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Q&A How to measure the temperature without a thermometer?

We are in the wild and need to know how cold/hot it is. How can we measure the temperature if we don't have any thermometers? Can we build something similar, etc.? It doesn't have to be necessaril...

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

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Q&A How to improvise a pair of tweezers in the wild?

From slivers caused by chopping wood, thorns from plants, or bee stings there have been times when out in the woods when a pair of tweezers would come in handy and none where on hand. Are there ar...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  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 Hot water system as a heater for car camping?

For car camping near the snow line, is there anything that can safely be used as a heater while sleeping? For example, how large would ordinary hot water bottles need to be, to comfortably emit he...

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

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Q&A Can you start a wood fire with a Spark Bunsen Burner/Laboratory Lighter?

Someone suggested using a Safety Spark Bunsen Burner/Laboratory Lighter with 5 Flints to start tinder for an emergency fire. I don't currently own one so can't try it. I have used them to light f...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any natural materials that can be used as a magnifying lens (or to craft one)?

I am currently stuck in the wilderness, and I have been out here for a while. I want to focus light. There are various reasons for wanting to do this, with the two biggest reasons being for vision ...

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

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Q&A Is there a way to light a fire in the wild using rocks?

Just for fun, how would I go about lighting a fire with naturally shaped rocks by striking sparks? It might be useful if I were to camp in the far north, where there are no trees. What should I use...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by J. Musser‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to find new poles for old tent?

I have a nice and small tent I really like that is around 30 years old. It is from Sierra West, but I don't remember the model name. Here is a picture so that you can see the size and general con...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Start a fire with nail clippers?

My inexpensive nail clippers are chrome plated steel. All the keys on my key ring are brass or some other non-ferrous metal (I checked with a magnet). The nail clippers have that small nail file ...

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

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Q&A Start a fire with key fob battery?

We know that you can start a fire with a battery. the better prepared you are the easier it is going to be. I am not prepared and all I have in my pockets is my car keys, which includes a keyless ...

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

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Q&A Is it safe to use denatured alcohol as an antiseptic?

A lot of hikers carry denatured alcohol for cooking. Is there any risk to using it as an antiseptic for cuts and lacerations?

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A When stranded, how do I choose a place to camp on an island?

We are in a Robinson Crusoe situation where we're stranded on a tropical island (lonely or not). We've to setup our camp. How to determine the right piece of land? For example you might wanna hav...

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

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Q&A What are some alternative ways of fishing - i.e. catching fish?

If I'm out in the wilderness and want to catch fish to survive, what are some ways I can do this without a conventional fishing pole/line?

6 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by studiohack‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to protect sunglasses without a case?

I find abandoned sunglasses fairly frequently, right now the snow shoe and cross country trails are melting, and all of the sunglasses that were lost during the winter are now visible. I don't fin...

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

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Q&A How to sail a packraft

I would like to use the wind to propel my packraft on passages over lakes. Are there any lightweight and/or improvised sail systems? Especially: how do I erect a mast on the packraft without it be...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Oliver Hankeln‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can one tiller a bow without a tillering tree or similar wooden device?

I've been crafting a longbow from ash and am about ready for tillering. By tillering I mean: stringing the bow loosely and drawing the bowstring back little by little to give the bow some flex, mak...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to improvise a knife sharpener in the wild?

Assuming I am lost with minimal tools, but have my knife, is there any way to improvise a knife sharpener in the woods?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to do with old hydration bladders?

I have two old hydration bladders, both of which are no longer usable (in one the cap is broken, in the other the internal bag is ripped). Spare parts appear to be unavailable. Is there anything go...

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

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Q&A How to improvise heavy rain protection for a backpack?

Heavy rain can soak all of your gear. There are some things that you don't ever want to get wet, like your camera. I've learned to protect those things with string bags, which are light and I alway...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Starting a Fire with a Battery - what are the fundamental guidelines for safety and efficacy?

There are numerous videos online demonstrating that its possible to start a fire using a battery. Here are four examples using different starting materials. But I have not found any tutorials that ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Slavatron‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Safe way to mark a carabiner gate?

At the crag this weekend I noticed that my climbing partner's carabiner had a great feature: a red line painted such that you know the carabiner isn't locked until the red is hidden. I love this...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by theJollySin‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make DIY ice axe protectors?

How to make ice axe protectors yourself? I have few ideas from using duck tape to 3D printing, but it would be nice to hear about methods proven to work. The reason I want to add protectors is a ...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Val‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Building a fridge in the wild

I've read that one can create a (actually a pretty decent) fridge with quite common materials a few years ago. How do you do that?

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭

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Q&A What are some heavy-duty alternatives to a long line for walking a dog on rugged terrain?

Ok so we've a Shetland Sheepdog, roughly 6kg for his max weight, and he has a pretty decent harness (as in you can pick him up from it and it doesn't hurt him, choke him etc) but he only has a dece...

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

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Q&A How to create a cast or splint to aid a broken bone?

Assuming you or one of your party has broken his leg (or something). How can you create a provisional splint or cast to bring you/him/her back to the next hospital etc.? Would be cool if it's made...

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

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Q&A What materials from nature can I use to make a hunting bow in the wilderness?

What materials can be used to make a hunting bow in the wilderness? Not just for the main structure but also the materials that would be suitable for the string. All of the materials should be fro...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Programmer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Making a Make-Shift harness from Tape-Slings

I have some common knowledge about knots used for Climbing and Rope-care. There was an incident last week, where I needed a Seat-Harness which I didn't have with me. I needed one for tying up a fr...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make a traditional torch?

How would you go about preparing an old fashioned torch for use in survival situations where an electrical torch has failed?

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the things I need to know when fashioning a sling?

I was trying to make a sling the other day to entertain my kids (yes this is a terrible idea) and although the finished product worked (sort of) it occurred to me that this, like all ancient handi-...

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

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Q&A Tent Fly Coloured Reflective Tape

I have an MSR Elixir 2 tent with footprint that is great for my spring/summer/fall rock trips and is made of quite durable fabric. It has worked quite well at very cold temps and has very effectiv...

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

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Q&A How can I make/improvise a rope on a trip?

If I'm out in the wilderness and find myself in need of a rope I don't have with me (forgotten, not enough, another snapped), how can I make one? Are there any natural ropes I could use with minima...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Kevin‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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Q&A How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?

Say I'm hiking outdoors and I get a scrape. I've forgotten my first aid pack, or already used up the appropriate supplies. Is there anything in the wilderness I can use to sterilize and perhaps cov...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Kevin‭  ·  last activity 11y ago by System‭

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