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Where was this image of Wilcox Pass, Alberta taken?

I scanned pp 60-61 of the 2000 book Canada A Visual Journey by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. p 61 identifies this as "Wilcox Pass", but can somebody please ID this on Google Maps?

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

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Where was this image of a cove/gulf, and snowed mountains, taken in Quttinirpaaq National Park?

I scanned pp 243-5 of the 2000 book Canada A Visual Journey by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. The description on p 243 fails to specify the precise location of this image. I don't know the technical term for ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Which edge of a cliff was this photographer standing at Gros Morne National Park?

I scanned pp 214-5 of the 2000 book Canada A Visual Journey by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. The rocks at the bottom of this picture, hint that the photographer was standing on the edge of this mountain.

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Where's this hill in Qu'Appelle Valley?

I scanned pp 86-7 of the 2000 book Canada A Visual Journey by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. I'm asking about the image on the left.

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Where was this image of Tchesinkut Lake taken?

I scanned p 22 of the 2000 book Canada A Visual Journey by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. p 21 states "Tchesinkut Lake", but can someone please ID this on Google Maps?

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

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Where was this image of Cathedral Mountain, in Yoho National Park, taken?

I scanned pp 40-41 of the 2000 book Canada A Visual Journey by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. p 39 identifies this as "Cathedral Mountain", but can somebody please ID this on Google Maps?

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭

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Which snowy mountains and lake in California did Chloe Kim drive to?

3:10 has more video of this location. Chloe's Korean American born and raised in California. I'm guessing this is in California? Can I drive to this location in my BMW 3 Series Sedan? Are there pa...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Where's this lone tree and hills south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan?

This has been photographed at least twice . Where is it? Can you drive right up to it? This was photographed back in early July, before it stopped raining completely. I hiked into the hill...

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

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Where was this picture of the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin river taken?

In 1892-1896 Theodore Solomons took this picture of the in the Sierra Nevada mountains. That would put it on the east side of the Ritter Range and likely south of Mt Ritter. Does anyone recogni...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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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...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by TextKit‭

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How can I attach a flashlight WITH A STRAP to a rental car, to illuminate the hinterland ahead?

Same factual background as this question, but now presume that my flashlight comes with a strap. Then how best to mount it temporarily to the rental car or RV?

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭

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What are the pros and cons of a bear can vs an Ursack?

There are basically two bear-resistant containers meant for storing food while backpacking, bear canisters and Ursacks. What are the pros and cons of each?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How does powdered peanut butter compare to regular peanut butter for backpacking?

I have heard of people using powdered instead of regular peanut butter for backpacking, mostly on the theory that it is lighter. How does powdered peanut butter compare to regular peanut butter?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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What is the compatibility between Weaver and Picatinny railed mounting systems for scopes?

There are two main kinds of railed mounting systems for rifle scopes and some other types of rifle attachments like bipods or lights known as Weaver and Picatinny. What is the compatibility betwee...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Is it safe to carry a propane gas cylinder in minivan?

Is it safe to carry the 20 lbs propane gas cylinder in the minivan? I have carried the small Coleman's gas cylinder for camping in car trunk but now with family, I am not sure if what's the right ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by zar‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How far apart should scope rings be on a picatinny rail?

I just got a new hunting rifle, scope, and rings. The rifle has a picatinny rail so I am not limited in ring placement the way I would be with some of the other mounting systems. Is there any adva...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How are backpacking conditions at Yosemite in April?

Looking at the webcam, it looks like things are still pretty wintery in that area. Being Michiganders, some snow is not going to deter us (we love winter camping), but we at least want to be prepa...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Brad Koch‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Why is (almost) no one climbing hard routes on Half Dome?

I follow the international rock climbing scene, and we constantly hear of repetitions of hard routes on El Capitan. On Youtube, it is possible to find many videos of strong climbers from all over...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by valerio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Are there ice-skates that will strap to a full shank mountaineering boot?

I was hiking through the snow to a frozen alpine lake and it made me wonder if there were ice-skates that would strap directly to a mountaineering boot instead of being a completely separate boot? ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How are Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder courses being done during Covid?

I need to take either a WFR recert or a WFA before July and am wondering how Covid is affecting them. Both types of classes usually have close contact between participants but I do know they are st...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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What's special about a winter gas mixture? Why does it work better?

There’s a special “winter” gas mix available for gas stoves. How is it different from the usual propane/butane mix and why does it work better in low temperatures? (Does it work better in lower tem...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by zoul‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How well do mosquito clothing patches work?

They are said to be little patches that simply stick onto clothing, lasting for 12 hours. They are made from "natural ingredients" and DEET-free so I have my doubts. How well do they work?

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Martin F‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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What are these shells found in a gravel bank along the South Platte?

While hiking about a quarter-mile from the South Platte river I found these shells in a gravel bank. Most but not all had turned white, and they were in what looked like a gravel bank/deposit ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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What's this Spanish insect?

Seen in November in the Rincón de Ademuz, Valencian Community, Spain. I'm not sure whether the "tail" is a stinger or just wing cases, and I didn't want to find out! This was a pretty large insect...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Peter Taylor‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Can anyone help identify this skull fragment

Found in the woods next to my home in central Connecticut, USA Trying to identify, i am putting it on a shelf in my room and would like to know what it is

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Patrick noel‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How much experience is needed for crossing the Mendenhall Glacier?

