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Q&A Where was this picture of the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin river taken?

In 1892-1896 Theodore Solomons took this picture of the in the Sierra Nevada mountains. That would put it on the east side of the Ritter Range and likely south of Mt Ritter. Does anyone recogni...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A How are backpacking conditions at Yosemite in April?

Looking at the webcam, it looks like things are still pretty wintery in that area. Being Michiganders, some snow is not going to deter us (we love winter camping), but we at least want to be prepa...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Brad Koch‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Why is (almost) no one climbing hard routes on Half Dome?

I follow the international rock climbing scene, and we constantly hear of repetitions of hard routes on El Capitan. On Youtube, it is possible to find many videos of strong climbers from all over...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by valerio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What are these shells found in a gravel bank along the South Platte?

While hiking about a quarter-mile from the South Platte river I found these shells in a gravel bank. Most but not all had turned white, and they were in what looked like a gravel bank/deposit ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Can anyone help identify this skull fragment

Found in the woods next to my home in central Connecticut, USA Trying to identify, i am putting it on a shelf in my room and would like to know what it is

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Patrick noel‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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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 How to keep humans from stealing your food from the bear boxes in Yosemite Valley?

Some of the Yosemite Valley parking lots have communal bear boxes as do some of the trailheads because you are not supposed to store your extra food in your vehicle while you backpack. Bears can't...

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

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Q&A Where did all the stink bugs go?

I live near Pittsburgh PA, and I just saw a stink bug, possibly the first one I have seen all year. In the last couple of years they have been a major pest. Now they seem to be mostly gone. Where...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What is this metal plate at the top of Mount Hoffman?

I hiked Mount Hoffman in Yosemite today and at the top there was this metal plate bolted to the rock with 4 metal rods welded to it. On the side you can also see some rivets so possibly there was s...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by pbm‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A In the United States, where would I find how a geological feature got its name?

In the US, there are plenty of interestingly named features along with lots of really repetitive ones. If I wanted to find out how a mountain/creek/river got its official name, where would I find ...

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

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Q&A What difference is removing wolves from the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act in the US going to make?

Wolves are going to be removed from the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act (pending litigation). They were already delisted in Montana and Idaho and had a hunting season in Wy...

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

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Q&A What is the easiest/most guaranteed way of getting into Yosemite Valley during the pandemic?

Due to Covid Yosemite National Park has restricted entry permits to lower the number of visitors. Currently to get in there are several options to enter, Permits released well in advance. Permits ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What is this small winged bug with a black spot on its back and dusky colored wings

I just saw this small winged bug out in a prairie would anyone know what kind it is? Top view Side view

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

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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 In the United States, how steep can a handicap-accessible trail be?

Once in Yosemite Vally, I saw a sign that one fork of a paved trail was marked as handicap accessible because it was less steep than the other fork that led to the same destination. How steep/what ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  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 What are these small plants with red berries at around 9,000 ft in Colorado

I found these plants while hiking in Colorado, they are pretty small and have red berries slightly larger than peas. The area was old growth that had been burned in a fire at least a few years ago.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?

I've recently bought a pair of PMR446 walkie-talkies with some 5–10 km range, operating at 446 MHz. We've happily used them in Sareks Nationalpark in Sweden. Now I'm moving to Canada, where this ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A What is a place in the U.S.A that is between 40°F - 60°F (5°C - 15°C) year round and doesn't get a ton of rain?

I just wanted to know what place in america has forest, temperature ranges from 40°F - 60°F (5°C - 15°C) year round, does NOT rain for days on end, and rarely gets snow. I tried looking around on...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  edited 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A Do Glacier National Park (USA) backcountry camps have bear poles / bear canisters?

In Glacier National Park (USA), there are 63 backcountry campgrounds. I looked at the backcountry campground website including the map and campsite information. Are there bear poles/boxes at back...

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

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Q&A Why are American ski resorts so expensive?

While doing some research for my answer in are ski areas shutting down? I was a bit shocked by the American prices for lift tickets. Vail is at $220 and while this may be an exceptionally expensive...

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

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Q&A Are ski areas in the United States shutting down?

Interesting video I ran across. The high point are quotes from sugarbush's president. All the rest information is less important, except for statistics. I'm not sure where they got their stats. NSA...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Paul Blair‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I find a less crowded trail in the southeast United States on the 4th of July?

In addition to "longest walk possible" are there any good guidelines for finding trails/areas in the southeast that are typically less crowded on holidays such as the 4th of July? State parks here...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A If the Dawn Wall had been climbed before, why was the 2015 attempt so difficult?

There's a lot of talk in the media about Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell's free ascent of the dawn wall of El Capitan. This wall has been climbed before, but this is the first time it's been fr...

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

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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 Why does North Cascades National Park get so few visitors?

Last year I went to Washington state and I visited Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, and North Cascades National Park. I enjoyed all three of them. I just saw a Wikipedia page a...

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

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Q&A Fall/autumn colours in northwest North American mountains

I've noticed that the vegetation in the subalpine forest is very different between the Alps, the Urals, Scandinavia, or the Canadian Rockies. In the latter, I didn't find any at all. In the Alps,...

