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Q&A Should wax for G-1000 be continuously applied?

I got a Fjällräven Barents Trousers for Christmas! Hell yeah! It's made of the "G-1000" material. 65% polyester, 35% cotton. G-1000 Original is the original fabric in Fjällräven’s comfortabl...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean trail running shoes?

I've asked all of my trail running friends and the general consensus is to simply hose them off in the sink (some even just wear them in the shower...). I'm concerned that leaving soaking wet shoes...

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

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Q&A When should I use spray-on versus wash-in waterproofer for treating DWR garments?

There are both spray-on and wash-in products available for treating my DWR (Durable Water Repellent), gore-tex, eVent and other garments using products such as nikwax wash-in or nikwax tx-direct. ...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I get little durable cases you can hang on your climbing harness?

On longer climbing sessions I like to keep my cell phone close by, but most of the time I have no backpack with me. So I would like to pack the cell phone in a little case that I can put on my clim...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andreas Schwab‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent strap slippage through buckle?

A strap running through a buckle is typically easy to loosen and tighten as desired. Usually, it stays in place. Sometimes, however, it slowly (or quickly) works its way loose, as though the thickn...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What type of glue is best to repair/resole cross country ski boots with plastic soles?

Does anybody know a good type of suitable glue to repair a delaminated sole on (modern) cross country ski boots with plastic soles (Rottefella NNN in particular). The delaminated part is in the fro...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Martin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to replace an unknown propane lantern globe?

I have a propane lantern that the glass measures 3.25 X 3.25 and on the glass it has borosil with an r in a circle beside it, but no numbers so that we can get a new globe because it has broken. A...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Horsegirl‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight?

One of my flashlights that has a black anodized aluminum housing has a couple of scratches on it, all of the way through the anodized coating. How can I cover up the scratches so that its complet...

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

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Q&A Is it ok for my climbing shoes/chalk bag to get wet?

I recently picked up bouldering and bought my first pair of shoes as well as chalk and a bag. I've only been climbing in the gym for now and handled the equipment like any other gym-sports-equipme...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Marv‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What sort of glue (if any) to use to fix replacement tips onto carbon fibre trekking poles?

I have a pair of quite old Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Flicklock trekking poles. After much use and abuse the tip on one of them has finally gotten bashed in (the carbide tip has either broke...

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

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Q&A Can or should you season titanium cookware?

I have a set of titanium cookware that I use for backpacking. It's a small set for one to two people and consists of two little pots and one cover/frying pan. Mostly, this set gets used for boili...

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

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Q&A How to get rid the mold smell in old canvas tent?

Bought a 30 year old classic Coleman's canvas ten cheap (it's Canadian cousin actually). It is in great working condition, water proofing and zippers etc. and I thought convert it to a hot tent. B...

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

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Q&A How can I fix an airbed valve that pops open?

I have an old six-reed inflatable camping mattress -- one of the ones with six long parallel chambers that you inflate with lung power. It looks similar to this one. The chambers are sealed with...

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

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Q&A How can I repair a mapcase (reattach Velcro)?

I have a mapcase made of clear plastic (PVC I think). It has a roll top held shut with velcro. Both sides of the velcro were attached by some sort of welding process but one of them has completel...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean and refurbish a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife?

I have an old Swiss Army Knife on which I can only open one blade; the rest are locked in place. How should I clean this, and is there anything else I should do to refurbish it, like oiling, after...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by compton‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Cleaning the plastic residue of the inside of my old backpack

I have a very old backpack (10-15 years old) that is perfect for one day or weekend hikes. The problem is that the inside material has started to peel off and it leaves small bits of yellowish plas...

9 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Paul Irofti‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to properly wash a snowboard/ski tech jacket?

I have a 10k mm waterproof jacket from Quiksilver and I was wondering if there is any supposed way I should wash it properly. I know about Nikwax tech wash and have a bottle of it, but how much sh...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by appwizcpl‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Taking care of hiking backpack

I've had a 60 L backpack for almost seven years now. Nothing on it is broken and it fits my needs, so right now I don't have any thoughts about replacing it (Getting a light pack might be the only ...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Henrik Hansen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Impregnation and waxing full leather shoes

I will go to a wet territory (Jotunheimen) next week and would like to prepare my full leather shoes for that. I have read a lot of articles about shoe care and they are either about impregnation (...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ruedi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a tarp necessary if you have a tent with a rainfly and a footprint?

My tent has a rainfly, but I'm wondering if I need to carry a tarp for the extra rain protection. I don't want to pack a wet tent because that would damage the fabric, but I don't know if that is w...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by notatypewriter‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I grind the edge or the backbevel first when sharpening my knife?

I'm using a Spyderco Tri-angle sharpmaker to sharpen both a drop-point fixed blade and a folding tanto blade. It has 2 settings: 2 20 degree sides for a 40 degree working edge 2 15 degree sides ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Joshua Aslan Smith‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Ice axe and crampon post winter cleaning/preparation

So winter is well and truly over in Wales. Pretty much all the snow has melted and the weather is improving. So it's time to retire my winter gear until next winter. What should I do with my Ice ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Carrying crampons safely when not using them

How should one carry crampons when not actually using it, but knowing that they are going to be needed in the further stage of the expedition. Further clarification: Suppose I am gonna need to hav...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to fix a leak in Hydration pack?

Its somewhat wrong to say a leak, I should rather say a small hole. But how would you go about sealing/fixing it? I know many of us would say, "Why so much trouble? trash it, and get a new one", b...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Rain soaked leather jacket- how to repair?

