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Q&A What are the pros and cons of a bear can vs an Ursack?

There are basically two bear-resistant containers meant for storing food while backpacking, bear canisters and Ursacks. What are the pros and cons of each?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A How does powdered peanut butter compare to regular peanut butter for backpacking?

I have heard of people using powdered instead of regular peanut butter for backpacking, mostly on the theory that it is lighter. How does powdered peanut butter compare to regular peanut butter?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 How thin is "too thin" for tent guylines?

In my ongoing effort to cut tent weight we have replaced stakes, changed ground pads, and we're looking at replacing the guylines (no really, it's amazing how much cordage weighs!). At what diamet...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What should go in an inflatable sleeping pad repair kit?

While backpacking with an inflatable or self-inflating sleeping pad one runs the risk of getting holes in it. This does happen fairly frequently, and while they do make kits, I would like to know ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

I like to hike, and I have two large dogs (German Shepherd, Presa Canario). After a long hike I look reasonably homeless (long hair, unshaven, muddy). Combined with two large, potentially dangero...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Censored to protect the guilty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Keeping a backpack from being stolen whilst sleeping in a tent

In the past, I have always slept with my backpack wedged uncomfortably beside me due to limited room in a fully manned tent, since I'm concerned about bag theft when miles away from civilization. ...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James Paul Turner‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Looking for information about the large circles free of snow that form in the spring around the trunks of large trees?

We have often used the large snow free circles that form in the spring around the trunks of large trees as camping spots. Even in an area blanketed with deep snow, there will be such bare, dry gro...

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

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Q&A What are the pro and cons of vacuum sealed vs mylar bags for DIY dehydrated foods?

For packaging dehydrated foods for backpacking, the two options that I can think of are mylar bags and vacuum-sealed bags. What are the pros and cons of each method?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to teach situational awareness for the outdoors?

By situational awareness I mean (but certainly don't limit it to): Looking behind to familiarize yourself with the return journey. Looking ahead to see what the best route will be. Knowing the a...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A The best solution for carrying a D-SLR when hiking

I am planning a multi-day hike in the Drakensberg area of South Africa. This is a beautiful landscape with interesting flora and fauna. Consequently I want to have my Digital SLR close to hand. I d...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by D.H.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Long distance hikes with small children

In recent years, my wife and I completed a few long distances hikes together, for instance: Kungsleden from Nikkaluokta to Abisko, 105 km (Sweden) Landmannalaugar to Skogar via Laugavegur and Fim...

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

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Q&A Is it poor etiquette to ask fellow backpackers where they have been/where they are going?

I got a comment here that said, Please omit the "Where have you been?" part of your social interaction. That is going to set me more on edge, not put me at ease. It sounds "stalker-ish", which ...

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

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Q&A What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?

Last summer I spent 15 days hiking with my boyfriend, in Sarek National Park, where there are no places to restock with more food. The food issue was a major part of the pre-planning, as weight wa...

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

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Q&A Is a type of walking trailer a good alternative to a heavy backpack in off-road conditions?

Heavy backpacks can spoil the pleasures of being in the outdoors. There are two ways to resolve this: Carry less Find an alternative to the backpack While the first option is usually the best o...

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

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Q&A Can I get away with less advanced food storing methods if backpacking in areas where meeting bears is unlikely?

A page like this one, as well as a number of questions on this site, discuss how to pack food safely from bears. What about other animals? This post advises a pretty sophisticated way to protect ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  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 How do I fold in / tidy up the straps on my rucksack?

I bought a new rucksack. However, how can I tidy up and hide away the myriad straps so they don't flap about and get caught in things?

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the easiest way to remove creosote from pots and pans?

I just returned from a five day trip during which we used a friend's Solo Stove (wood burner). My pots are now covered with a thick, sticky, black layer of creosote. I've tried steel wool and soa...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Jeff W‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Osprey Atmos AG 50 raincover

I have Osprey Atmos AG 50 and I am trying to buy a rain cover for it. There are two sizes in Ultralight rain cover model.One is 'M' size (upto 50 L) and another is 'L' size (50-75 L). Have anyone b...

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

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Q&A Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?

How can I handle multiple months of menstrual cycles on a long trek like the Appalachian Trail? I am asking about how to handle the mess. Here are my personal considerations: Using hormonal bir...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Clare Steen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to reduce pain of wasp stings?

Assuming I am not allergic, or showing signs of allergic reaction, what's the best way to treat multiple yellow jacket (a type of wasp) stings in the outdoors while hiking/backpacking? My key conc...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Suffocation while cooking under an umbrella?

I was recently backpacking in Olympic National Park. I didn't have a tarp with me (was being cheap. Bought one shortly after the trip) but had a $5 umbrella. It rained a bit during one the mornings...

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

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Q&A Art supplies on backpacking trips

I have always been inspired by the sketches and watercolors of explorers, cartographers and scientists who lived before the invention of photography. I have tried bringing watercolors myself, but d...

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

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Q&A How can I pack my food so it doesn't smell?

TL;DR: How can I pack my food so that it isn't an odor nuisance in my backpack, in a lightweight manner if animals are no issue. In a month I will be going on a 14-day trekking trip, completely ...

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

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Q&A Backpacking in southern NY or PA

All- I'm looking for a good 25-30 mile backpacking trail in southern NY or PA. I've looked into Allegany State Park and National Forest, but couldn't find a loop that would keep us out of campgrou...

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

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Q&A Boots or trail runners with reference to blisters?

