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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 22h ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Hydration for pets

We all know when we get dehydrated. And hence we make sure it doesn't get worst. I was on a trek this weekend. A strong stray dog from a village chose to accompany me and being alone, I was happy ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 22h ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to deal with condensation in a tent?

I often camp in rainy or very humid weather, and I often have condensation forming inside my tent. What can I do to minimize this? My tent has vents, but I’m not sure how to make the best use of ...

13 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Big General‭  ·  last activity 3d ago by trueframe‭

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What is the advantage of a running vest instead of a backpack for trail running?

I keep seeing trail runners who instead of a small light backpack, have a running vest with small front pockets and then one on the back. What is the advantage of a running vest over a small backpa...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5d ago by Okkabeautydubai‭

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How to find a safe portable 1500 watt heater

I have 20+ year old space heater that is nearing end of life. 120 volt, 1500 watts We use it in the camper when have electric hookup, and need a little extra heat. I started looking online for a...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 9d ago by Michael‭

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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...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Pastychomper‭  ·  last activity 9d ago by Spamalot‭

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What is this object in my garden (that looks like a bomb)?

My parents moved into a new house several years ago. In one of the gardens behind the house, we found this round metal object about the size of a bowling ball: Both my mom and I think that it ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Trevor‭  ·  last activity 9d ago by Lundin‭

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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 17d ago by Mithical‭

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Can windowless tents be adjusted for adequate ventilation?

I have an older tent, and it has some zip-down windows that can be completely closed, or opened for ventilation, with a rainfly that covers more or less just the top of the tent and leaves the wind...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by fields‭  ·  last activity 17d ago by trueframe‭

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Are there any tips for preventing a vehicle from being broken into while parked at a trailhead?

It is fairly common practice to drive to a trailhead, park your vehicle and then go backpacking for a while. It would be a real bummer to come back from a trip and find that your vehicle has been b...

13 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Gas or liquid fuel lighter?

My backpack of course has a rechargeable gas lighter. I am considering buying a good Zippo, as I feel it more resistant, and it does not need to be kept with your hands to stay on. Would you sugges...

5 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Stefano Borini‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by Iizuki‭

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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 3mo 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 12y ago by Stefano Borini‭  ·  last activity 4mo 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 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 4mo 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 4mo 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 4mo 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 4mo 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 4mo 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 4mo 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 4mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 4mo 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 4mo 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 4mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 4mo 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 5mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 5mo 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 6mo 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 6mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 6mo 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 9y ago by Zach L‭  ·  last activity 7mo 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 7mo 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 7mo 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 7mo 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 7mo 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 7mo 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 7mo 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 8mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 8mo 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 9mo 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 9mo 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 11mo 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 11mo 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 12mo 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 12mo 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 8y ago by Rhonda‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 1y 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 1y 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 12y ago by Victor123‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Mithical‭

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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 4y 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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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