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How does a synthetic overbag work?

In really cold temperatures, it's often recommended to use a separate overbag made from a synthetic material over your main down sleeping bag. Supposedly this helps moisture (from your body) escape...

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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How to keep your nose warm in a sleeping bag during the winter?

When sleeping in cold temperatures in a sleeping bag with the opening closed to the minimum — just your face — how to keep your nose from getting cold? I feel like the cold air coming in will alway...

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Tarp ridgeline attachment: over, under or from the edges?

Talking about the basic A-frame formation, where there is a higher up ridgeline going through the middle of a rectangular tarp (non-diagonally) e.g. from tree to tree, and the two sides are pegged ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Michael‭

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Does toothpaste freeze?

When camping in freezing conditions, does normal toothpaste freeze? I imagine it would be hopeless to get it out of the tube.. And in the event that it does indeed freeze, are there some non-freez...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Iizuki‭

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How should I prepare for and react to unleashed dogs when hiking with young children?

I take my young children (0-7 years) outside to local trails. It's not remote, virgin wilderness, just a few dozen hectares of forest and stream. The kids enjoy it, and the youngest one is still le...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Lundin‭

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Does a softshell/hardshell specific DWR product make a difference?

E.g. Nikwax has different DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment products for softshells and hardshells. Are these actually different products (other than in label)? Can one substitute one for t...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Why do I see rodents out in a gale?

I live in a rural area around 59° north. When driving around I often see rodents darting across the roads during high winds (20-50mph), but very rarely see them when the weather is calm. Rain doesn...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Pastychomper‭

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How effective are Air (1) Pistols and (2) Rifles, bought in Canadian retailers, against dangerous animals?

My family lacks any firearms license or training whatsoever. To what degree can store-bought (Canadian Tire, Home Hardware) Air Pistols Air Rifles fend off wild dangerous animals? Pa...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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To leaf peep in Adirondack Park, how many Scenic ViewPoints can you drive up to?

My octogenarian grandma needs walking aids. She's physically unable to hike or rove. But she still pines to leaf peep — known in Japanese as momijigari (紅葉狩) — while seated in the car. Thus we are ...

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

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Where do bald eagles go at night if not in their own nests?

I've recently learned of a local eagle cam and have been enjoying watching a pair of bald eagles and their three chicks. While I don't have access to many days of video to check (the site buffers ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Pastychomper‭

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Where's this mountain road, in Kumamoto Japan?

COVID permitting, I want to travel to Japan. I lighted upon the top and bottom picture on reddit.com/r/RoadPorn. 1. Please pinpoint on Google Maps? This road looks too hazardous and narrow for a...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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What are these hooks on the rear and front tubes, right above the wheels?

My bicycle has a hook on the rear tube and one on the front fork. Both are of the same kind, face outside and upwards, and are positioned just above the wheels, as you can see in the pictures belo...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Where can you safely park beside these houses at Kalamalka Lake, BC? [closed]

Unquestionably, the top picture below was taken further south than Kalamaka Lakeview Drive Lookout. I spent an hour looking on Google Maps, and the most similar picture is from High Ridge Road. Bu...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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How can I get oil out of my MTB disc brake pads?

I went to get something on my mountain bike checked out at the bike shop, and at the same time they told me that my brake pads were absorbing oil. Short of replacing the disc brake pads, is there ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Please ID this indoor plant — with big green leaves — that shrivelled up in Guangzhou China?

Pls see 2 pictures below. Left pic — plant when I bought it from store in Guangzhou, China. Plant is still in Guangzhou where I live. Right pic — plant now, wilted and withered.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by user‭  ·  edited 2y ago by user‭

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Jig Radio, Wiesbaden?

I found the picture below in a stash of things that belonged to my father. My father served in the US army during WWII in the signal corps. He was referred to unofficially as a "radio repairman" ...

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

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Where can you safely park your vehicle, to behold Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta?

I refer to just the bottom pic. I see a road on the left, but no parking. How can you safely access this picture's standpoint? Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 187.

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

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Where on Google Maps is this road, amidst trees and a mountain? Range Mountains, Newfoundland. [closed]

I forgot to photograph the location printed in the book, but I wrote it down as Range Mountains, Newfoundland. Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 104.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Where on Google Maps are these houses on top of a brown sandy cliff, with trees and a rill below — in Lethbridge, Alberta? [closed]

I refer to just the top left picture. Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, pages 96-7.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Where on Google Maps is this golden field with landlocked ponds? — Cudworth, SK [closed]

I refer to just the picture at the top. Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 49.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Pinpoint on Google Maps where this was taken? — Flathead River, BC. [closed]

Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 39.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Pinpoint on Google Maps where this was taken? — Qu'Appelle Valley, SK. [closed]

I am referring to just the top picture. Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 35.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Pinpoint on Google Maps where this was taken — Columbia River, Revelstoke BC, Canada [closed]

Can you please pinpoint on Google Maps where this picture was taken? Eugen Kedl, Canada in a thousand pictures 1999, page 33.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Why is the official guidance to entirely detach fall protective gear before moving from a mechanically elevated platform to a tower?

While taking the certification course for working at height, the official recommendation for moving from a cherrypicker / crane device to a tower was to completely detach your fall protective gear ...

