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

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How can I avoid putting cinder burn holes in my clothing?

This is especially problematic if you dress up in layers, the last one being, for example, a raincoat. Putting a burn hole through your rain coat let's the rain in... Are there some tricks in fire...

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

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How to deal with wet feet?

Say for instance I'm walking on boggy ground, I find a small muddy hole or some other minor tragedy that leaves one or both of my feet soaking wet and caked in mud. What is the best way to deal wit...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Pureferret‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What is the best material to make an outdoor shelter roof out of?

Say you are caught out without a tent in mild temperature conditions, e.g. moorland/woods. What material would you look for to make a good shelter roof out of?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Aim Kai‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What kinds of knives are allowed while camping in California?

I have read that California has some of the strictest weapons laws in the US. What types of knives are allowed when camping, hiking, or hunting? What should someone camping in California know befor...

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

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What essentials should you bring with you on a day hike?

Possible Duplicate: What are essential items in an emergency kit? Another question asked about emergency supplies you'd bring on a multi-day hiking trip. But many people prefer going on ...

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭

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How do I recognize if someone is suffering from hypothermia?

How can I recognize symptoms of hypothermia on myself and other people I camp with?

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

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What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?

Let's say I want to tie a hard object to the top of my car, like a kayak. What is the preferred knot for cinching it down tightly? I often run into this problem with boats, lumber, and the like. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Mike M. Lin‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What are the different materials for ski climbing skins and advantages to each?

I'm using mohair climbing skins right now but I've heard of other materials. What others are there and how do they compare to mohair?

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

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What is the difference between Class III, Class IV, and Class V rapids?

I'm planning a whitewater rafting trip, and I keep reading that different rapids are different classes, and sometimes the same rapid is different classes at different times of the year? What do th...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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How do I Eskimo roll a kayak?

If I am whitewater or sea kayaking, it is possible that my kayak will get overturned leading to a live or death situation. I've heard that it is possible to roll the kayak so it is right side up a...

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

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What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?

Avalanches are extremely dangerous when mountaineering, winter backpacking/camping, or backcountry skiing/snowboarding. What causes them and is there any way I can predict when an avalanche is abo...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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Serrated vs flat-edge knives

Each has their purpose, I'm sure. So for what activities is each better? When would I use one over the other? What about half-serrated blades?

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

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What is the difference between camber and rocker shaped snowboards?

When looking at snowboards, they are described as being camber-shaped, rocker-shaped, or a hybrid? What's the difference between them, and when is one preferred over the other?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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What should I do when I'm lost?

What should I do when I get disoriented or lost? How can I find help or make myself easier to find? This is a general question to do when lost in the wilderness, whether it is a meadow or mountai...

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

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Hiking boots vs trail shoes

I have two sets of shoes that I wear while hiking. My favorite by far are my light weight trail running shoes. I have worn them on 9 mile hikes without any break-in, and went blister free. From a c...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Timothy Strimple‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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