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What are the best resources for learning about foraging?

Having recently moved the country (North Wilts, UK) I am really excited by the idea of getting out into the land and foraging for food and to brew with, but I have no idea where to start. I don't ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Mild Fuzz‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Factors to be considered and prepared in case of unavoidable bivouac

There are numerous situations when mountaineers may have to bivouac. A few of them are exceptionally not advised but unavoidable at the same time. I was going through the details of the K2-Trag...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Small fitting outerwear

I'm a smaller guy (5'7"/125lbs) and I always have difficulty finding clothes. I'm currently looking for some type of down/synthetic filled layer to go ice climbing in. My main issue is a men's smal...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Miles‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Shall I buy a Large size shell if I am wearing Medium size Down Jacket?

So that I can have some spaces to wear Down or Fleece inside the jacket? Normally Large size shell is too large for me, or I should buy the same size so as fit as possible?

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Ryan‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How to get rid of the smell from indoor climbing shoes?

When I go climbing indoors I typically wear my climbing shoes without socks because this gives me slightly better control over my feet while climbing which I particularly need in overhangs. The pr...

0 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Michiel‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Freezing fingers and toes

When I work outside in near zero degree temps and mittens or gloves are too cumbersome to work with my fingers get so cold they ache. My toes may get cold and ache as well depending on how long I'm...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by toyman2014‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What shoes to wear while climbing monolithic granite rocks?

There are a few monolithic granite rocks around my city. These are rocks with gradient of around 30 - 40 degrees. None of these offer a technical rock climbing opportunity. It's mostly about hiking...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Effective measures to minimize the damage due to Snow-blindness?

I was reading the novel: No Way Down by Graham Bowley, which is a detailed account of August 2008 K2 tragedy. There was a survivor named Wilco Van Rooijen, who eventually was rescued up somewhere b...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Climbing volcanic mountains

I'm planning to climb a few volcanic mountains in Indonesia the coming year. Mostly Mt Kerinci and a few adjoining ones (I'm still making a list of those near by to Kerinci). I believe that most v...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Are nutrition bars/energy bars good for high altitude treks?

In this question Suitable food for high altitude trekking Wedapashi asks about food for high altitude trekking. Also, in this question, there is a discussion about engergy bars. One of the answers ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How to rappel on an over-hanging cliff?

I have rappelled quite a few times. I have also done commando rappel on shorter patches (up to 100 ft or so). The pic of a cliff that I have attached below is Kokankada. The height to rappel will b...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?

There are many different kinds of insect repellents and bug sprays on the market: sprays and lotions, chemical and natural, huge percentages of DEET and lower percentages, etc. What type of bug re...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Do CO2-based mosquito traps work?

My parents get a lot of mosquitoes in their garden during the summer. We've tried torches with citronella additives in the oil, but this has not been effective. I don't want to install a UV-based...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by UpTheCreek‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What should I do about a reviewer who leaks final coordinates?

Mystery- or multi-caches are not published with their real coordinates, but with fake coordinates that have to be within a certain distance of the cache. Reviewers however need to receive the real ...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Baarn‭

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How do I tie a figure of 8 knot

How would I tie a double figure of eight knot for attaching to a rock climbing harness?

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Can Primaloft One be Layered?

I currently wear a Polartec Power Dry base layer and a 60g Primaloft One insulated jacket. This keeps me warm all the way down to about -10C when active(walking/hiking/Cycling). At temperatur...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by AM_Hawk‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Lowe Alpine - TFX Cerro Torre: pack is moving to sides

I bought a new pack Love Alpine TFX Cerro Torre 65:85 (this one). I am quite satisfied, but have one problem. The pack is moving to sides and isn't very stable. On begs it fits really well, bat th...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Tom Tich&#xFD;‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Body weight compressing Down insulation in Sleeping Bag

Supposedly Down (and most other sleeping bag insulations) lose a lot of their thermal insulating properties when they are compressed. When I'm inside a sleeping bag, obviously whichever side is on...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by themirror‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Rock Climbing - Beginner's Guide for Quick Improvement?

I've recently become quite interested in climbing, and I have been frequenting a local gym. As I become more serious, I'm curious how to most quickly improve. For example, Should I focus on im...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by bhekman‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How do I mount a hangboard in an apartment?

In the last few months I have come to the conclusion that I need to have a fingerboard at home if my climbing is to get to the next level. But the problem is that I live in an apartment. How can I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by theJollySin‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Is it really that unsafe to touch a stranger's wound?

I am about to participate in a first aid training workshop. Before I do so, I am supposed to pass an online first aid course. While going through the course, I came across this section about applyi...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by ArjunShankar‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Sleeping pad inside or outside bivy bag?

I have recently started trying out the backpackinglight.com mantra of a tarp and a water resistant breathable top bivy bag with a waterproof bathtub bottom (basically a shrunk inner tent). Assumin...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by nsandersen‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What Rope to purchase?

I climb comfortably at 5.11c at my gym (Top Rope Only), but I have never climbed outdoors so a group of experienced climbers have offered to teach my friend and I how to lead sport routes. I have ...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by AM_Hawk‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Tips for travelling through Europe with just a tent

Myself and my girlfriend are hoping to start off in the Netherlands and hitchhike our way down to the south of Spain through various French towns / cities. We are planning on just bringing sleepin...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by TomSelleck‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Does my layering system need adjusting?

