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How much should your backpack weigh?

For a multi-day backpacking trip, what is the ideal weight of a backpack? And what is that max weight that no sane human should go over?
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Is there a difference between Trail and Fell running?

I recently read an article by Ordinance Survey about trail runners for beginners (my interest has sparked due to my recent uptake of running which I do cross country through parks and fields), in ...
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Insoles rolling in when shoes are wet [duplicate]

I have a pair of shoes that are really not water-proof. But they are good for not-so-serious treks and have a superb grip over all sorts of terrain in India. The only trouble I seem to have with ...
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What do mountaineers eat and drink on the day of an Everest summit?

I was watching Everest (2015) on the weekend and was wondering what the mountaineers do for sustenance on the day they attempt to summit. It appeared they left around midnight, aiming for a 2pm ...
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What is the best strategy to survive in water? [duplicate]

Imagine, you are shipwrecked in a warm lake (drinkable water) with 25°C water temperature and without lifeboat or anything, plain naked. You have to wait to be rescued and have to pace yourself. So ...
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Geocache inside of a pole

I'm trying to mount a geocache on a string inside a pole that looks like this: Can you suggest me an idea how to attach the string to the pole without drilling anything to the pole? The dimensions ...
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When are the peak seasons for Appalachian Trail though hikers in western Maine?

I'm trying to figure out how busy the AT will be in early October in western Maine? We're looking to do a 6 day section and I'm trying to determine whether we need to carry a tent, or if we can ...
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Tactical Folder vs traditional knife patterns for EDC

A lot of knife owners who have carried pocket knives for 30+ years talk very fondly of the traditional patterns, like Barlow, stockman, etc. However when it comes to explaining exactly why they carry ...
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Hiking trails in Pennsylvania

My friends and I are looking for a solid hiking trail in Pennsylvania. This will be our second trip, but we are in reasonable shape and had little issue our first time around. We are from Michigan, ...
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What are the pros and cons of a digital altimeter over an analog altimeter for backpacking?

Our analog altimeter, which we had had for over 20 years, was stolen this summer. We are now faced with a choice between digital or analog altimeters. What are pros and cons between the two? (e.g., ...
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nocturnal pack hunting animal that hoots like wind chimes - Massachusetts

I have a question about something that happened on the conservation land just behind my house 3 or 4 years back, not far north of Boston. For a couple of weeks, I occasionally heard some creature in ...
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What nocturnal animal in Massachusetts skitters around and grunts loudly?

I live not far north of Boston, up against some conservation land. Last night I heard something that, from its movements, sounded about the size of a raccoon but didn't move like a raccoon. It was ...
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Is nyloprene less smelly than neoprene?

Because I had a major issue with reeky water shoes, I am considering getting different water shoes. I came across some that are nyloprene instead of neoprene. They are not as warm, but in a lot of ...
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How to humanely kill an injured rabbit?

My girlfriend was walking the dogs this am when she came across what she thought was a road kill rabbit. One of the dogs ran over to the "dead" rabbit and tried to take a bite out of the stomach. The ...
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Why do I often see male robins with female robins?

Observing and understanding the behavior of wild animals is an integral part of enjoying the outdoors. Hence the following question about the behavior of robins. Even when it is not breeding season ...
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Are any natural insect repellents effective against fleas?

Are any natural insect repellents effective against fleas? Although very effective, DEET products are controversial and many people have shied away from their use in favor of natural products with ...
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Are DEET-based insect repellents effective against fleas?

There have been an increase in plague cases in the western United States that have been tied to infected fleas. Dogs and cats have flea repellents available on the market, but I've never seen flea ...
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Do snakes try to get in hammocks?

I use an ENO hammock when I camp and I have always wondering if a snake would want to slither into my hammock while I'm sleeping. Note that this hammock is open, as opposed to a Hennessy hammock, ...
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Rain soaked leather jacket- how to repair?

I have a genuine full grain 1.3 mm cow hide motorcycle jacket that was caught in rain. It wasn't a downpour but I was in the rain long enough for the jacket to be pretty wet, not just the surface. I ...
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How to deal with Serbian scorpions?

I always wanted to visit Balkan region, but I'm affraid of scorpions. As far as I searched there's plenty of those terrifying creatures, but none of species I found was poisonous. So I have two ...
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Safe, effective method for splitting firewood using a hatchet?

While car camping this past weekend, I bought some firewood from the park headquarters but unfortunately, it was split into very large pieces that obviously wouldn't light very well. I tried splitting ...
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Why do I never see robins in the woods?

I know that there might be robins in the woods that I just never see. But why don't I see any robins. I see lots of birds including chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays. There are Hawthorn trees out ...
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How do I achieve/maintain optimal hydration?

I am curious about some techniques/guidelines for achieving and maintaining optimal hydration while performing moderate to high strain outdoor activities, such as long hikes etc. IOW, how do you ...
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What to do when you run out of rope on a sports climb?

The situation is, that you started a high route with fixed protection (bolts) and misjudged its length, so before reaching the belay the middle mark of the rope passes the belayer. What can you do to ...
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Can fish sense a person's heartbeat from vibrations through the line?

Fishing is 95% waiting and 5% action, well at least that's how it is for me. During the down time, I contemplate deeply on some obscure and inane things. For a while I've wondered if an angler is ...
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How do I calculate how much lift an outrigger needs?