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

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Were fall foliage leaf colors in Canada also delayed in autumn 2021?

English is not my first language. I didn't fully grok this National Geographic article published November 24 2021 by Sarah Gibbens. But it discusses just the eastern U.S.A., NOT Canada. How ever wh...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭

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How safe is pouring gasoline on your maggot infestation?

Juliane Koepcke - Wikipedia While in the jungle, Koepcke dealt with severe insect bites and a maggot infestation in her wounded arm, but after 9 days, she was able to find an encampment. She gav...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Pastychomper‭

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When and where to happen upon Aurora Borealis in Vancouver, BC?

First, this Reddit post appears inaccurate. The aurora borealis is NOT directly over UBC Vancouver. Are there other better places to view it? Anyways, why did it appear around Oct 12 2021? Clima...

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

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What are some good games or activities to do on a hike?

A few friends and I regularly play board games and RPGs together. We are planning a casual hiking and camping trip. We will go by car to the trailhead and hike in with our gear, tent camp overnight...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Sigma‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Michael‭

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How do I safely ride my road bike in the winter?

It's November, and in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is fast approaching - and with it, the rain. As a cyclist, I do occasionally enjoy taking my road bike out on the roads and just pedaling, wit...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Peter Taylor‭

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Where's this suspension bridge in the Daedun Mountains during autumn, Wanju County, North Jeolla Province, South Korea?

I Reverse Searched this on Google, but all the results are in Korean and I don't speak Korean. Can someone pinpoint this bridge on Google Maps?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Where's this aurora borealis in Macoun, Saskatchewan?

This is aurora borealis, correct? If not, what's in the sky? Where was this taken in Macoun SK?

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

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Where's this view of the Columbia River George located?

Doubtless, I'm not asing about this home's address. But I'd like to view this in a public location. This image looks photographed from a higher vantage point? JTKSR1 comments on My Grandparents’ li...

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

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Where are these white trees in Drumheller, Alberta?

The photographer pinpointed Drumheller, Alberta.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Where are these sunflowers and mountains in Durango, Colorado?

The photographer wrote Durango, CO. But where exactly?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Where are these waterfront houses in Shelton, Connecticut?

u/wadanohaaara comments After some research, I found out that this is located in Shelton, Connecticut But where exactly?

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

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Is this outdoor fireplace located in the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, Wyoming?

Anyone recognize the mountains in the background? I'm surmising Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club in view of u/Falcitone's comment This is at a golf course right outside of Jackson Hole, Wyomin...

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

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At what angle do you hold out your arm at 10 and 15 degrees? [duplicate]

Can you pls elaborate on the 10 degrees and 15 degrees? I don't know geometry or math. How exactly do you hold out your arm against the sun? At what angle to the sun? Illustrations appreciated plea...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Where's this bridge road over water, near mountains? In Norway?

See 7 mins 49 s. The video discusses oil in Norway, so I'm assuming this pictures Norway?

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

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Are these gray mountains and orange trees the Dolomites Mountain, Italy?

I reverse Googled this image, and saw Dolomites Mountains listed. Is this correct?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭

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How commonly can you see Aurora Borealis with the naked eye on Vancouver Island?

This r/auroraporn post is titled Atlin Lake, British Columbia. This post never stipulates the locality, and merely says "Vancouver Island". Is it usual to see aurora borealis with the nak...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Was this photo taken near the Snaring River in Jasper National Park, Alberta?

The OP on Reddit deleted his account. I copied and pasted Andre1661's comment into the Title of this post.

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

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Where's this red bench and brown house, right next to a pond and hills?

I screenshot https://youtu.be/kA2KaEKs1LA?t=1262. This is Captain James E. Fanell, U.S. Navy (Retired).

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by TextKit‭

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Where's this road, that a car is driving on, beside water and snow capped mountains?

I screen shot https://youtu.be/pLcqJ2DclEg?t=35.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Loong‭

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Help! I found a lost dog - what do I do next?

I was working today when I saw a small dog run across the road in front of my apartment, narrowly being missed by a car. I went out and lured the dog in with a hotdog, brought her to my apartment, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Sigma‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Which unit/State National Guard was this F-100 Super Saber from?

Over the weekend I hiked to the site of a crashed F-100 Super Saber. Most of the paint is gone, but there was this insignia with a Minute Man and two fighter jets. The crash is dated to 1967 but...

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

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Where's this two-lane road with houses on one side, and a downward hill on the other?

I screenshot this from 0:13 which is titled Driving On Redoubt Rd , Botany & Howick Auckland City New Zealand.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Where's this two-lane road with luxurious houses, near a power line, in New Zealand?

I screenshot this from 0:00 which is titled Driving On Redoubt Rd , Botany & Howick Auckland City New Zealand.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by TextKit‭

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What is this object in my garden (that looks like a bomb)?

My parents moved into a new house several years ago. In one of the gardens behind the house, we found this round metal object about the size of a bowling ball: Both my mom and I think that it ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Trevor‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by cobaltduck‭

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How difficult is it to cut down a 22lr barrel liner?

I am looking at buying a 22lr barrel liner, but the ones I have found online are longer than I want by about 6 inches. If I buy one of those, how difficult would it be to cut it shorter and then r...

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