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

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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 How can my neighbor encourage chipmunks to move away from her front-yard flower garden?

This question is related to my earlier question about when it is safe, from the young chipmunks' point of view, to relocate a burrow of chipmunks. To recap the background of the earlier question: ...

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

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Q&A What kind of toad is this 2.5 inch (6.5cm) one yellow with brown spots and a white back stripe?

I just found this toad on a sidewalk near a lake the elevation was probably somewhere around 4800 ft (1500m). Does anybody know what kind it is?

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Wild animal in Virginia that sounds like monkey cackling/laughing?

I'm here hunting turkey in Virginia and I keep hearing unidentifiable sounds that I'm pretty sure are not turkey. One of the most common one is something like a monkey (chimp) cackling/laughing. I...

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

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Q&A Camping in Yosemite in March

I'm planning a camping trip in Yosemite with a group of friends for some time around mid-March. I know it can get cold at that time of year, but that's the only time we could all arrange the time o...

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

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Q&A Legality of "semi-permanent" wooden structures in state and national forests in the US

Imagine the following situation: A group of friends found a remote spot in a state or national forest that they really like. They keep returning to the place quite often, lately there are at leas...

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

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Q&A Carrying a gun openly while hiking in western North Carolina

I know that NC permits open carry but I'm actually interested in cultural implications of running into people in the woods who may be weirded out by it. I've hiked a lot in places where it's legal ...

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

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Q&A Where are some good places for a day-hike within an hour or two of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA?

Some friends and I were thinking of doing a one day hike somewhere in Minnesota. I have looked online for places but nothing I have found really gives me a sense of the place. My requirements are...

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

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Q&A US Military's standards for how long a soldier can go without food?

I've been trying to find the US Military's guidelines or standard for how long a soldier can go without food, for any branch of the military. Is there any such recommendation, as to how long a man...

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

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Q&A Which tree produces heart shaped seeds enveloped in a long pod?

Which tree native to Florida produces these seeds? The pods are really long and the seeds inside are in the shape of little hearts.

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

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Q&A What is this tiny round shiny black bug that bites?

Can anyone tell me what type of bug this is? I found two of them in my bed in Tennessee, United States. It's not a tick. The shell is hard. It was alive and you could see it moving. It's .016", ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Terresa Morris‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why would you climb hard bigwall projects in Yosemite in winter?

One of the hardest routes on El Cap, The Dawn Wall, was done by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in January 2015. What are some of the reasons to choose to climb such a hard route in winter, when ...

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

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Q&A Rods for shark fishing

I was looking at jawbone 2 xtreme blanks, the sledgehammer model is 10' with 100-250 pound line rating. It's E glass with 28-36 ounce lure rating. I've been looking all over the Internet for someth...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user25300‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to find good places for target shooting on National Forest Lands

Target shooting is expressly permitted on National Forest Lands. However, finding a good place to do it is not necessarily straightforward. What would be good strategies to find a place to target ...

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

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Q&A What attracts Spotted Lanternflies?

Where I work, there is a rather large population of Spotted Lanternflies around our office building. From what I've read, they are considered invasive species and quite a problem this year in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why do they turn the 9/11 Memorial Lights off for birds?

On the morning of September 11, 2001, two airplanes flew into the "Twin Towers," part of the hub of the World Trade Center in New York City, United States. The towers, which at one time had been th...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why do I never see robins in the woods?

I know that there might be robins in the woods that I just never see. But why don't I see any robins. I see lots of birds including chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays. There are Hawthorn trees ou...

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

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Q&A Is dirty birdbath water worse than none at all?

For the last few months, we've experienced long spells of drought and heat in Massachusetts, on the East Coast of the United States. At least thirty birds and three generations of squirrels and chi...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Looking for a 20 to 40mi out and back or loop trail in Maryland

My daughter and I were going to hike the AT through Maryland. She goes to school there and really wanted to do a muli-day hike. We recently gave up on the idea b/c the logistics of the end to end...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by mreff555‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the navigation considerations on the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers between Ohiopyle State Park (PA) and Pittsburgh PA?

I want to travel by canoe from Ohiopyle State Park to Pittsburgh Pa on the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers What are the navigation considerations? Also I will have a bike and trailer for the...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this plastic net with a wide middle and bottom that looks like an upside-down flower hanging from a tree?

We recently (July, 2019) went to Bar Harbor, Maine, United States, to visit friends who live on the ocean. My husband took a walk on an established path (he's very serious about Leave No Trace) at ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the wood of edible sumac poisonous?

I forage for food as a hobby, and noticed that the attaching parts of sumac stays with the berries sometimes, so it got me to wondering if the wood of edible sumac is poisonous for human consumptio...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by a coder‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How does a European Robin differ from an American Robin?

I live in the Northeastern region of the United States, and am an avid bird-lover. I love robins for their looks, and because they're harbingers of spring in my area. I thought robins were the same...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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