I have been thinking of putting a sail on my canoe with will probably require the use of an outrigger. (related: Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?) I was thinking about using a section ...
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Snowboard Boots with the Throwback?

I've just got a new Burton Throwback, and was wondering how you use it. The instinctive choice seems to be to wear snowboard boots with it. However, there are no ski lifts in my test field so to ...
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1answer
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How do you get into a prone position without catching your crampons?

With autumn starting to appear in the UK I find myself thinking about winter technique once again. I've practiced self arrest technique, but always avoided doing it while wearing crampons. Obviously ...
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1answer
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When transporting hot liquids, is it better to use one large flask, or two small flasks?

If I want to transport a litre of a hot liquid, what's the best option? Use a single one litre flask Use two 500 ml flasks. (Preferable due to the distribution of weight across two people). Which ...
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1answer
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Rocks to line a fire pit [duplicate]

Can anyone recommend what type of rock would work to line a fire pit? I am looking for a type that is unlikely to explode when heated.
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How do you tie your shoes one handed?

My arm is currently in a sling with a separated shoulder from a mountain bike accident, so I'm trying to learn how to do everyday tasks one handed. Shoelaces are proving annoyingly difficult. What's a ...
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Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?

I have been considering adding a sail to my open 17 foot Coleman canoe. Browsing images on the internet show pretty much every imaginable configuration but they all share 3 or 4 combinations of ...
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1answer
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How to choose length for backcountry touring skis?

I am 6'2" (185 cm) tall, 200 lbs (~ 90 kg). I am in the market for backcountry touring skis and have my mind set on Madshus Eon. I have demoed similar skis in the past and really liked the wider ski ...
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What's this knot called?

I came up with this variation of the flat overhand knot (also known as the Euro Death Knot) for pulling ropes on a rappel. I've never been comfortable using the Euro Death Knot (EDK), but it's hard to ...
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What is the difference between accessory cord and prusik cord?

Aside from Prusik cord being a different weave, what's the big difference? When would I choose one type of cord over the other? Is there anything I shouldn't I use the different types of cord for? ...
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BMC Discount on Climbing Walls

What does the BMC membership discount encompass? Is it just climbing and mountaineering shops or is it other paid for services? More specifically, would the BMC membership discount apply to the ...
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Creek discovery. Two structures at opposing ends of the bank. What are they?

I found these structures in a fairly inaccessible area of the creek. The oven like construction is made of bricks (which can be found around in the creek bed itself due to runoff) and mud for the seal ...
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Sharp knee pain when going up and down stairs/bending my knee after my first backpacking trip [duplicate]

This past weekend, I went on my first backpacking trip. The last 5 miles were all straight down hill which caused a lot of knee pain. Now, three days later, I still have excruciating, stabbing pain ...
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How to introduce individuals to the concept of Leave No Trace

How do I prioritize teaching about the concept of Leave No Trace to someone who is unfamiliar with it, without coming across as off-putting because there are so many rules?
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Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace

I am a staunch proponent of leave no trace. I don't carry dish detergent (sand and small rocks work much better on stainless steel anyways,) and I don't use soap or shampoo, not even of the ...
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Inexpensive ways to learn cross-country skiing

I am temporarily relocating from a region with mild climate to Montréal. I run almost every day, in summer and winter, as the temperatures rarely go much below freezing point. Now, I guess I will have ...
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What nocturnal animal sound am I hearing in the trees in Maine?

Every year, in late summer, in Maine, at night, I hear a noise coming from the trees. It sounds like a cardinal's chirp (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Cardinal/sounds, fourth sound ...
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How many bike paths parallel the Ohio River?

I have a bike and canoe combination that I have been using to explore rivers in my area that have public access between the river and the bike path. I tow the canoe up the bike path and paddle back ...
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Transporting Large Amounts of Fish

I'll be going on an multi-day deep sea fishing trip where we are expected to catch between 150lb to 400lb of fish each (Yellow Fin, Ably, Dorado). I'll have a 3 day drive back home across the Midwest. ...
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At what point is a rattlesnake mature enough to control its venom?

Young rattlesnakes are more deadly than large rattlesnakes, the reason being because when they are young they are more likely to strike, but more importantly because they can't yet control their ...
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Inexpensive beach locations to learn surfing as a newbie? [closed]

Answer requirements Please avoid posting a list nations found online, such as "go to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Bali..." Name and specify locations of beginner/learning friendly Beaches/Surf ...
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How do I repair the “Fishscale” side of a cross country ski?

I have a 20cm long, 2mm wide, 1mm deep gouge in the Fishscale portion of a cross country ski. How would I repair this scratch? Some have suggested Ptex will just burn into it too aggressively, others ...
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Bolting Canyons, can your bolt be under water?

So I've been thinking about developing some canyons around here for canyoneering, but while scrambling up Red Rocks Canyon in Waterton and looking at all the large logs jammed rather high up in the ...
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Attaching a mosquito net to a tent

Some time ago I bought a Quechua T4.2 Dome tent. Lately, when I was on camping holiday with my cousin I saw quite clever solution on their borrowed Quechua 4.2 Xl Air. In such tent, there's always a ...
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One-sided overhand bend

Why is the one-sided overhand bend also called the European death knot (EDK)? Is it safe for climbing and mountaineering purposes?

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