I'm planning a backpacking trip to Juneau with some friends next summer and was interested in taking the North Ridge route to Bullard Mountain (see: https://www.summitpost.org/bullard-mountain/9303...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by WxPilot‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How to keep humans from stealing your food from the bear boxes in Yosemite Valley?

Some of the Yosemite Valley parking lots have communal bear boxes as do some of the trailheads because you are not supposed to store your extra food in your vehicle while you backpack. Bears can't...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by .                                                .‭

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Where did all the stink bugs go?

I live near Pittsburgh PA, and I just saw a stink bug, possibly the first one I have seen all year. In the last couple of years they have been a major pest. Now they seem to be mostly gone. Where...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How thin is "too thin" for tent guylines?

In my ongoing effort to cut tent weight we have replaced stakes, changed ground pads, and we're looking at replacing the guylines (no really, it's amazing how much cordage weighs!). At what diamet...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Footwear for one month in wet climate

Are there any suggestions on what footwear to wear in a wet climate (specific: Vietnam in September)? The use case would be mostly walking on streets, with occasional hikes in easy but slippery te...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Haini‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Where's this lake and tiny island in Algonquin Park that you can canoe to?

I saw this from r/ontario for Ontario Canada. Can someone pinpoint this on Google Maps? I wanna say ceder right at the top end by the island campsite Some other Redditors commented Opeongo?...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭

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Do tent colors have functional purposes?

I'm shopping for a new tent and considering a model that comes in two different colors-- bright orange and dark green. Purely-aesthetic preferences aside (ie, like orange more than green), are the...

10 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Chris Mendez‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Where's this fence and rolling hill photographed on Sep 2020, in Stouffville, Ontario?

I saw this from r/ontario for Ontario Canada. Can someone pinpoint this on Google Maps? The OP annunciated "Stouffville area", but someone else wrote I was going to guess Uxbridge. Open horizo...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Chgg Clou‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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What is this metal plate at the top of Mount Hoffman?

I hiked Mount Hoffman in Yosemite today and at the top there was this metal plate bolted to the rock with 4 metal rods welded to it. On the side you can also see some rivets so possibly there was s...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by pbm‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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In the United States, where would I find how a geological feature got its name?

In the US, there are plenty of interestingly named features along with lots of really repetitive ones. If I wanted to find out how a mountain/creek/river got its official name, where would I find ...

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

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How would PLA stand up to cold and wet environments?

I am thinking about making some trekking pole baskets with my 3D printer in PLA, the originals having been worn out a long time ago. PLA has problems with heat, how does it do with cold? They won'...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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What difference is removing wolves from the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act in the US going to make?

Wolves are going to be removed from the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act (pending litigation). They were already delisted in Montana and Idaho and had a hunting season in Wy...

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

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How long after a fire will the majority of the dead trees fall over?

There are several higher altitude forested areas that I go hiking that have burned this summer and I am wondering about how they will be next summer. Dead trees falling on you is always a concern w...

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

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When are cottontail rabbits most active?

If one were to go looking for cottontail rabbits, what time of day would be the best? I have noticed that it seems like there are more out and about in the afternoon than in the early morning.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Is PLA suitable for outdoor gear use in the sun?

I have a 3d printer, and right now I am only using PLA which has a relatively low melting temperature (hot car in the sun or dishwasher would be enough to warp it). I am interested in printing some...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark‭

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How can I make a STL of a topo map perfectly round?

With theis KML circular generator, and this STL generator it is possible to create round 3D printed maps like this one. However, the KML circle isn't perfectly round and that leeds to the bumps on...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Are there less crinkly emergency space blankets?

Was using a space blanket for warmth over the weekend and found it to be really crinkly, it was really noisy with any movement at all, even just breathing. Are there less noisy/crinkly space blanke...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Why would crows be dropping something into a pond?

This weekend I was sitting next to a pond and multiple times there was a crow who had something white in his mouth flying down from a tree to within several feet of the pond's surface, drop the whi...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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What would lead to widely different air quality readings for the same area?

Lately there has been so much wildfire smoke that it was unpleasant if not quite harmful to go outside. I was looking at the weather websites for a forecast to try and predict when it would be bett...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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What is the best method for storing a 'pre-mixed baking mix' in a camper for long periods?

I have a camping trailer that we keep stocked with food and beverages. When we head out on an impulse trip, it stocked and ready to go. Most of the supplies are canned or dried, so we don't need to...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Why would hearing muffs be tested against continuous and not impulse noise?

Looking at a new pair of earmuffs that a NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) or 34 DB. However the fine print says that said rating is for continous noise and not impulse (like gunfire). Why would they be...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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What can I burn in an open cup burner stove?

I'm looking for easily obtained fuels for an open-cup stove, such as a Trangia, in case I need to top up while travelling. I have a small simple DIY open cup spirit stove, for boiling water when b...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Pastychomper‭

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Accessibility of hiking trails in Nepal during December

I'm planning on Annapurna base camp or Manaslu circuit trek in December (mostly the end of December). I know December is the winter season in Nepal and is expected to be quite cold at that time. Ha...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Is it safe to use a slightly rusty butane canister?

I was sorting some old camping equipment at my parents' house and found several butane canisters for a camp stove. One of them has some rust on the metal around the shoulders; it's slightly pitted ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Sigma‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Towing with a Recumbent Trike, Tadpole or Delta?

I have some experience towing with an upright bike I am considering getting a recumbent trike, as my back side does not last as long as my legs. With an upright bike I automatically move my weight ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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