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First time camping, is coleman a good brand for tent? [closed]

We are camping for the first time, and is a family of 4, the kids are 8 and 5. Is coleman a good brand for tent? Dicks sporting goods have them for less than 150 (6 man tent). We worry about tears/ ...
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What is the minimum caliber of handgun that would stop a grizzly bear? [closed]

I am an animal lover and would only shoot at a bear as an absolute last resort Assume I have done everything possible to avoid contact with a bear, and after encountering one have followed the best ...
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Is it possible to buy gas cartridges on a Sunday in Reykjavik?

I'm visiting Iceland this august, will be arriving in Reykjavik. Since it's not possible to bring gas cartridges with me, I'll need to buy them there. I'll be arriving on a sunday. Is it possible to ...
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Are there any areas in Southeast Asia where it would be safe to wild-camp with a tent in the mountains?

I am not interested in camping on a campsite among lots of other people, I want to pitch-up a tent where there is just me and nature around. Are there any areas in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (...
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How do you determine how long a hike will take?

Is there a general rule of thumb for converting miles to hours when looking at a potential hike? For example, how long does it take an average person walking at an average speed to walk a mile on the ...
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Properly dispose of a rabid animal carcass

If while hunting I come across a rabid animal and I kill it, both to end its suffering and to prevent it from spreading rabies, what should I do with the body? I wouldn't want another animal to eat ...
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How can I tell if a wild animal has rabies?

If I am in the wild and encounter an animal that I think might be rabid, how can I tell if it has rabies? An animal that has been running hard, or any number of other things could cause it to be ...
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When to kill and bleed a fish

I am getting into fishing (I bought an entry-level spinner and plan on going to some nearby rivers/lakes) and have been reading a lot of conflicting information in regards to the sequence of events ...
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Are there wild camping rules in Scotland?

I am planning a 7 day trip in Scotland. I am considering some possible cheap options for accommodation, and I have read wild camping is permitted. Are there any rules that need to be respected? Does ...
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Legal situation to bowhunt in Hungary for foreigners

As a foreigner from the EU, what prerequisites do I have to fulfill to hunt with a bow in Hungary? Edit: I'm asking for general rules like "You need an accepted hunting licence. Most of the EU ...
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Is 8 miles of unpaved gravel road a lot for a old-ish consumer road car to take in normal weather?

When going to Goose Lake, WA is there any worsened chance that the car will not be able to "take" ?
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Insect repellent alternative for mosquitos and ticks? [duplicate]

DEET seems to be the main insect repellent that works for pretty much all of the bug world. I just don't care for it, it feels weird, smells weird, and likes to melt stuff. Most the alternatives ...
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How much rain (realistically) could a packaway rain jacket take?

Thinking about getting a small packaway rain jacket to keep in the car for emergencies like this or this. However, I'm slightly worried at the amount of bad weather they could withstand going by how ...
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Is it feasible to plot my own trekking route from Lima to Cusco?

Per the recommendation of ppl, I'm breaking this question out into separate posts, so here goes: Is it feasible for me to plot my own route through the Andes, as opposed to keeping to established ...
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Highest point of the Planneralm 3D course (Robin Hood land)

I'll travel to the Planneralm next summer to shoot a little 3D. However, we've a person in the group which is a little bit concerned about the height (she has a shortness of breath if she goes too ...
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Downsides of a bullet point for 3D archery

I would like to have bullet points for 3D archery. I just think that they look better than combo/field tips. However, I was suggested that I shouldn't use them for 3D archery. What are the ...
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Is a hand chainsaw legal to carry in the UK

I've picked up a hand chainsaw for the woods as it's cheap and an amazing bit of kit. UK law states the legal carry for a knife is less than 3 inches and must be a non-locking folding blade. Will ...
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Are fixed or mechanical blades better for moose hunting?

Going to Alaska to moose hunt with a compound bow set for 65 pounds. Would it be better to use fixed blade or mechanical broadheads?
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Looking for trails that are open in Iceland in mid-March for a multi-day hike?

Looking for trails that are open in mid-March for a multi-day hike. I believe Laugavegur is closed, and I haven't found much in the way of marked trails.
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What to be aware of if lightning strikes close to me?

Many questions (and answers) about lightning seem to focus on avoiding being hit directly by lightning but don't consider being close to where it hits the ground. Granted, it may be intentional (ie: ...
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How do you stabilize a sextant for use on a boat in rough water?

Using a sextant to get accurate angle measurements is tough on moving vessel. It's even harder when the waters are rough. Is there a technique that is most useful in stabilizing the device and/or ...
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Which bends are binding knots?

I read http://www.animatedknots.com/sheetbend/#weavers The Sheet Bend would replace the Square (Reef) knot except that it is not a binding knot – both ends must be loose in your hands with no load ...
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How can I stop my scuba mask from pulling away from my face after equalizing?

I'm having what seems to be an unusual problem. After equalizing, it seems like my mask is filling with air and starts to pull away from my face and fill with water. I can press it back on my face and ...
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How to fix a leak in a fibreglass kayak?

I have got an old kayak from a friend of mine who no longer needs it. As he told me, there are 3 leaks in that Kayak, one of them is very visible being a coin-sized hole (:D). The others are pretty ...
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What purpose does a mesh liner serve in outdoors clothing?