I'll be "backpacking" -- to imply traveling from country to country, but also hiking and camping in the backcountry -- various parts of Europe in winter for 3 months. I've camped and hiked before,...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by MarkE‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Cramping Fingers

I recently re-started to get into rock climbing but I've been having a lot of tough time with my fingers cramping up after I get off the wall. And the worst part of it is, I have to paddle down a g...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?

All of the arguments I've heard against using this method assume that you have adequate supplies for alternate rewarming methods. If you literally didn't, and it appeared they were going to freeze ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Chris Carr‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Is it ever safe to let a hypothermic person sleep?

My understanding is that with severely hypothermic patients you want to keep them awake if possible. I'd heard moving a hypothermic patient is risky as you dont want to jostle them, some wilderness...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Chris Carr‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Minimal northwest mountain camping with emerg. bivvy and tarp?

I plan to do some overnight solo camping in the mountains (400-1200m elevation range) in the next few weeks to escape Vancouver for a bit. My available layers I can bring are polypropylene thermal...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Alexander‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?

What are the criteria that I should worry about when buying energy bars ? What are the ingredients to avoid and those to look for ?

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Amine‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What are the proper precautions/protocols for storing food while car camping in an area with bears?

Anyone with experience in bear-populated areas, what's the best way to store food when your on the move with a car? Are some foods better than others? Wondering specifically about black bears in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How do you wash your water repellent apparel (DWR)?

Although some have said that Tide was acceptable, I've read that any kind of detergent is unsuitable for washing water repellent / breathable material. Apparently detergent leaves behind a residue...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Dowwie‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Will any filter/pump purifier last through longer hikes?

I've been reading a lot of product reviews, and filter/pump solutions seem to be very high maintenance, very heavy, or both. Are there any lightweight filters which can be relied on for many liter...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What shoes keep me warm in the cold?

One of the biggest problems I have keeping warm in the cold are my shoes. When I'm out cycling in temperatures below -20°C, ordinary sport-shoes or hiking boots fail to keep me warm Cycling to wo...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How do I set a top rope anchor?

When rock-climbing, I need to set up a top-rope anchor so if I fall, it will minimize chance of injury. So, how would I safely set one up?

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How to put trekking poles in back pack?

I have trekking poles that I need to store in my back pack for air travel. However, the manual says for long term storage -- in my case, possibly days to a few weeks before I need to use them -- th...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by MarkE‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Sweating in sleeping bag

I sweat a great deal when I sleep. When it's really warm outside at night I just keep my bag unzipped and there's no problem. However, when it starts to get cold and I have to zip my bag up, I soon...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Tradsud‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Will using a sleeping bag stop the body from adapting to cold?

The sleeping bag (at least as I've understood it) works in that way, that it uses the heat the body creates to create a layer of heat air between the body and the sleeping bag's border, therefore p...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What is the main purpose of the foam inside a self-inflating mat?

All self-inflating mats I have seen are self-inflating in the sense that you’re supposed to inflate them yourself. [That is, the mat self-inflates a bit, but mostly you have to breathe the air in.]...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by zoul‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How can I tell if a natural snow-bridge is safe to cross?

In early summer in the high mountains, snowfields may lie over rivers. These rivers may be otherwise tricky to ford, and it can be very tempting to use the snowfield to cross the river. However, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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What backpacking water purification techniques can be substituted safely during a city's boil order?

Can I use my Sawyer filter when the city issues a boil order? Or could there contaminants such as viruses present that require boiling? How about other filters such as carbon filters? I'm confiden...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Don Branson‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Where can you find an online elevation profile of Tahoe Rim Trail?

Where can I find a good elevation profile of Tahoe Rim Trail? This website has an elevation profile based on GPS data points. However, it is not laid out in a very useful format. I'm looking for s...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by ppl‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How to tell when a muzzleloader nipple needs to be replaced?

I've used muzzleloaders for years without a problem, but heard that the nipples can fail catastrophically, causing injury to the face. Is there a way to tell when it's time to replace them?

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Don Branson‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Which one is scientifically better for carrying water during an expedition: A hard fiber bottle or an Aluminium Bottle?

I have come across two good products for carrying the water during expeditions. I wonder which of them would be scientifically better to have along. Yes, I agree that this question may sound lik...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How to realize/judge/assume if one has now fully acclimatized?

I have an expedition planned in Himalayas, around the Mt. Kanchenjunga region. I believe at higher altitudes, apart from preparation (both physical and psychological), one has to be sure about a fa...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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How do I prevent soreness due to friction when swimming?

When swimming in the ocean I often get rashes where I have skin to skin contact, especially where my arms move against my torso and where my thighs move against each other. What can I do to prevent...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by SierraCalifornicus‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Where to store non-food related trash in bear territory?

I know I am supposed to put food-related trash inside my bear canister. Should I also put used female hygiene products and ziplock bags holding used toilet paper inside my bear canister over night?...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by SierraCalifornicus‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Scafell Pike ascent

Do any of the Scafell Pike ascents cross rivers/lakes? I want to hike Scafell Pike, but I don't want to be looking at rocks the whole time. I'd prefer to lake or stream/river scenery. Does anyone k...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by MarkE‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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For fording cold rivers, is there any special clothing (as opposed to makeshift bags or tightly connected raintrousers) to stay dry and warm?

On my treks, I often need to ford rivers — on my last trek (3½ day) I forded five, including four on a single day (not counting &gt;100 smaller streams). My current practice is to take off my boot...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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An x-hour hike. Is that to the peak/summit or back and forth?

While planning my trip, I was looking at some trails. They all say x amount of hours, but I didn't know if that was to the peak or if that was back and forth. What is the general rule?

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by MarkE‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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