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Q&A Do U.S. Wilderness areas allow bridges?

A U.S. wilderness area prohibits road-building and other forms of development. Are bridges on hiking trail permitted, or are all river crossings in wilderness areas necessarily unbridged?

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

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Q&A How to temporarily mark a trail?

If one needed to hike out and then come back to a certain spot, how could one temporarily mark their trail so that it is easy to follow back to that exact spot when the route back is not obvious? ...

12 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can Cormorants swallow and digest large prey like eels whole?

Can a cormorant really manage to digest a huge, living eel, bones and all? Does the poor eel (it was quite a bright/pretty green color) stand any slim chance of escaping (that thrashing, biting, e...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user45620‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I do if I break a shoelace in the wilderness?

If I'm hiking in the wilderness and my shoelace breaks, what's the best way to go about fixing it assuming I have no spare?

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by berry120‭  ·  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 Pulling vs. Carrying

I've done a lot of backpacking in my home state of Colorado. My pack and its contents is pretty light but not "ultralight", maybe 20 pounds including food. I'm considering something like these fo...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by jsf80238‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there clay soil in the Adirondacks suitable for earthen primitive building?

An example of the earthen material I have in mind, this video shows some daub prepared for a wattle-and-daub house at timestamp 7:45: https://youtu.be/wPWLlVVVDN0 Cob, cobb or clom (in Wales) i...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Camping alone in the wilderness in the USA

I want to go camping in the wilderness on my own, without anyone else around for miles. Is that even possible? I know a lot of national parks have designated areas, but surely they can't enforce th...

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

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Q&A What are survival tools I should have when in the wilderness?

When venturing out into the wilderness, what are crucial things I should bring?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are lawful wilderness activities in Canada?

I am in process of immigrating from Russia to Canada. While I've fallen out of... Well, everything that includes movement... I have plans to resume wilderness trips after I finish immigration proce...

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

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Q&A What are uses of red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in a wilderness, primitive, or frontier setting?

What are uses for red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in wilderness settings (e.g. in primitive technologies, bushcraft, wilderness survival, low-tech rural livelihoods, frontier homesteading)? Whi...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?

In this excellent answer, LBell quotes the U.S. definition of wilderness: (1) generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substanti...

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

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Q&A What to do if someone gets impaled in the stomach?

Background: This question is motivated by an accident that happened to my sister in a very rural area. She was on a fence and fell onto a t-post which basically impaled her, but which fell out by ...

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

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Q&A What group of people call themselves "Outdoor Influencers", and what do they do regarding natural areas of land?

I recently heard the term "Outdoor Influencers" relating to certain groups of people, including conservationists. Apparently some people have negative feelings about their activities, because they...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What exactly would change if most of the Grand Canyon was designated as wilderness?

Related to this question, there are people advocating that most of the Grand Canyon National park be designated as Wilderness. What exactly would change in the allowed activities (some say it woul...

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

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Q&A Why is there no Wilderness Area within Grand Canyon National Park?

This 1998 Draft Wilderness Management Plan proposes to set aside large parts of Grand Canyon National Park as wilderness. However, despite large areas being declared "Wild" in the park backcountry...

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

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Q&A Artificial reintroduction of wild animals: how frequently does it happen, and what is the purpose?

One of the most debated issues concerning wilderness, in Italy, is the reintroduction (or bizarrely large increase in the population) of animals almost extinguished till recently. While in most c...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Fuca26‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the most remote place in the contiguous US?

The United States is a very developed place. Sometimes this can prove to be challenging when trying to find a place to get away from everything, especially east of the Mississippi where I reside. I...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by manoftheson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I do if I face Elephant?

What should I do if an elephant is annoyed by my presence and if I can't outrun it?

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

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Q&A Camping and Monkeys

Monkeys are funny, as well as dangerous sometimes. What precautions do I need to take when I am camping (under unavoidable circumstances) in a region where there are monkeys? EDIT: Referring to Mo...

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

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Q&A Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas

I have been given conflicting information for how to minimize the impact of traveling in small groups in wilderness areas. For groups traveling off-trail in areas where it is appropriate I have hea...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I locate wilderness maps for specific countries or regions?

The Norwegian directorate for nature management publishes a map of wilderness showing how far away a particular area is from heavy technical interventions, such as roads, electricity lines, hydro l...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any specific techniques that should be used when starting a fire in the rain?

Starting a fire can sometimes be hard enough when it's dry, let alone when it's tipping it down. But when it is, what steps should you follow to try to ensure the fire gets going successfully? I'm...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?