(I am not sure if this question fits here, but it does concern outdoors clothing.) Some outdoors clothing have an inner mesh lining of polyester (or similar) fabric. What purpose does such a lining ...
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Tahoma Creek suspension bridge history

One of my more memorable hiking experiences came on the Wonderland Trail in the summer of 1994.The trail is about 93 miles (150 kilometers) long. It's in the Mount Rainier State Park which is located ...
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Canoeing in a thunderstorm

What are your chances of getting struck by lightning in a canoe? I've done a lot of canoeing on stormy lakes before, but when the thunder comes what is the real risk of getting struck by lighting? ...
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Where can I find good topographical maps of Peru?

Disclaimer: I'm not even sure if this is an appropriate question for this forum, but I lack the requisite reputation to ask for a judgement call on meta. I'm in the very early stages of planning a ...
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Good place for a beginner to go backcountry camping in oregon and california?

I am a beginner hiker who is looking to spend a few days alone in the woods while not putting myself at risk before i am familiar yet. Criteria: easily accessible by a normal car sufficiently remote ...
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Do polarized sunglasses protect against snow blindness?

Will regular polarized sunglasses protect me against snow blindness? And if not what type of glasses/goggles will protect me?
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Do leeches have a preference?

So I did a hike in a forest infested with leeches. I ended up with quite a few leech bites (around 20). But, at the same time, another hiker got just one bite! We both were wearing similar shoes, ...
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Best hunting scope for .308

So I've Google this allot over the last couple of days, but it feels like most of the answers are aimed at target shooting. I live in South Africa, and we do allot of hunting in the bushveld as well ...
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What to wear to walk to showers: clothes or towel?

This will be my first tent camping trip in my life. And I don't know what to wear to the showers. I usually sleep naked in the summer so my preference is for just wrapping a towel around my waist and ...
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Quality of duck vs goose down

While searching for a sleeping bag I was told that goose down is clearly superior to duck down in terms of quality. I guess that means e.g. the fill power (measured in cuin). What exactly are the ...
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Carrying hardboiled eggs when hiking

I am planning to hardboil some eggs and immediately, while hot, wrap them in cling-film before stowing in my pack. How long will they last before going off? (I am in NZ so eggs are not washed like in ...
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How does weather affect an altimeter watch?

I really love wearing an altimeter watch while in the mountains. I know that it's affected by weather, but unfortunately I don't actually know how it is affected. This usually causes me to ignore the ...
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Practical uses for urine

When on extended outdoor excursions are there any scenarios where you can leverage urine as an efficient tool? An example would be: You're in your sleeping bag in a tent and it's -30*C outside, you ...
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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 moleskin?...
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Tree bark as food

I saw a youtube video where this guy skinned a spruce tree stick and ate the bark while claiming it is nutritious. That got me curious since trees are everywhere and this could be a great tip so I ...
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Lapland UKK hike in late-May

My dad and I are planning to hike the Lapland UKK from Aittajarvi to Kiilopää in late-May (22-30).We are planning to drive from Helsinki to Saariselkä, about 12 hours drive. Is it possible to drive ...
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Inadvertent signalling with a space tarp

If I use a space tarp (basically a heavy duty reusable space blanket) as a sun shade or as a ground tarp with the shiny side facing up, do I need to worry that someone might see it and think that I am ...
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What ropes could I use to suspend a hammock?

I use paracord for a lot of stuff but looking for something stronger, for holding up a hammock. I'm thinking it would need to be 1000lb strength or stronger. Would type IV paracord (850lb strength ) ...
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Efficacy of snorkel mask defogging agent on safety glasses

Will the de-fogging agent for snorkeling/scuba goggles prevent or mitigate steaming up of safety glasses worn outside on a hot, humid day?
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Are static dyneema/spectra ropes suited for use on glaciers?

While Dyneema is in use for cordelettes for quite some time manufacturers started bringing long ropes made of dyneema on the market. The benefits are obvious: Less weight, less volume and no water ...
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What is the correct way to attach a rope to a harness with carabiners? [duplicate]

So you know how when you're belaying you clip in to the belaying loop, and when your climbing you tie in to the two loops the belay loop is stiched through... When you're climbing, what part would you ...
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How much kayaking experience is needed for a trip on the Alabama Scenic River Trail?

My family, including my 7 yo, are thinking about taking a week trip down the Alabama Scenic River Trail next year. What type of kayaking experience is needed for a trip like this? How can we benchmark ...
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How do hikers cross fast-flowing rivers without wading staffs?

Outdoor instructions in Lapland often recommend to always use a wading staff for river crossings, and not a trekking pole. Ever since I purchased my Folding Wading Staff in a Swedish outdoor store, I ...
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Can I expect a mountain stream to have less water in the morning, even when it is not primarily fed by meltwater?

In late September 2015, I hiked part of the trail in the incredibly beautiful Lónsöræfi in southwestern Iceland, near Vatnajökull. The easternmost segment of the trail requires fording Hnappadalsá (...
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How to detect a crevasse on a glacier

When you're walking in a roped party over a glacier, how can the leader detect crevasses? Sometimes it's possible to walk existing tracks, but even then it's possible to have a crevasse fall. What ...
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Is it possible to identify the sex of a caribou without a pair binoculars or a spotting scope?

Both male and female caribou have antlers. Last year we saw a large herd cross the road we were traveling on, but had no way of telling which ones were male and which ones were females. Unfortunately, ...

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