I know that I can significantly improve my hiking efficiency by reducing the weight of my footwear. However, I have historically had trouble with blisters while hiking. I also often do long distanc...

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

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Q&A Sleeping solo in a double sleeping bag

I'm buying a double sleeping bag for travels with my girlfriend. Parameters (of the bag, not the girlfriend): 1500g of goose down, 680 in³/oz (393 cm³/g), 90/10% down/feather, rated to -9...-15°C T...

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

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Q&A Is it worth it to switch from Osprey Atmos to Exos to save weight?

My wife and I started hiking this season (we have been cycling for 10 years before that). We have pretty light and compact gear, except for the backpack. We carried Osprey Atmos 50 and Osprey Talon...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yuriy Kulikov‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some good foods for recovering from calorie debt?

Calorie debt is when you are using more calories than you are eating and making up the difference from stored reserves of body fat. Sometimes people will do this to save on the amount of weight ca...

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

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Q&A Does a pound on your foot equal 5 pounds on your back?

I have heard a number of people say that a pound on your foot equals 5 pounds on your back. Is there any hard evidence to support this claim and how does the terrain affect it?

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

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Q&A How can I prepare physically for a long distance thru-hike such as the Pacific Crest Trail?

I'm planning on hiking the PCT next summer (April 2020-August 2020). I have nearly eleven months to prepare, physically and mentally, and nearly eleven months to read up on the PCT. I have a lot ...

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

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Q&A Effective way to carry a sleeping mattress with rucksack?

I am going for four day hike in Western Ghats. The terrain is rocky humid and It is one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity in the world. I am trying to pack my rucksac...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by eirenaios‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Backpacking with incontinence

Suggestions on how to backpack with urinary incontinence? Not a fun topic, but I’m headed out on a 5-day backpacking trip and am concerned how to pack out any used products without attracting bears.

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

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Q&A Dog-friendly backpacking trails in Northern California and Southern Oregon

Once a year I go on a backpacking trip with a friend of mine who lives near Sacramento, California. He likes to bring his dog. The trip lengths typically range from 2-5 days (including car travel),...

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

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Q&A Does &#x201C;Pay attention to the ounces, and the pounds take care of themselves&#x201D; make sense when planning backpacking gear?

The classic advice given to backpackers trying to limit the weight they have to carry is “Pay attention to the ounces, and the pounds take care of themselves.” Brooks Landon M.A. Ph.D.. Build...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Greek - Area 51 Proposal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Daily distance estimation AT Maryland

My Daughter and I are considering hiking through Maryland on the AT in early October. Most of the trail I have done up to this point was in New England a Pennsylvania. Trail guides are indicating...

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

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Q&A How much time/distance on average does it take take to break in hiking boots?

If you are buying new hiking boots before a trip there is a break in period before the boots get comfortable and you don't want to go on a long backpacking trip with brand new boots. Time will depe...

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

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Q&A Is the Battery Life of the Garmin InReach Mini enough for a 2 week trip?

I am going hiking for 2-3 weeks with no possibility of charging the battery again. Assuming I only turn the InReach on only once a day to send a "I'm ok"-message and then turn it off again, would t...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user5227744‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What Canadian national/provincial/territorial parks permit random backcountry camping, if any?

From my outdoor experience in the Nordic countries, I'm used to random backcountry camping. I've never seen a backcountry campground in my life, but I've recently moved to Canada and it seems that...

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

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Q&A Under what conditions does heating a tent artificially make objective sense?

My question is motivated by the earlier question How To Quickly Warm A Tent, which generated a lot of interest, and one of the best comments ever on TGO: All I could think about after reading y...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Self-diagnosis of hypothermia onset

Does anyone have experience with self-assessment of early stages of hypothermia, in the context of the other subjective experiences that may come with solo wilderness adventures? In my experience,...

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

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Q&A How much margin due to charging inefficiency should I add when calculating the size of batteries needed for a trip?

In order to charge my electrical equipment while backpacking (GPS, camera for timelapses, phone, etc) I bring along a large battery. To calculate the size of the battery you can figure out how many...

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

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Q&A Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips

This question asks what the downsides are to hammock camping, but doesn't really address the reasons why you would want to sleep in a hammock to camp. Let's say I'm backpacker new to the idea of s...

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

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Q&A Need Help Identifying a Birdcall (Sierra Nevadas)

I went on a weeklong backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas and in the third or fourth night while we were camping next to the Kern River we heard this odd noise. At around 5-10 PM we would here ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jatearoon Keene Boondicharern‭

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Q&A Ultra-light camping setup for solo-backping in the Uintas

I am considering a solo three-day trip in the Uinta Mountains in Utah in August. I have lots of experience backpacking but I've never soloed before and so am thinking of ways to shed some weight. M...

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

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Q&A Is caffeine helpful or hurtful when backpacking?

When backpacking for several days, is there a benefit to drinking coffee and the likes in the morning, or does the crash that comes later in the day hinder the progress of a group in the back-count...

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

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Q&A What are the pros and cons of cotton vs mesh filters for making cold brew coffee in a Nalgene water bottle?

From my research so far into making cold brew coffee in a Nalgene while backpacking, I have found there to be two types of filters, cotton ones called "coffee socks" and mesh ones that screw onto t...

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

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Q&A How dangerous are wild horses?

In some parts of the western United States there are herds of wild horses. How dangerous could a herd be to a human on foot while hiking or backpacking? If they are dangerous how should a human pr...

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

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