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General Q&A about the great outdoors and outdoor pursuits.

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What is the most suitable cooking equipment to use for a long duration in central asia countries?

I'm about to go on a 2 month trip from England to Mongolia via Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakstan to mention a few far flung countries. Ideally I'd want a gas stove top such that refuelling th...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by ajmccall‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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How can I make/improvise a rope on a trip?

If I'm out in the wilderness and find myself in need of a rope I don't have with me (forgotten, not enough, another snapped), how can I make one? Are there any natural ropes I could use with minima...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Kevin‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Is digging a "cold hole" really effective when sheltering in a snowed area?

One recommendation I got in case of emergency or intentional sheltering in a snowy location is to dig a lower hole, so that the cold air can move there, while one can sleep higher up where the heat...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Stefano Borini‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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How do I store my sleeping bag for long periods?

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to store my sleeping bag for long periods of time? We're at the point where we have more than one set of gear. We use different gear for differe...

0 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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How can I locate lanes where I can legally drive a 4x4 in the UK?

As above really, is there a resource where I can find all the "off-road" style lanes in the UK where I could legally drive a 4x4?

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Need Help Choosing A Surf Board

I really enjoy surfing and would say that I am intermediate level or definitely over the beginner curve. Anyway I am looking at these 4 boards right now and need to know what experience you guys ha...

0 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by GrooveChampion‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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How can I improve on the straps on my travel pack?

I'm not back packing in the wilderness. I hope that doesn't disqualify me from asking a question that I think is still relevant for back-packers in general. I have an MEI Travel Pack that I'm pret...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Flimzy‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Looking for a boot recommendation

I'm planing on taking the Yamnuska Snow and Ice Long Weekend class in September. The final day includes a summit attempt on Mt. Athabasca (3491m). I'm looking to buy my first pair of mountaineering...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by bshacklett‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?

If I want to get started on indoor climbing, what is the bare minimum I need to have, assuming I don't want to rent equipment?

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Gas or Electric trolling motor?

What are the important differences between a gas and electric trolling motor for fishing in a small jon boat? I'm primarily concerned on the impact the the actual fishing (as opposed to any discus...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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I put a big gouge in the bow of my canoe going across rocks. How can I fix it?

While going through some rapids, we slid across a jagged rock and it put a huge gouge in the bow of my fiberglass canoe. What method and process is best for repairing it, so that next time I hit so...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by whatsisname‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Should I be careful to use only dry rocks while building a campfire?

Possible Duplicate: How to avoid exploding rocks If I build a campfire with damp rocks, is there any possibility of the rocks exploding? I had this happen once while burning trash, becau...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by J. Musser‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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What steps should I take if someone starts sinking?

What are the steps that should be taken if someone you're hiking with starts to sink uncontrollably into say a marsh? What are some good techniques and points that should be used to get them out sa...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Are there any year round beaches with nearby bouldering?

I want it all in one. I recently went to Florida and fell in love with West Palm Beach, but I could never live there due to the lack of climbing. Are there any locations which combine year roun...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Patrick Lee Scott‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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How should I put out a campfire while away from civilization?

If I build a campfire, but need to move on before it goes cold, how should I put it out? I wouldn't want to use my drinking water. Should I bring a covering to smother it with?

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by J. Musser‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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What equipment is recommended when camping with a baby?

I have a 3 month old daughter and am currently planning a short camping trip next month here in Australia where the weather should be warm but may also be wet. What should I take to ensure an enjoy...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by John Doyle‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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What is the minimum gap needed for a windscreen on a cat can stove?

I've constructed a cat can jet stove as described here. He has a windscreen design, but it seems to be overkill (and doesn't work for my pot). I've tried a couple of my own now, but they are all ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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How to get more information about a planned tour?

This summer, I plan to walk from the Wormser Hütte in Austria to the Heilbronner Hütte in Austria. I know that this can be done in 1 day, but when googeling, the tour length differs a lot. Some sou...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by RoflcoptrException‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?

Recently I came across pour and store bags. They seem a bit similar to the bags for trekking freeze-dried meals like Travel lunch. That gave me the idea of preparing the meals myself beforehand and...

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

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What's the advantage to a bent-shaft paddle?

What's the advantage (or advantages) of a bent-shaft canoe paddle? I've been told that it allows for more efficient use of both arms: the rationale I heard was that your arm on the grip does more ...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Edward Thomson‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Putting in contact lenses when outdoors

I am wearing contact lenses on a daily basis. Many times, when outdoors, I cannot put in my contact lenses (because of limited time or just no sterile conditions). Is there any cleaner I could saf...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by syntagma‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Kilimanjaro expedition - trousers - softshell vs. gore-tex

I am going on an expedition to Kilimanjaro and I'm going to buy new trousers specifically for this purpose. Some agencies recommend to take soft shell trousers and I'm not sure if it would be the b...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by syntagma‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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What is the best way to break up a fight among dogs on a sled line?

Fights happen. Sled dogs have personalities that aren't always compatible... Is there a technique to breaking up a fight that will minimize risk of injury to both me and my dogs?

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Left-Handed Helical Fletching

When you are fletching your arrows does a lefty shoot with a left helix in their fletching or is it still at a right helix? The reason I ask is the most common fletching tools are to give a right ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by J Lundberg‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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NuCanoe 12' vs. NuFontier 12'

I'm in the market for a kayak that will be used for inshore fishing, paddling, and occasionally hunting. Can anyone help me with the differences between the NuCanoe 12' and the NuFontier 12'?