I have a genuine full grain 1.3 mm cow hide motorcycle jacket that was caught in rain. It wasn't a downpour but I was in the rain long enough for the jacket to be pretty wet, not just the surface. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by gptt916‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will using kick-wax on my alpine touring skis ruin the bases?

My favourite backcountry ski area has a really long approach along a groomed trail. I started putting a bit of kick wax on the base of my skis so I could make better time on the flat instead of ski...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between a sac liner and a dry bag?

I know dry bags come in different sizes and materials, some being soft and some being rigid and tough. However I've noticed there are items in the market that are exactly the same as a soft dry bag...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Neeku‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to care for a smelly (as in wet dog smell) down sleeping bag?

My down sleeping bag smelled like a wet dog after a damp night out. By reading this forum thread. I realized that it probably didn't dry enough after the trip. So I let it out at the air, and the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which oil to "burn" (with a hot air gun) a rattan recurve

I've a rattan recurve bow here which needs to be tuned. However, I'm not sure which oil to use. Which oil should I use to "burn" (with a hot air gun) a rattan recurve?

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should one store a tent loose for prolonged periods between uses to maximize its lifetime?

Explanation of why my question is not a duplicate of What is the best way to store my tent?. I am specifically asking about an aspect not addressed in the earlier question or any of its answers: ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Relation of ski edge sharpening to skiing ability and snow conditions

What is the effect of sharpening ski edges at different angles (85-90) and with different grit diamond stones (150-1200+) or regular files? How does this relate to the level of the skier and the t...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Adrian Ber‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Via ferrata equipment maintenance

How would you store via ferrata equipment between season? Temperature, humidity? Is there any additional maintenance required?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Adrian Ber‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to repair gore-tex boots split?

Last year I got myself a first pair of gore-tex B0 boots. Before I used only leather. I took care of those as good as I could. Keeping clean and using special sprays. However now one boot develope...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Val‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does skiing over things like sticks, leaves, roots and tree needles damage the skis?

Obviously cross/back-country skis can be damaged by skiing over things like rocks, stones, gravel and asphalt. What about other, softer objects exposed when the snow starts to melt, like sticks, ro...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by newenglander‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent rubber on hiking boots from degrading?

I have Lowa leather hiking boots with a rubber toe cap and sidewalls which I bought around 5 years ago. I've gotten great use out of them and the leather is still in great shape, but the rubber is ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Cecilia‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using Gri Gri 2's Carabiner with Another Belay Device?

I've been using an AustriAlpin autolock carabiner with my Gri Gri 2 for around 9 months, a few times a week (1 to 3 times). It's a very solid, robust and big carabiner, which means that's not too s...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Neeku‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is it unsafe to handle metallic equipment with bare hand at higher altitude?

I have seen a few documentaries where the high altitude mountaineers constantly keep the hand-gloves ON. Is it really because handling the metallic equipment with bare hands can cause a Frostbite? ...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does leaving a knot in a static cord damage the cord as it does with dynamic rope?

I've heard to never leave a knot in a climbing rope for an extended period of time as it can deform and weaken the core of the rope. I'm unclear if the same is true for static cord and rope as wel...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by STW‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to store a knife

Actually I've placed my knife besides my quiver. It's in a leather scabbard and a dry room at common room temperature (17°C - 23°C). Is there anything else to consider? My intention aren't any sa...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to store a knife

Actually I've placed my knife besides my quiver. It's in a leather scabbard and a dry room at common room temperature (17°C - 23°C). Is there anything else to consider? My intention aren't any sa...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where is a good introduction to snow chain usage?

I have never used a snow chain with my vehicle, or even saw the process of someone putting a snow chain onto a vehicle. I plan to drive to western Cascades Mountain area in my small front-drive ha...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by qazwsx‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does moisture harm a skateboard?

Should I be concerned if my skateboard somehow got wet? Let's say I didn't know it better and rode it in rain for example.

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Get the bad smell out of sheep wool

Note: This question might be a little offtopic. Kill it if necessary. I've always had "THC" outdoor jackets which are knitted sheep wool jackets. However, they stink like a stable. Normally I put...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to store a snowboard?

What should one consider while storing a snowboard? Mine is in the same position for about 7 months of the year. In case it makes any differences, here are the specs: Directional shape Sidecut...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to wax a bow string

I've heard that I've to wax my bowstring. I'm a little bit lost on how to do so. I've a Dacron Flemish string on a hunting recurve. Can anyone lead the way?

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to store a bow?

What is the correct way to store a bow after use? Is there any specific care that is needed pre and post storage?

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How often to wash gore-tex?

According to my jacket instructions, it performs best when clean (gore-tex pores need to be clean from sweat, skin oils, and whatever else from the outside). Also, they instruct to tumble-dry the g...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a tent need special after-trip care when camping on and near ocean beaches?

Does a tent need any special care after camping on or near ocean beaches? I know that salt can corrode metal (e.g. metal in the poles, stakes, zippers, etc.) and sand can mechanically abrade many p...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by nhinkle‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I know when my snowboard edges need to be serviced?

I haven't serviced my snowboard for a couple of years but then again I haven't used it much in that time unfortunately either. I went a couple of days ago and did fine, did double black diamonds w...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much is a major load?

So the UIAA sets a major fall (fall after which to retire your gear) to be a fall factor of 1.77. Now I was wondering what would count as a major load (load after which to retire your gear) ? 50 k...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Nick‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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