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Q&A What is the difference between SPF and UPF, if any?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sun_protective_clothing&amp;oldid=930941768: A relatively new rating designation for sun protective textiles and clothing is UPF (Ultraviole...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Franck Dernoncourt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Other than good shoes and a stick, what are some ways to preserve your knees on long hikes?

My knees aren’t in the best shape, one in particular. I had a rather devastating 13 hour up-and-down hike on day two of a three day hike, and the last day my knees were hurting every step. What are...

16 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sebastiaan van den Broek‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question hiking health
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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 How should a backpack be carried to keep from injuring the spine?

For example, which recommendations should backpackers follow while carrying heavy weights, and should backpack straps be tightened or loosened?

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Seeker001‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question health backpacks
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Q&A How dangerous is it to walk with wet feet in cold terrain?

Let us say we have around 0 degrees celsius and I have wet feet and I am in the middle of nowhere (let us say 2 days away from any civilisation). On the one hand people say it is no problem to walk...

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

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Q&A What's the UPF of a T-Shirt or jeans?

Many outdoor clothing items advertise themselves with a UPF (Ultraviolet protection factor) of 30 or even 50. How does that compare with a normal cotton T-Shirt or a pair of jeans? Do I have to use...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Peter Hahndorf‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In an emergency situation, is it healthy to eat human flesh?

We all know these scary stories where people had to eat their fellow sufferers after a plane crash or something. I don't know if there is even one of them true. I feel like it might result into mor...

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

Question survival health
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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 Post-hike Care and Pain Relief for Blisters and Hot Spots

There are many, many articles and web sites that will tell you what to do if you develop a hot spot or blister while on the trail, and need to perform some field treatment to allow you to get back ...

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

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Q&A Preventing "heat rash" around ankles and shins?

I'm currently hitchhiking in South East Asia where it's of course always hot. I'm getting a rash around my ankles that I've had in the past but never looked into. (The same rash, but on a differe...

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

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Q&A Knee injuries prevention using knee protectors

Knee is basically one of the main joints that provides you the ability to walk. There are several ways to prevent or ease the knee pain (see Knee pain when descending a mountain), but I would like ...

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

Question hiking health
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Q&A Is it possible to 'live off the sea'

I've recently become aware of the american 'survivalist' or 'prepper' phenomenon. The general idea seems to be that 'something bad' (exactly what seems to vary) is going to happen, civilization w...

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

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Q&A How to find ticks in your hair?

This TGO answer recommends putting possibly tick-infested clothing into a dedicated dryer, where they will be killed by desiccation. The source used in the answer, the Appalachian Mountain Club, s...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

Today I hiked for about 4 hours, and I ended up with sun stroke (terrible headache, trembling etc.). The heat was moderate (about 30°C, 86°F in shade), and the way was half in forest. I had a baseb...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?

Suppose you are out hiking, many hours from the trail head and someone has a severe allergic reaction (ie, anaphylactic shock or Anaphylaxis). In this case, what is the best course of treatment to...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Knee pain when descending a mountain

It's been said by a specialist doctor that any form of mountain descent would affect your knee caps. Do old mountaineers have knee problems? Is it related to the way you descend?

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ALH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why did people rub snow on frozen feet?

If you read old books from cold areas, it's not infrequent to run across the idea of rubbing snow on one's feet when they got frozen or frostbitten. However, subjectively, it seems to me that this...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by anonymous2‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question winter health cold
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Q&A What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?

There are a lot of options for trying to prevent mosquito bites (DEET on skin, permethrin on clothing, mosquito nets while sleeping, etc.), but what about after you get bitten? What is the most eff...

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

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Q&A How much sea water can I safely drink?

Anyone who has played in the ocean knows getting a little sea water in your mouth and swallowing it will not kill you. Seawater contains salt. When humans drink seawater, their cells are thus...

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

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Q&A Easiest way to preserve a fishing catch - with cooking or pickling

I'm looking for the easiest way to cook or preserve fish at the river or lakeside with as minimal preparation or cooking involved so they can be eaten later. Mainly trout, pike or walleye. Ideally ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by CG Smith‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What diseases can be transmitted through skin contact with a dead rabbit?

About a month ago, my youngest son found a dead rabbit in the woods while camping and brought me to the spot to show it. The rabbit looked like it had just died and didn't show any obvious cause of...

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

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Q&A What are the chances to catch rodent-transmitted illnesses while hiking?

Small warning: This question comes from a germophobe point of view, so please keep this in mind while giving an answer. I love hiking, but I'm worried of what kind of germs (read virus, bacteria a...

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

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Q&A How do I treat hot spots and blisters when I have no moleskin?

A few times I've been out walking or backpacking and have no moleskin with me. Sure enough, my boots start giving me blisters. How can I prevent or treat hotspots and blisters without using moles...

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

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Q&A Guidelines to reduce risk of exposure to, or infection from Naegleria fowleri? (brain-eating amoeba)

Deaths from the "brain eating amoeba" Naegleria fowleri are fairly rare but each is highlighted in the press, as headlines containing brain eating beget clicks. While it's not yet understood why t...

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

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Q&A Internal (unseen) damage from a 40ft climbing fall

I am aware that the statistics regarding a 40ft climbing fall, which result in "decking-out" are not favorable. I survived such a fall only recently. Major injuries seem to have only been a broken ...

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

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Q&A Is it possible get a rash from poison ivy but not poison oak?

Both poison ivy and poison oak can cause a red rash on the skin due to an allergic reaction to the chemical urushiol in their oily sap. I've heard people say that they are allergic to either one o...

