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Q&A Is the correct term Canada Goose or Canadian Goose?

The author of a question on our site referred to a certain type of goose as a Canadian goose. Some people thought that the correct name is Canada goose, rather than Canadian. Wikipedia refers to t...

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

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Q&A What do you call the criss-crossed elastic strap on this Northface backpack?

This Northface backpack has an elastic strap which criss-crosses the back side of the pack. What is this type of strap called? The image below shows what kind of strap I'm talking about:

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

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Q&A What determines whether the young of a cat is called a kitten or a cub?

The young of cats are called kittens or cubs, depending partly on how large the cat is, and apparently partly on informal custom. Wikipedia, kitten says: The word "kitten" derives from the Mid...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is "scat" used to describe the droppings of any animal?

I understand that when you see animal droppings in the wilderness, it's referred to as "scat." I have heard scat referred to when referencing bear, coyote and mountain lion droppings. Is this the...

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

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Q&A Difference between a "path" and a "footpath"?

I was chacking a map to see access rights on a particular route I know. I was checking if a path was a bridleway or footpath as I know Mountain Bikes should only use bridleways. Studying the key cl...

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

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Q&A What is a "fast pack" setup for a tent?

Reading around forums and in products, I see descriptions and weights for a "fast pack" setup for tents. What does this mean and what is it used for?

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the term for completing a climbing route uncleanly?

If a climber completes a route without using their protection that is called sending. What is the term if one completes the route but had to depend on the rope either for a rest or for a fall? Le...

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

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Q&A What features of a trail camera make it easier for photographing animals than other cameras?

In this answer to a question I asked about how to photograph moose without scaring them, one of the possible suggestions was a "trail camera." What exactly is a trail camera? How does it differ i...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the difference between the Norwegian fjord and the Scottish sea loch?

I want to know the major differences between these two systems.

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Osbert Moses‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why use a 20 MOA rail on top of a rifle?

Some hunting rifles come with a 20 MOA rail on top for mounting the scope or you can purchase the rails separately. What is the point of a 20 MOA rail?

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

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Q&A Wet vs dry glacier

What exactly is meant by the terms "wet" or "dry" glacier? This link here seems to point to the existence or absence of a film of melt-water below the glacier. This has an impact on how the glacie...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by fgysin reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does it mean for a caliber to be flat shooting?

Certain calibers such as the 300 Winchester Magnum are often called flat shooting. What does that mean and why would a hunter care that the caliber is flat shooting when selecting a rifle to go h...

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

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Q&A What is a cartridge&#x2019;s point-blank-range?

Related to the idea of a flatter shooting cartridge, and the reason why a flatter cartridge makes it easier to hit the animal within the vital area, is the concept of point-blank-range. What is po...

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

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Q&A What are "Aggressive" climbing Shoes?

This question was borrowed from a comment on this question. But what is meant by an "aggressive" climbing shoe? What is the difference in a non-aggressive shoe? And when would you use one over the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a glass artificial horizon?

On Amundsen's polar expedition they had, Of instruments and apparatus for the sledge journeys we carried two sextants, three artificial horizons, of which two were glass horizons with dark glas...

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

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Q&A What is the difference between back country camping and front country camping?

I heard two terms 'back country camping' and 'front country camping' but I don't know what the difference between the two is. How are they different.

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

Question camping terminology
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Q&A What are the differences between a lighthouse and a light station in terms of the specific purpose?

One summer evening we drove to Race Point, the farthest tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. We were told there was a lighthouse at that spot, and wanted to see the light shine through the darkness...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  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 are the different names for and sources of alcohol for my stove?

What are the different names for camping stove alcohol and where can I get such a fuel? Note, this is not about white gas (aka "Coleman" fuel).

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do you call a small backpack? (so I can search for it)

I've been borrowing this High Sierra small backpack from my friend for a few days and I'm looking to buy my own. So far I haven't found any barcode or product name on it, and I haven't found anythi...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by djechlin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a kassak&#xE5;ta?

Within the mountains (and other wilderness areas) of Västerbotten and Norrbotten in Sweden, there is a lot of cultural heritage, with Sami huts ("kåta") like Måskåsj-gammen or like this one between...

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

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Q&A What is the difference between a Canoe and a Kayak?

Canoes and Kayaks have a lot in common, and for the most part I can look and say that is a Canoe and that is a Kayak. But I have been seeing some vessels that blur the line between them. It seems...

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

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Q&A Is there a difference between a hiking trail and a backpacking trail, including if it's the same piece of land?

I saw an article about the Long Trail, a 272-mile trail through the Green Mountain range in Vermont, USA. It's famous for being the oldest hiking trail in the United States, having been built betw...

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

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Q&A What are opposite and opposed carabiners?

It is often said that when using two carabiners at the same point, such as an anchor, they should be opposite and opposed. What exactly does this mean?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Terminology and cues for reading river water when fly fishing

When reading or watching videos on about reading water for fishing in English, I often come across terms like riffle, run, pool, seam, among others. However, when I get o the river ready to float t...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Kenji‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a 'Whitecap' and why should I be concerned about boating in them?

