hike, and I have two large dogs (German Shepherd, Presa Canario). After a long hike I look reasonably homeless (long hair, unshaven, muddy). Combined with two large, potentially dangero...

12 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Censored to protect the guilty‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Michael‭

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Folding versus fixed blade knives

Similar to Serrated vs flat-edge knives, I'm wondering what the strengths and weaknesses are of folding knives versus fixed blade knives? What are fixed blades good for? What are folding knives no...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by studiohack‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Michael‭

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Water preparation on desert hiking

I have heard that if you drink a lot of water as a habit, the body doesn't do much retention. Therefore, if you are preparing for a hiking in the desert where not much water will be available, is...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by userS‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Michael‭

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What are the safety concerns of a high vs a low mount trailer hitch?

When you Google for images of "canoe & bike," you find two basic solutions to towing a canoe with a bike: A traditional axle mounted trailer is modified to have a tongue long enough to loa...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Michael‭

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Does a softshell/hardshell specific DWR product make a difference?

E.g. Nikwax has different DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment products for softshells and hardshells. Are these actually different products (other than in label)? Can one substitute one for t...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Micro-Fractures in Climbing Equipments

I have always been very careful while handling climbing gear. Last year while returning from an expedition, I met a group that was returning from a tough-looking climb. They were selling off a few ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Nick‭

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How many calories does hiking burn?

My girlfriend and I went for a walk on Sun. We climbed 3 peaks in Snowdonia. My girlfriend had one of them Nike tracking apps running on her phone all the while. In the end it gave us these stats: ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Mithical‭

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Is there a handgun or rifle target practice set-up for the home?

I want to learn target practice inside my house. The goal is to eventually use these skills in The Great Outdoors. I'm looking for: a non-real (e.g. BB type) handgun or rifle that has realistic r...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by thanks_in_advance‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How effective are Air (1) Pistols and (2) Rifles, bought in Canadian retailers, against dangerous animals?

My family lacks any firearms license or training whatsoever. To what degree can store-bought (Canadian Tire, Home Hardware) Air Pistols Air Rifles fend off wild dangerous animals? Pa...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Where's this road, that a car is driving on, beside water and snow capped mountains?

I screen shot https://youtu.be/pLcqJ2DclEg?t=35.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Loong‭

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How can I attach a BARE (no accessories) flashlight to a rental car, to illuminate the hinterland ahead?

My family wants to off-road. Due to COVID, we'll avoid other people to our best ability. The boondocks where we'll be driving won't have lights, let alone on roads. I've spoken to all rental RV an...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Criggie‭

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Training to Circumambulate Around Mount Kailash

I wish to circumambulate around Mount Kailash on foot. This is roughly 33 miles of mountaineous terrain. Many people do this for spiritual reasons, i.e circumambulate once to wash away your sins, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Rhonda‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How can I physically prepare for high altitude hiking?

I intend to go to Tibet in August. I play badminton,tabletennis or volleyball every week and my fitness is decent. But I have not been exposed to high altitudes like in Tibet (16000 ft; 4900 m). Ho...

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How to grade a trek?

What are the criteria used for grading a trek? One article that I came across provided the following set criteria for grading: Duration. Terrain (includes altitude). Exit routes. Weather/Climat...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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6 day trek in Nepal Himalaya

What are some easy/moderate hikes in the Nepal Himalayas that do not span more than 6 days of walking? I looked at Jomsom trek but it is 8 days. I am looking for a trek that offers nice scenic beau...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Victor123‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Mithical‭

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Why do I see rodents out in a gale?

I live in a rural area around 59° north. When driving around I often see rodents darting across the roads during high winds (20-50mph), but very rarely see them when the weather is calm. Rain doesn...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Pastychomper‭

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To leaf peep in Adirondack Park, how many Scenic ViewPoints can you drive up to?

My octogenarian grandma needs walking aids. She's physically unable to hike or rove. But she still pines to leaf peep — known in Japanese as momijigari (紅葉狩) — while seated in the car. Thus we are ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Where do bald eagles go at night if not in their own nests?

I've recently learned of a local eagle cam and have been enjoying watching a pair of bald eagles and their three chicks. While I don't have access to many days of video to check (the site buffers ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Pastychomper‭

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Where's this mountain road, in Kumamoto Japan?

COVID permitting, I want to travel to Japan. I lighted upon the top and bottom picture on reddit.com/r/RoadPorn. 1. Please pinpoint on Google Maps? This road looks too hazardous and narrow for a...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Planted cherry tomatoes too close together; can I still recover?

Two weeks ago I planted two small cherry-tomato seedlings ("tidy treats" variety; the description used words like "small" and "compact") into one 10" pot. I now know that's too close; I'm a beginn...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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What are these hooks on the rear and front tubes, right above the wheels?

My bicycle has a hook on the rear tube and one on the front fork. Both are of the same kind, face outside and upwards, and are positioned just above the wheels, as you can see in the pictures belo...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Where are these waterfront houses in Shelton, Connecticut?

u/wadanohaaara comments After some research, I found out that this is located in Shelton, Connecticut But where exactly?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Was this photo taken near the Snaring River in Jasper National Park, Alberta?

The OP on Reddit deleted his account. I copied and pasted Andre1661's comment into the Title of this post.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Is this outdoor fireplace located in the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, Wyoming?

Anyone recognize the mountains in the background? I'm surmising Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club in view of u/Falcitone's comment This is at a golf course right outside of Jackson Hole, Wyomin...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Where can you safely park your vehicle, to behold Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta?

I refer to just the bottom pic. I see a road on the left, but no parking. How can you safely access this picture's standpoint? Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 187.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Where can you safely park beside these houses at Kalamalka Lake, BC? [closed]

Unquestionably, the top picture below was taken further south than Kalamaka Lakeview Drive Lookout. I spent an hour looking on Google Maps, and the most similar picture is from High Ridge Road. Bu...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How can I get oil out of my MTB disc brake pads?

I went to get something on my mountain bike checked out at the bike shop, and at the same time they told me that my brake pads were absorbing oil. Short of replacing the disc brake pads, is there ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Please ID this indoor plant — with big green leaves — that shrivelled up in Guangzhou China?

Pls see 2 pictures below. Left pic — plant when I bought it from store in Guangzhou, China. Plant is still in Guangzhou where I live. Right pic — plant now, wilted and withered.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by user‭  ·  edited 2y ago by user‭

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Jig Radio, Wiesbaden?

I found the picture below in a stash of things that belonged to my father. My father served in the US army during WWII in the signal corps. He was referred to unofficially as a "radio repairman" ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Where on Google Maps are these houses on top of a brown sandy cliff, with trees and a rill below — in Lethbridge, Alberta? [closed]

I refer to just the top left picture. Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, pages 96-7.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Where on Google Maps is this golden field with landlocked ponds? — Cudworth, SK [closed]

I refer to just the picture at the top. Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 49.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Where on Google Maps is this road, amidst trees and a mountain? Range Mountains, Newfoundland. [closed]

I forgot to photograph the location printed in the book, but I wrote it down as Range Mountains, Newfoundland. Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 104.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