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Q&A 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...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 11d ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A 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 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Pastychomper‭

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Q&A 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 1y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What's the minimum safest distance to be around a waterfall?

If I turned into an adult and start going around places, I'd like to visit waterfalls. Problem is, as a teenager, curiosity gets the better of me and could result to disasters, so I have to be wary...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by General Sebast1an‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A How much experience is needed for crossing the Mendenhall Glacier?

I'm planning a backpacking trip to Juneau with some friends next summer and was interested in taking the North Ridge route to Bullard Mountain (see: https://www.summitpost.org/bullard-mountain/9303...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by WxPilot‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What would lead to widely different air quality readings for the same area?

Lately there has been so much wildfire smoke that it was unpleasant if not quite harmful to go outside. I was looking at the weather websites for a forecast to try and predict when it would be bett...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Is it safe to use a slightly rusty butane canister?

I was sorting some old camping equipment at my parents' house and found several butane canisters for a camp stove. One of them has some rust on the metal around the shoulders; it's slightly pitted ...

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

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Q&A At what temperature does rain gear become a liability?

At what temperature does rain gear become a liability? If it is a couple of degrees above freezing and you are wearing rain gear to stay dry. It helps keep hypothermia (too cold) away. If the temp...

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

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Q&A Equipment for driving off road in the Northeast United States

What equipment is necessary for driving on 4x4 trails and rougher forest roads in the Northeast United States? This would include safety equipment, recovery equipment and any other equipment neede...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yossarian‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Are elk and deer colorblind to blaze orange/pink clothes?

During rifle season, hunters are required to wear blaze orange (some states also allow bright pink). I have heard that deer and elk are color blind to blaze orange, is there scientific evidence to...

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

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Q&A Resources for camping in Georgia (country)

Is there any resource provided by the Georgian government or by any other agencies about the camping in Georgia? I would like to know about the rules and safety aspects. Any resource on these woul...

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

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Q&A Where do I find hiking partners to go on glaciers/mountains?

Is there a well-known free webpage in Europe where you can find hiking partners to go on &gt; 4000 m mountains? For bouldering and climbing it is usually not a problem to find "new friends", since...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by cerv21‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How dangerous are kangaroos?

After watching this video of a man punching a kangaroo to rescue his dog, I am wondering how dangerous a kangaroo is to a human on foot? I am sure that there are a lot of other things in Australia ...

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

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Q&A Micro-Fractures in Climbing Equipments

I have always been very careful while handling climbing gear. Last year while returning from an expedition, I met a group that was returning from a tough-looking climb. They were selling off a few ...

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

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Q&A How do you overcome a preventative fear of dangerous wildlife

I live in Colorado and love hiking alone, it's quiet and peaceful. I want to be more 'free' to hike in early morning or late evening when it's dark or backpack in remote places, but at this point ...

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

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Q&A 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 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 3y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 7y ago by Josh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 3y ago by Yogesch‭

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Q&A 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 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 3y ago by cerv21‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where in the Alps is it safe to drink the water without filtering?

In some places, the Swedish Lappland for example, it's perfectly fine and even recommended to drink water directly from streams. Is it also recommended whilst hiking in the Alps, and if so is it o...

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

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Q&A Knife as defense against stray dogs

Some places I travel to have stray dogs in the city. Can a knife be used effectively if attacked by one or more of them? I've had creepy close encounters.

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's wrong with swimming out far?

I swim decently - no pro but I can do a couple of km, resting once in awhile. Many times, both in day and night, in the warm, summer, Mediterranean sea, friends have cautioned me to "not swim so f...

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

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Q&A How can you tell if roadkill is safe to eat?

In some places in the US, it is legal to take roadkill home and eat it while in other places the meat is donated. If it was legal where you are, how would you tell if the meat is still good?

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

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Q&A Would top-roping in this limestone quarry be reasonable?

So there's this limestone quarry that looks like a beautiful place to rock climb. It's about 40 feet high, and the top is easily accessible and has many trees that look like they'd make fine top-r...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user42541‭  ·  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 Are there any areas in Southeast Asia where it would be safe to wild-camp with a tent in the mountains?

I am not interested in camping on a campsite among lots of other people, I want to pitch-up a tent where there is just me and nature around. Are there any areas in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by yannn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can orange safety vest be used when hiking during hunting season?