I heard someone talking about whitecaps and how they could be dangerous for boating but I am not sure I understand, what they were talking about. What are whitecaps and why should I be concerned a...

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

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Q&A What constitutes mountain exposure when hiking or scrambling?

In this question, I focus on the fall exposure component. While I understand the perception of danger will vary from person to person, I'm having trouble characterizing mountain exposure. I can see...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Gabriel C.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does contouring mean in the context of navigation/orienteering?

One of the techniques while navigating in the outdoors is known as contouring, what does this mean and when would it be useful?

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

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Q&A What is the defintion of a "unisex tent"?

I was searching around after a new hiking tent, when I noticed a specification called "unisex", I know that something is "unisex" if it's suited for all genders. Though it makes me wonder, how on e...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Periodic Sqare well‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question tents terminology
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Q&A What's the difference between frontcountry camping and backcountry camping?

I know what camping is, but what are frontcountry and backcountry camping?

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

Question camping terminology
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Q&A What is the difference between AMO/AMA and ASTM spine declarations?

This question asks "Are the Goldtip and Easton spine declarations AMO/AMA or ASTM??", What exactly is the difference between AMO/AMA and ASTM spine declarations and what difference does it make?

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A In shooting, what is a MOA (minute of angle)?

In hunting/shooting, you will often see the term MOA (which stands for minute of angle). What exactly is an (MOA) minute of angle when it comes to shooting?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Getting lost and circling a trail in a loop?

What is the term for that phenomenon when someone in wilderness start experiencing a strange situation? When, They aren't certain that they have lost the route They may or may not be walking on a...

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

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Q&A What's the difference between a fjord and a fjard?

Last year we visited some friends at their summer home in Lamoine, Maine, in Northeast United States. They took us to a place called Somes Sound, on Mount Desert Island. It's either in or near Acad...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Name of this quiver type

I noticed a few archers who have a different kind of quiver (different from a back-, bow- or side-quiver). It's kind of a pocket where the arrows are literally "plugged in". Just like in a bow-quiv...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does it mean to cross load a carabiner?

What does it mean to cross load a carabiner? I know it's bad, and not to do it, but I don't really know what exactly it is.

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Patrick Lee Scott‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between a Pass and a Col?

Are there any specifics about how to differentiate a Pass and a Col in terms of mountaineering? For non-mountaineering and non-geographical interests it's all the same.

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

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Q&A What is the difference between a dinosaur true track and a natural cast?

Of the dinosaur tracks that people find in the outdoors, there are two main types, true tracks and natural casts (there are also undertracks and infills but these are harder to see). What exactly...

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

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Q&A What's the difference between Sport Climbing and Traditional Climbing?

What is the difference between Sport Climbing and Traditional (Trad) Climbing? Is it just that Sport Climbing uses bolts?

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Scotty.NET‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a back bearing when navigating with map and compass?

Sometimes when navigating with map and compass one will take a back bearing, i.e. a bearing taken directly opposite to the direction one is travelling? When and why would one want to do this?

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A In orienteering/navigation, what is an attack point?

Some features in orienteering or navigation are called attack points. What exactly does this refer to?

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

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Q&A What is a dish or dish-like hand hold in rock climbing?

I saw mention of a 'dish' hold, and cannot figure out what this means exactly from Google searches. There are many sites selling dish holds like this one, but I don't understand what 'dish' means f...

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

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Q&A What is the difference between single and double action revolvers?

Some revolvers are single action and some are double action, what exactly is the difference between the two types?

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

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Q&A What is the difference between single action (SA), double action/single action (DA/SA) and double action only(DAO) semi-auto pistols

Somewhat like revolvers, semi-automatic pistols also come in single action, double action/single action and double action only. Also while there are similarities to how this terminology is used wi...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What is Geocaching?

There are questions on this site tagged geocaching. This appears to be some kind of GPS game. How is it played?

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Mr.Wizard‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are "minimalist shoes"?

There are some questions regarding "minimalist shoes" on the site. By looking at those with the tag, it seems that the term relates to shoes that have thin soles without much spring to them, and s...

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

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Q&A What is a top strap on a revolver?

Some revolvers like the earliest Colts do not have top straps, and that is the easy way of telling them apart from the early Remingtons or from any modern revolvers. What exactly is a top strap on...

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

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Q&A What is a "shooting jacket"?

I read this news report today about a Malaysian competitor in the commonwealth games. Commonwealth shooting champion Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim will be unable to compete in Glasgow after h...

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

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Q&A What do the climbing terms "Redpoint", "Pinkpoint", "Flash" and "Onsight" mean?

In climbing what do the terms Redpoint, Pinkpoint, Flash and Onsight mean? Where does it come from?

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

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Q&A In rock climbing what does the term "Flash" mean?

If someone "flashes" a climb what does this mean?

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

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