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Q&A 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 1y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Peter Taylor‭

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Q&A Winter boots for -40°C that are snowshoe and crampon compatible?

One should never let middle age men sit around drinking and reliving the glory days of their youth on a holiday weekend. I think I may have agreed to a mid January Presidential traverse in the Whit...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by StrongBad‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A How to keep gloves from getting sweaty?

When shoveling snow in the winter, if my gloves are warm enough to keep my hands warm, they tend to sweat and get the gloves wet from the inside out. How can I prevent this?

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

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Q&A Adirondacks winter road open/closed status

I'm looking for a decent source to know winter road conditions for various Adirondacks access roads. First level of interest would be just what is or isn't being maintained. A better yet answer w...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Francky_V‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Running shoes for asphalt + winter conditions?

What is the good choice for the running shoes for winter conditions in city (mostly running on asphalt)? When the snow is shoveld, normal running shoes would be no problem, but when the snow fallin...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hiking during winter in Alps

I've been hiking the the Alps for 20years and normally I go skiing every winter. But I see more and more pictures of people hiking in the snow. Is it possible to go hiking in February in the alps?...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nick‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which is more dangerous, icy roads or icy roads with snow on top?

Where I live, we are about to get a bunch of snow (5”-8”). This has brought about the question of which is more dangerous an icy road or an icy road with snow? Does the snow help traction on the ic...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by JIMMYPlay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the safest and most effective additive to keep drinking water from freezing?

I know that the antifreeze used in fresh water RV tanks is non-toxic and can protect to -50F. Thinking Sugar might be a good choice I posted the question How to calculate how much sugar to use as ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which Ultralight & Compact Jackets are suitable for Winters (minus 10-15 deg. Celsius)?

I am not sure if this question fits here but since I like to travel and often face difficulties because of different weather conditions in different cities/countries so, I am hoping that somebody c...

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

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Q&A Is sleeping on a yoga mat better than on an airbed during winter camping?

This is a follow up on question that my friend asked earlier, but I can't comment on. My friend and I have an ongoing argument about a question : During cold winter camping (-20C air temperature, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by b0nd‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Clothing for cold weather hiking

I will go for two day hiking on a mountain (intermediate level). The weather will be chilling (3 °C to 5 °C, no snowing,but it may rain). I would like to know what kind of clothing would be better?...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Science123‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

Some time ago, while driving on a snowy road, someone told me a kind of horror story. It involved a guy who was driving alone with an old car on an overland road in Siberia during winter, so the t...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ahemmetter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why did the wolf-pack withdraw from attacking me?

While this has happened about 22 years ago, I never really stopped thinking about it and still regard it as unsolved mystery. While I asked plenty outdoormen, nobody had this experience. Having rec...

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

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Q&A What&#x2019;s the best thing to wear on your hands when sea kayaking in very cold weather?

What product or combination of products best protects your hands while kayaking in winter? I’m interested in a system which provides comfort for extended paddling but also the peripheral activitie...

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

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Q&A What are some common mistakes to avoid when trying winter camping for the first time?

I would like to try winter camping. What are some common mistakes first-timers make when trying to camp in the cold? I would be camping in temperatures between 0 and 32 Fahrenheit (-17 to 0 degree...

15 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by birch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to identify dead wood in winter

I've been learning about collecting dead wood from trees which are easy enough to identify in summer (lack of leaves) but is there a way of identifying dead wood that also works in winter?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Chris J‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do "R" values add proportionally?

For winter camping it is recommended to use a sleeping pad with an R value greater than 5. Can you alternatively use two closed cell 2.5R pads one on top of each other? If using an inflatable ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by AM_Hawk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can natural material be found in a temperate forest to help protect against snow blindness?

Snow blindness, also known as photokeratitis, is predominately caused by the sun's reflection off of snow. If one is caught out in the wild, ill prepared for snow, what could one find in a tempera...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Ski setup for skijoring

I was born on ski's and switched to snowboarding and now on the return to skiing. However I intend to do both downhill and skijoring in the next season (skiing with my dogs) I am having trouble de...

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

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Q&A At what temperature should one switch from gloves to mittens?

Given comparable contstuction and insulation betwwen a pair of gloves and pair of mittens that are designed for winter / below 0C conditions, at what temperature range would mittens be preferable t...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by murungu‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

When travelling the backcountry in high snow, do snow shoes or skis perform better? By "perform better" I mean how tiring and fast travel is. Is there a general answer, or does it depend on the co...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why did people rub snow on frozen feet?

If you read old books from cold areas, it's not infrequent to run across the idea of rubbing snow on one's feet when they got frozen or frostbitten. However, subjectively, it seems to me that this...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by anonymous2‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question winter health cold
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Q&A What is a good R value for a four-season sleeping pad?

I've been a Boy Scout for seven years now, and as I'm moving from high school to college I'd like to get into solo backpacking. I live in the lower peninsula of the state of Michigan. I don't fores...

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

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Q&A What do I do to prevent and treat frostbite?

I'm going to be winter camping, and I'm concerned about getting frostbite. What can I do to protect myself?

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do chipmunks hibernate in woodpiles, and, if so, how do I avoid disturbing them when taking wood from the pile?

We have a woodpile, protected from wind and precipitation, under the eaves of our house. Earlier, perhaps a month earlier, I several times saw two chipmunks emerging from, and going back into the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?

