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Camping in Yosemite in March

I'm planning a camping trip in Yosemite with a group of friends for some time around mid-March. I know it can get cold at that time of year, but that's the only time we could all arrange the time o...

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

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Why is doubling up with plugs and muffs when shooting not more effective?

I keep looking for better ways of protecting my hearing when shooting, and it looks like wearing both plugs and muffs is recommended for indoor shooting (centerfire gunshots range from 160-170 deci...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Is there any reason that a wild boars would charge the tent?

So I have camped in France, in the Vosges region, in the locality called "Le bonhomme". Where there are many wild boars. It was in a dense forest, with a freezy weather. (-5°C) My camp was just a...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Gille Q.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Tenting, and want to hookup my laptop to RV power hookup

The campground I'm thinking of staying at has tenting spots, but they don't have power. I need to be able to charge my laptop, phone, and possibly a portable electric heater. They also offer RV spo...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Is Paradoxical Undressing a stage beyond Hypothermia?

We all have discussed and read Hypothermia quite a lot of times and are aware of general concepts about it. What made me wonder the most was an incident about a mountaineer on Mt. Everest. With the...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Keeping a backpack from being stolen whilst sleeping in a tent

In the past, I have always slept with my backpack wedged uncomfortably beside me due to limited room in a fully manned tent, since I'm concerned about bag theft when miles away from civilization. ...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Paul Turner‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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In case of a tsunami, would swimming out to sea be an escape strategy?

Several times I have been in locations where tsunami risks are either actively signaled or self-evident. Lima where I am right now has long beaches dominated by cliffs with exit routes about every...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Italian Philosophers 4 Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Why are full body harnesses uncommon in mountaineering?

In principle, it is known that full body harnesses are useful for situations where the center of gravity is higher - e.g. for children, or for Alpine situations involving carrying heavy loads. A fu...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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SOTO Triple Mix Expiration

I have a SOTO Triple Mix canister (Power Gas 250, SOD-725T) which is a mixture of Butane, Isobutane and Propane gas. I use it with my SOTO WindMaster but I have not used it in over 10 months. It ha...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Luna‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Why isn't carrying a satellite phone considered best practice for hiking/mountaineering in remote regions?

Every year we read stories about people getting lost in a forest or in the mountains, with no way of calling for help. Sometimes this is due to a lack of experience, sometimes due to accidents, som...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JonathanReez‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Looking for information about the large circles free of snow that form in the spring around the trunks of large trees?

We have often used the large snow free circles that form in the spring around the trunks of large trees as camping spots. Even in an area blanketed with deep snow, there will be such bare, dry gro...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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What is the use of this cord on my backpack?

I have a feeling this can come in handy but I don't know why exactly has this been provided.

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Arsalan Ahmed‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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What counts as on- or off-route while outdoor climbing?

I did a few sport climbs this week, and on two, it seemed that the area between bolts was just blank, and if I went to the side it was easier. I could still reach the bolts, but I was afraid I was ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by endolith‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Should I run if I see wild dogs?

Wild dogs appear to be dangerous. Should I be running if I come across one, or should I stand fast and defend myself? They are a social animal, so they will be in a pack almost all the times.

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Josh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How to tell the difference between bobcats and house cats?

Recently there was a story about some people in Texas who brought three bobcat kittens home and then called animal control after the bobcats bit them. It's also happened once in California where a...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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What is this knot?

My 6 year old daughter was playing with ropes today and tied a knot of her own creation. I tried to demonstrate to her the importance of learning to tie good knots that don't slip, but when I went ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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What's this backpack part called and how can I get a replacement?

This is part of the chest strap of an Altura Morph backpack/pannier that I use for commuting. I've lost half the strap and one of my bikes can't take a pannier rack so I use backpack mode on that ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How should one properly dispose of a rabid animal carcass?

If while hunting I come across a rabid animal and I kill it, both to end its suffering and to prevent it from spreading rabies, what should I do with the body? I wouldn't want another animal to ea...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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What are the pro and cons of vacuum sealed vs mylar bags for DIY dehydrated foods?

For packaging dehydrated foods for backpacking, the two options that I can think of are mylar bags and vacuum-sealed bags. What are the pros and cons of each method?

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Would it hurt anything to leave a canister stove attached overnight?

If I cook a hot dinner on a canister stove and plan on cooking a hot breakfast in the morning, can I leave the stove on the canister overnight or would it be better to take it off and reattach in t...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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What are good ways of predicting incoming weather from the downwind side of a mountain?

There are a lot of mountaineering routes that go up the downwind side of a mountain. Like the CMC route on Mt. Moran in the Tetons or the Gooseneck Glacier route on Gannet Peak. The added danger o...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How would a dragonfly get to above 13,400 ft (4000m)?

I found this dragonfly, here, at around 13,400 ft. The coordinates are 43°10'52.96"N, 109°39'17.74"W if anyone would like to check the location themselves. It didn't look like it was moving...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Can an energy absorber or elastic lanyard be used in glacier travel to give greater time to react in case of a fall?

In the case of a roped up team marching along a glacier with some hidden crevasses, the greatest risk is of a team member falling in and then dragging everyone else along before they can self-arres...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yogesch‭

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What is the fastest method to 'break in' full leather boots?

After purchasing full leather boots (similar to these boots) I had many blisters for the first few hikes until I broke in my boots. What are the fastest ways to age the boot so that when my foot w...

7 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Patrick‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Who to contact for a bird with broken wing in Portugal, Algarve?