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

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Q&A How bad do circumstances need to be before activating a PLB?

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) can be carried during outdoor activities to use in case of an emergency. But are there any guidelines on what exactly constitutes an "emergency"? For example, what a...

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

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Q&A What is the impact/risks of high altitude walking on individuals suffering from High Blood Pressure?

Setting aside the benefits of cardiocavascular exercise in general, what are the risks to hikers/climbers with high blood pressure at various altitudes? Is there an upper ceilling/threshold that...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Venture2099‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it okay for a duck/splay footed individual to rock climb?

If an individual walks with a pronounced duck-footed (splayed) gait, and is actively trying to correct this, is there any harm for the individual to begin rock climbing. I feel like a lot of edging...

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

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Q&A What is the most effective means of melting snow with body heat for drinking?

The related question Is it safe to drink snow? tells us that in addtion to then normal considerations for any wild water source, you also need to consider how the snow may tip your metabolism into ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to recover from muscle pain during the midst of a multi-day hiking?

When I go on for a multi-day hiking ( say, 7 or 8 days), my leg muscle will get painful in the middle of the hiking ( say, at the 4th day). Usually the muscle pain will take 5 days to heal, but I s...

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

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Q&A Does acid rain somehow directly harm human beings?

Hiking in the rain often left me with thoughts about acid rain. I wonder if I'm able to recognize it and if yes, how strong the recognizable symptoms are. Are there any direct (forest dieback etc...

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

Question safety health rain
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Q&A Can I use ear plugs while ascending or descending a mountain?

Can I use ear plugs to block out noise or will my ears need to pop because of the altitude? I don’t want to get sick by using the ear plugs.

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Myra Walker‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Gymming v.s Outdoor sports, which is better?

I have been in a dilemma, whether to opt for gymming or to go out to play some sports in my free time. Both seem to be potential components to improve your health. But which one must one prefer ove...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by user377340‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to acclimatize to a cold weather in a short time?

On some of my Himalayan treks I've seen people who wear shorts or wear single layer of clothing and shiver due to the cold weather (most of these people live in a tropical climate). When I've asked...

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

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Q&A Should overweight people ever climb?

I used to be a regular climber, and unfortunately I have put on some serious weight over the last 4 years, and I have not been able to climb as much as would have loved to. While, I am still worki...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should one deliberately eat more and put on weight before going on long treks?

Recently I saw a podcast of Alex Honnold with Rich Roll where Alex speaks about deliberately eating up and gaining weight before going on an Antarctic expedition (I'm assuming this is because of th...

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

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Q&A Hiking and climbing in smoky areas

This Fall, there are a lot of large fires burning in the pacific northwest of the US and the air quality on many trails and mountains is poor as a result. This makes hiking and climbing unpleasant...

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

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Q&A Are Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel truly toxic to burn in a campfire?

For a very long time now, I've believed and taught that burning Rhododendron or Mountain Laurel in a campfire will make you sick because of the toxins in these plants becoming airborne then inhaled...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by manoftheson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where should a band be tied to stop bleeding from wound?

Suppose a leg is wounded (either from a gunshot or a knife) and there is significant bleeding. We see in movies that a fabric is tied around the place of bleeding to decrease/stop bleeding. My q...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Emi Matro‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Raw meat on hikes

When backpacking we often carry raw beef which we have salted and frozen, usually cut into strips that can be easily cooked through. I'm confident that this is good for 24 hours, and I know that m...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question hiking food health
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Q&A Is saltwater antiseptic?

On some occasions you don´t have anything to desinfect wounds, for example during a (short) walk along the beach. If you cut yourself or have a an small wound that needs cleaning, would it be wise ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question first-aid sea health
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Q&A How to minimize sea sickness?

I love sailing, and my wife loves the ocean, but she gets sea-sick often. Any advice on how to avoid sea-sickness in people prone to it? I'm looking for advice in terms of foods that are less of...

7 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Didi Kohen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question sea sailing health
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Q&A Using Camphor (Icy Hot) in the winter for warmth

Some products like 'Icy Hot' contain a substance called 'Camphor' that can make your skin feel warm when applied. It is cold out today (1°F or -17°C). I have been making short trips out to shove...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question winter health
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Q&A A little bit of acclimatisation or no acclimatisation at all?

This summer I'm planning to mount my first 4000 m mountain in Switzerland. So far I only got around 3300 meters while hiking and had no problems. However 4000 meter an above is definitively a diffe...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by RoflcoptrException‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is acute mountain sickness repeatable?

Several month ago me and my climbing partner were climbing a mountain over 7000m. In first few day my climbing partner got AMS. It was high-altitude pulmonary edema (he felt very bad, he had strong...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by user1209304‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I relieve knee muscle contractions?

Often times I find myself with cramps in the muscles on the sides of my knees (or the ligaments, I am not sure which). This happens most often during or after a sustained inclined climb. What shoul...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Mihai Oprea‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?

Another question asked what survival equipment should be carried in an emergency kit. But very little was about medical or first aid supplies (band-aids, gauze, tylenol, moleskin, etc). What items...

6 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are headaches a bad sign at altitude?

Last weekend, we had a nice hike up Price Peak in the Sierras. We went from sea level to above 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in about 6 hours. And I had a ROARING headache. I could hear my heart beat in m...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by theJollySin‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you pre-identify the risk of severe Altitude sickness?

This BBC news article Mount Everest: Altitude sickness claims third death in four days caught my attention. From what I understand the best cure for Altitude sickness is to get lower, fast. This...

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

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