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by ssduplantis‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How do I tie a stopper knot?

A stopper knot is often used to prevent rope from unexpectedly going throu some hole, such as a belay device. How would I tie a stopper knot?

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

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Why tunnel tents for the poles, Geodesic for the mountains?

I've noticed that polar expeditions seem to favour tunnel tents, and mountaineering expeditions prefer geodesic designs. Is there a reason why one design fares better than the other in its preferre...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Simon Hodgson‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What are the most important indicators of an high-risk avalanche zone?

If I'm heading out ski touring into an area I haven't been, what are the most important things to look for and think about to avoid high-risk areas for avalanches?

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Ross‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How is ATA measured on a compound bow?

I know that ATA is axle to axle, but is that when the bow is drawn and the limbs are flexed or when the limbs are relaxed and the compound bow is undrawn?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by J Lundberg‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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For a DIY wood burning stove, is there a significant advantage of the double wall "bushbuddy" style?

I made myself a simple wood burning stove from a small tomato can, and I am pretty happy with it, but now I am wondering if I would get significantly increased performance by making a more complica...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How do you punch out toes in ski-touring boots?

I've got a pair of custom moulded Scarpa Spirit 4 touring boots where the big toes are bit too tight (I've lost the nails after a day or two of touring more than once). What is the proper techniqu...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by furtive‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How to find objective reviews of outdoors gear?

It is often difficult to know what to look for when shopping for outdoors gear. Is there some magazine, website, or other resource that does Consumer Reports style objective evaluation of outdoor...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by nibot‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How to store fuel tablets for travel

I'm looking into using some fuel tablets for cooking with a stove like this esbit as a backup/emergency stove when rafting. However I have heard that the fuel can easily foul food, clothing, etc. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Stereotypical‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?

Say I'm hiking outdoors and I get a scrape. I've forgotten my first aid pack, or already used up the appropriate supplies. Is there anything in the wilderness I can use to sterilize and perhaps cov...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Kevin‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What does IBO on a bow mean and how is it calculated?

When I look at bow manufacturers' websites, I see bows are rated with an IBO for their arrows speed. I was wondering what IBO stands for and how it is calculated.

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by J Lundberg‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Sky map for tropics

I like to use rotational sky maps to use in the field, but I have this only for latitude 50°N. I'd like to have a similar sky map for tropics: 10°N. Do you know where I can order one?

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Tomas‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Do I need skins to drag a pulk on skis?

In a few weeks time I will be taking part in expedition skiing across Iceland. Our kit will be in pulks and we will be skiing with Nordic skis. Uphill I'm sure we'll need skins, but on the flatter ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Simon Hodgson‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What exercises are recommended to build strength for hiking?

I've not had much opportunity to go hiking for any decent distance recently and I feel the next time I do my body will probably complain a lot. However, I've access to a gym with a lot of equipment...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by John Doyle‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How do I pack a mummy type sleeping bag in a M10 or M28 haversack?

It is fairly easy to pack a blanket or a small sleeping bag in a haversack, but in cold weather, one would sometimes like to have a warmer bag. A mummy type sleeping bag usually does not roll up e...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Staying dry in severe weather

I've been in pretty big storms before on campouts, but only two were big enough that the water would seep in through the sides of the tent. One of those times I used a tarp, rope, trees, and leaves...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Different55‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Where are good places to look for water sources when I have run out on a multi-day hike?

Luckily this has never happened to me, but even the most prepared hiker can often get themselves into difficulties if they run out of water. My question here is in your experience in remote arid mo...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Aim Kai‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How to make a signal fire that can be seen miles away

If I were lost in the North American woods, how could I make a signal fire that would attract attention many miles away ?

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Are there any cheap 1:25K electronic maps for the UK or Europe?

I have looked at offerings from MemoryMap and Anquet, but once you scale beyond a small area they become prohibitively expensive.

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Chris Ballard‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Pain in the heel after a hike

So, I just went hiking, testing out a pretty new pair of shoes. The test trail was about 6 miles round trip. I started to notice on the way back that the back of my heel was a bit uncomfortable, li...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by PearsonArtPhoto‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Why do shin splints happen?

I've gotten shin splints on long hikes - once 2 weeks into a hike, and another time 2 months. I wasn't able to determine how I got them though, which has really annoyed me! I get that I could pro...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Ryley‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Is there a way to reduce mosquito bites from swelling

Possible Duplicate: What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite? Anyone have suggestions on how to reduce or prevent mosquito bites from swelling or becoming in...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by RDL‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How long is too long to suffer from constipation in the back country?

Quite commonly, due to the barrage of newness the body experiences on an outdoor outing (new sensations, new exercise habits, new diet, etc) the body can stop the system up while it tries to figure...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How can you prevent trekking pole locking mechanisms from slipping?

When using trekking poles with a twist-and-lock locking mechanism, I've experienced slipping (the poles will slightly collapse during use, making you frequently extend and re-lock it). Is there som...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What to bring into a tree stand?

What should you be putting into your pack when you head up to a tree stand, beyond your gun or bow and ammo, to hunt whitetail deer?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by J Lundberg‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Is it better to camp in a disturbed area, or pick a new spot and let the first rest?

When practicing Leave No Trace camping (which I am sure we all do), which camp spot should I choose, assuming there is not an obvious well-impacted "sacrifice site" nearby to concentrate my impact ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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