I'm going to be doing some winter hiking in parks where there are going to be a lot of hunters. Probably only during bow hunting season for deer in NJ. I'll be getting some blaze hats but for the v...

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

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Q&A How do I safely move around Canada Geese?

I live in an area with a lot of lakes/ponds, with many paths around them. Many humans and dogs enjoy walking on these paths. However, the Canada geese have recently set up shop on the lakes. They d...

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

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Q&A Is there a good way to be kept up-to-date with climbing gear recalls?

In the last years, there were a few occasions when companies would put out recalls on their climbing gear due to manufacturing defects. For example, Black Diamond recalled some improperly riveted c...

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

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Q&A For how long afterwards do we benefit from acclimatization?

Consider we are trying to pre-acclimate for an expedition in Himalaya to shorten the actual timespan on site. As an example, I am expecting a benefit if I go in the Alps for several days above 400...

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

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Q&A How can I protect myself in case of a human attack like the murders of the hikers Jespersen and Ueland in Morocco?

I read about the murders of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland. What safety mistakes these girls did during their camping trip? What could have been done to avoid this situation? How ca...

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

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Q&A When clipping into quickdraws, is it dangerous to pass a finger through the gate?

When learning to sport climb, I was taught not to pass any of my fingers through the gate of the carabiner when clipping into a quickdraw. Lest any of my fingers get stuck and degloved in the case ...

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

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Q&A How can a team of 2 or 3 safely traverse a narrow, exposed snow ridge?

Assume a team of 2-3 people intend to traverse a very exposed ridge at altitude. What are the main hazards and how can they be mitigated? The type of ridge in question is covered in snow (various ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by cerv21‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do sharpies or markers damage soft rock climbing gear?

I have been writing my initials onto the dogbones (webbing connecting biners) of my quickdraws with a sharpie (permanent marker) so I can tell them apart from everyone else's. Recently, one of my c...

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

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Q&A Is belaying a lead more difficult than a top roped climber

Assessing potential lead climbing partners for competence and safety asserts that a lead climb belay is more complicated and has higher potential for a serious accident over a top rope belay. I...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are Personal Flotation Devices a good idea when rafting?

Are Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs/life vests/life jackets) good for rafting? It may seem like a silly question, but I have heard several times now that they increase your danger due to the risk...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Stereotypical‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to take care of an acrophobic person while hiking?

There is some trouble. One of my close friends has acrophobia (fear of heights). But he wants to go for a trek for what it offers than just the mesmerizing view from the top. How can I take care of...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I look for in a used wet suit?

I am considering getting a used wet suit for sailing and canoeing in the early spring and next fall. What should I look for? Based on the related Q&amp;A below, it looks like I will want 6-7mm (1...

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

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Q&A How to protect yourself from horses?

Me and a group of about twenty of my friends were passing through the ranch of my neighbor. There is a large prairie with his horses. Suddenly, a group of about 10 horses charged us. All of a sudde...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Martin Drozdik‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Gloves for knuckle protection that can get wet but not necessarily waterproof

I am looking to replace my NRS creeking gloves that I use for kayaking "bony" rivers and creeks where rock contact is a real possibility. The problem that I have with them is that the seams are no...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What formation to best survive a flood?

I just heard of an incident where a group of people were caught unprepared by a flood. It is known as the "Bulacan State University Field Trip", Looking at the images online, I couldn't help but po...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Undisputed007‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why use a blue porch light?

I have noticed a few people are using blue light bulbs for the front porch and/or walk way. The light is not very bright and does not cast what I would call sufficient lighting. On some streets ha...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should we protect ourselves from a lightning strike?

We are in the great outdoors and a massive thunderstorm will be over us soon. What steps should we take to be safe from a lightning strike? This question is not "am I safe in my tent" etc. You ar...

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

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Q&A Tent or hammock safer from lightning?

If a lightning storm is coming, and you had a tent and a hammock/tarp with you, which would you choose, based only on relative safety from lightning?

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Don Branson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I safely use a candle lantern inside a tent?

I have a candle lantern housed inside what I think is an aluminum frame. I'm concerned it will get hot enough to melt fabrics. How can I safely use it inside a tent? Should I suspend it from the...

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

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Q&A Is it safe to take a shower outside during a thunderstorm?

Recently I was camping in the local mountains and while showering a storm blew in so I took a shower in a thunderstorm. Some people said it was very dangerous. The showers were basic structures out...

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

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