You run across a wire cable, or wire fence in the wild, with which you would have to interact in some way. How to check if electricity runs through it without having special tools? EDIT: As the qu...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by G.Rassovsky‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?

When in the great outdoors, nature is bound to come calling, so what are some good natural toilet paper substitutes when the real thing isn't available?

7 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it within Leave No Trace to spread someone's ashes in a wilderness area?

While in the Wind River Mountains, I found a bronze plaque that marked the spot where a person's ashes where scattered, and while that was done in the early 1930s, it made me wonder if it would sti...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the arguments for and against allowing bicycles in wilderness areas in the US?

Currently bicycles are prohibited in federal wilderness areas in the United States. However there is a bill in the House of Representatives that would remove the prohibition. As one can imagine, t...

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

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Q&A What to video during a solar eclipse?

I will be in the path of total darkness during the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. I plan to be in alpine wilderness (Oregon Cascades), but will adjust my location as needed so that there are no...

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

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Q&A How to protect a body in the wilderness?

I am hiking in the wilderness, a round trip to civilization and back is at least 24 hours. I know where I am and I can return to the same spot. If my hiking partner dies, how can/should I protec...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to process iron in the wilderness?

How do you smelt and forge iron sources from &amp; in the wilderness? People must have started somewhere with this sort of thing! I once saw a video from a primitive technology practitioner on Yo...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Under what wilderness conditions is becoming infested with lice a possibility and what precautions should one take to avoid it?

I may have reacted without thinking to the question about dealing with lice because I have never worried about getting lice on a wilderness trip. Upon reflection, I find I am genuinely interested...

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

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Q&A How can I signal for help in the wilderness?

What are some different ways I can signal for help in the wilderness? I'm looking for methods that apply in all seasons, particularly in the mountains, with forests or meadows & plateaus.

6 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by studiohack‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?

I've read one one of the US national forest or wilderness websites that when camping in the wild, one should camp at a certain distance from a water source. Should I understand a water source to m...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are carabiners useful tools to have in the wilderness? If so, what would they be used for?

Carabiners are obviously essential in certain circumstances, such as with any type of climbing / rappelling. But are they a good tool to have generally as well, and if so what might be some example...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I tell if a plant is poisonous?

I know that there are exceptions to every rule. Like for example not all plants with leaves in groups of 3 are poisonous. Also there is mimicry in some plants to deter animals from eating it even ...

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

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Q&A Possible to transform (at least two) smartphones into walkie-talkie like devices?

Of course we agree on the fact, that cellphones aren't that good in the great outdoors cause they just don't work if you are too far from civilization. That's why we use devices like Walkie-Talkies...

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

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Q&A Finding water in the dry wilderness

If I'm in the wilderness in a dry, hot climate without much vegetation and I'm running low on water, what land features and other potential signs can I look for to guide me to a drinkable water sou...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A When do I need a permit to go into nature?

When on holiday, I want to get as far as possible from civilisation — the furthest I've come is seeing only a single cairn during a full day. In Scandinavia, hiking and camping is permitted unless ...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of leaf should I NOT use for tissue or toilet paper?

Yesterday I was out in the woods and had a runny nose. When I wanted to blow my nose I looked for maple leaves, because I knew what they were. Not sure if the list of bad choices is small enough ...

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

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Q&A Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded

There are quite a lot of questions concerning GPS device usage, however I couldn't find any specific information on more passive usage (as in waiting for rescue). Say I have a watch and a phone wh...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by G.Rassovsky‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?

I was thinking of heading to some of the northern California national forests, but I wasn't sure which to pick. I've read all the relevant links in each fs.udsa.gov website, including attractions, ...

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

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Q&A How can I make a snow shoe in the wilderness from commonly available materials and simple tools?

As in the title really. In the hypothetical situation that I'm caught in the wilderness in winter and there's a heavy snow storm resulting in an unexpected level of snow, snow shoes could well come...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it ever safe to let a hypothermic person sleep?

My understanding is that with severely hypothermic patients you want to keep them awake if possible. I'd heard moving a hypothermic patient is risky as you dont want to jostle them, some wilderness...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Chris Carr‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to find a secluded cabin to rent

How can I find a nice, secluded cabin to rent, somewhere in the U.S. wilderness? This almost seems like a word of mouth kind of endeavor, asking friends and friends of friends if they own or know o...

0 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by jlpp‭

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Q&A What areas in the south-western US are the wildest?

Where are the wildest places in the south-western US? By "wild" I mean places where evidence of people or their lasting effect on the land are minimal. Particularly, I am looking for places with ...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Q&A Calculating time until sunset

Is there a relatively reliable way of calculating the time until sunset, without any specialist equipment, when I'm in the wilderness?

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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