Which natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for hiking winter weather? I know cotton will generally trap moisture and invite hypothermia, while wool is warm but heavy. What other natural fabri...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do you call what amounts to a modern hybrid between a sneaker and a high top moccasin?

Thirty odd years ago there was a fad for shoes generically called snow joggers. It was a super lightweight boot in appearence -- usually 6-8" tall, but with a very light construction throughout. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What gear should I carry along for winter emergencies?

This question is prompted by a real accident, in which a young, healthy and experienced hiker I knew was found dead from hypothermia ridiculously close to civilization. The assumptions behind it:...

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

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Q&A Summitting Breithorn in the winter?

I am interested in summitting Breithorn this winter (late January) using crampons and an ice axe. I am in excellent physical shape but I do not have much alpine experience. I have seen mixed review...

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

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Q&A How to avoid getting wet when exiting a canoe onto shore?

At the end of November we are going an a 3 day canoeing trip with multiple obstacles where we have to get the canoe out of the water. As it is really cold at this time, we don't want to get wet boo...

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

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Q&A Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?

The dark winter is approaching on the northern hemisphere. At my latitude (67½°N), the sun sets at 15:00 by now, and a little more than a month away the polar night will start. So far, I'm virtuall...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Best way to use &#x201C;space&#x201D; blanket to boost heat when bivy camping

A thin, heat-reflective sheet (aka “space” blanket) is a popular outdoors emergency item, having a number of uses. See adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/gear/space-blanket and gotimegear.com/blo...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?

In answering this question I tossed out that a candle lantern can provide as much as 10 degrees (F) of temperature difference while winter camping. I've heard this tossed about before, but is it tr...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Winter wear in New York

Recently I moved to NY and I am finding hard time to get accustomed with the weather. I have never experienced temperature below 15℃ back home! So, its quite a challenge. Expectedly, the winter wea...

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

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Q&A What's the best way to avoid slipping on ice?

Where I live, winter is still a good bit away, but last year I slipped on ice and ended up with a black eye and a broken wrist. This year I sincerely want to reduce the chances of that recurring. ...

15 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by CountTo10‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Neoprene as a base layer for winter activities?

How does neoprene perform as a base layer for winter sports? Is it a way to be warm while remaining sweaty, as opposed to wicking sweat away? What are its disadvantages? What are best practices ...

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

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Q&A How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

I'm a snowboarder. In preparation for a skitour trip, I was on the lookout for splitboards. But it turns out that even renting them can be a bit of a hassle and/or is quite expensive. As availabil...

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

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Q&A How to avoid the layer of ice inside a water bottle during winter activities?

Is there a special way to avoid the layer of ice that forms inside a water bottle during winter activities?

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Amine‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Gear for slush-over-ice

I hike in all seasons and weathers. I love the old adage there is no bad weather only bad gear. My Kahtoola microspikes are excellent when there is hard ice on the trail. Turns a sheet of ice into ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Bob Stein‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hemp socks and wicking properties

I am an avid snowboarder and I have noticed that socks made of merino wool are incredibly good at wicking away moisture while keeping my feet warm. However, I was wondering about other textiles tha...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by user1660‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Choosing socks for frequent switching cold-warm

I'm looking for socks for the following conditions and to complement the following footwear. My wife frequently spends several hours driving a car (setting car temperature to stay around +20°C) , ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by yurkennis‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question winter socks
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Q&A What is this raised, icy-looking structure, found at the edge of a partially frozen lake?

Last month, in February, my husband was walking on a trail in the woods in Massachusetts, alongside a fresh-water lake. The temperatures had been fluctuating a lot over the winter, so some areas we...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you treat frozen lungs?

You know that bleeding lung feeling you get after going out for a long run on a freezing cold night? The one where you can taste blood in the back of your jaw, and begin to wheeze and cough as flui...

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

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Q&A What could be a long and scenic two days backcountry ski tour in Switzerland, bivying on the snow?

I am a backcountry skier/snowshoes hiker and I finally want to do an overnight experience in the Alps. The Simplon Dorf area would be ideal (for I can access it quite easily), but any southern Sw...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I keep insulin at the correct temperature in sub zero temperatures?

I am a Type 1 diabetic and aspire to move to the arctic wilderness of Alaska. I can figure out how to maintain enough emergency carb food for survival. The one thing I'm not sure how I will han...

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

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Q&A First crampon grade to buy

I'm looking at getting my first set of crampons, for winter Wales/Scotland trekking, with a view of working my way up into the Alps (during summer) eventually. I've been reading that a 10 point C2...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Pink Winter Sleeping Bags

Are there any good winter sleeping bags geared towards women who like the color PINK? One that is good for backpacking and for cold (0 degree) temps.

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by saratogahiker‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is the European robin associated with winter?

Reading some of the comments on this answer: ....they're seen in the UK as winter birds. Not, I think, that they're not around in the summer; more that other birds aren't around in the wint...

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

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Q&A What is the loop on the finger of my winter gloves for?

I have a pair of winter /climbing gloves. Each glove has a small loop on the ring finger, top of the glove. Why? What's it for?

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

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Q&A How do I judge what fabrics used to make ear warmers mean, in terms of their function?

My husband recently lost a pair of ear warmers he got at North Face 15 years ago. North Face no longer sells them, so I'm looking for a high-quality replacement. I'm confused by the types of materi...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question winter clothing

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