I saw a bird with an injured wing among the rocks on a beach in Portugal (Algarve). The bird has been on the beach since Friday evening, and her wing feathers have completely dropped off by now. I...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ozmichka‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Legality of "semi-permanent" wooden structures in state and national forests in the US

Imagine the following situation: A group of friends found a remote spot in a state or national forest that they really like. They keep returning to the place quite often, lately there are at leas...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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What are the pros and cons of ice axe leashes?

My ice ax came with a leash already on it and I have never had any problems with it, but almost all of the other ice axes that I have seen in use lacked one. One obvious pro is in case of droppin...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Do I need to worry about inadvertently creating a distress signal while using a space tarp?

If I use a space tarp (basically a heavy-duty reusable space blanket) as a sunshade or as a ground tarp with the shiny side facing up, do I need to worry that someone might see it and think that I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How to teach situational awareness for the outdoors?

By situational awareness I mean (but certainly don't limit it to): Looking behind to familiarize yourself with the return journey. Looking ahead to see what the best route will be. Knowing the a...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Carrying a gun openly while hiking in western North Carolina

I know that NC permits open carry but I'm actually interested in cultural implications of running into people in the woods who may be weirded out by it. I've hiked a lot in places where it's legal ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Gear storage: what gear that can be safely stocked outside?

I have plenty of gear and I live in a small apartment. I am planning to buy an outdoor closet to put on the balcony to get some extra space. Here's a sample to show you how it would be like. I ...

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

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As of 2019, why do mountaineering courses still teach how to use a paper map?

I've been looking into learning how to mountaineer and noticed that the local mountaineering society still requires a training in navigation as part of the prerequisites for most of their basic cou...

21 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JonathanReez‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Reel locks when reeling in then bail flips open. What am I doing wrong?

The reel seems to jam when I reel it around and then if I put pressure on the reel handle, or the line, the bail flips open. I’m sure there’s something I am doing wrong. Video attached for referenc...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Brian G‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Fuel for a meths/alcohol stove (trangia) in Russia

I have heard on this forum and others the difficulty of finding a suitable fuel since meths is illegal or hard to find, so im trying to think of alternatives, i know Americans use HEET and i have u...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ras Does Bushcraft‭

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What knot was used by my mountain guide to tie me in to the middle of a rope?

Twice now I have been out winter hiking with a guide and another person and I'm trying to work out what knot they used to tie the middle person onto the rope. Let's say the guide is in front, my c...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by tonicsoft‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Comparison of dangers on the glacier in summer and winter

What are the main risks of a glacier in winter compared to the risks in summer? How can you deal with these additional risks? Which additional materials or thoughts do you need to have? I would li...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by cerv21‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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UK Puffball Identification

My wife and I are new to foraging. We recently found a large number of what we believe to be puffballs in a field. They look like this: From the information on the Wild Food UK site it sounds...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by JohnLBevan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?

When camping in cold weather, some people say it is actually warmer to sleep naked than to sleep with clothes on. Is that true, or is it better to leave warm clothes on while in the bag?

13 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How do I clean my knife sharpener?

Pictured below is my knife sharpener. I’d like to sharpen my knives, but there’s so much metal built up on the stones that it won’t sharpen. How can I clean these off? Attempts with cloths and Q-ti...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Zenon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Risk of category three sunglasses when skiing

I am going skiing for one to three days next week. I have some category three sunglasses I am planning to use instead of goggles. Long term I would definitely use goggles but for just a few days am...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by david_adler‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Are there GriGri-like devices that support auto belay rather than assisted belay?

An answer to a related post mentions that: It's worth pointing out that these are assisted and not auto belay devices, you can't just not pay attention and expect them to work. Does this mean...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by JonathanReez‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Where are some good places for a day-hike within an hour or two of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA?

Some friends and I were thinking of doing a one day hike somewhere in Minnesota. I have looked online for places but nothing I have found really gives me a sense of the place. My requirements are...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JIMMYPlay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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US Military's standards for how long a soldier can go without food?

I've been trying to find the US Military's guidelines or standard for how long a soldier can go without food, for any branch of the military. Is there any such recommendation, as to how long a man...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Johnny‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How serious is bear safety in the sub-polar Ural / Komi Republic / Yugyd Va?

In Norway, Sweden, and Finland, there are resident bears, but they rarely go near people, nobody practices the kind of bear safety that is necessary in parts of North America, and this does not lea...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How does the R-value of goose down compare to cattail down?

I know that goose down is warmer than cattail down. But what are the R-values of each? How much warmer is the same weight/volume of goose down compared to cattail down? Is cattail down better than ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dugan ‭

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How do I get a stuck gas canister (for hiking/camping) out of a stainless steel mug?

I nested my 110g gas canister inside my stainless steel mug for a hike. I used it about halfway through for lunch, and when I was done put it back in the way I had packed it (upside down). Now it i...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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How to repair the broken stitching and seams in my leather boots?

After several years of abuse and poor care my boots have completely gone at the seams around the inner ankle (see photos) What can I do to repair my boots? My current plan is to just get some t...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by nivag‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Which side of an emergency blanket should I use?

A common emergency blanket has two sides, one is orange and the other silver. Which one should I keep on the inside?

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Stefano Borini‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Is it possible to delete Geocaches from a Garmin etrex without plugging it into the computer?

My GPS (Garmin extrex 20) will not connect to my computer anymore (via USB), and therefore I cannot access the GPX folder of the device where Geocaches are saved. As a solution, I would like to sa...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Stockfisch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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The best solution for carrying a D-SLR when hiking

I am planning a multi-day hike in the Drakensberg area of South Africa. This is a beautiful landscape with interesting flora and fauna. Consequently I want to have my Digital SLR close to hand. I d...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by D.H.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