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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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Travel trailer with pets during a tornado

I just moved into a travel trailer with my pets (two cats and a bunny). I have a built-in garage and there is no place to run to if there is a tornado. I was wanting to know if it would be safe to go ...
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What are some long alpine treks that deserve to be better known? [on hold]

I'm developing a bucket-list of long alpine treks to tackle solo when I retire. I'm interested in quiet, little known routes of a month or more, away from the usual suspects such as the PCT, the Via ...
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Are the canisters for isoButane (empty weight) heavier than other Butane mixes?

I'm planning to use a butane "canister stove". The only canisters I can find locally are Butane/Propane mixes. My understanding is that Propane canisters are extra heavy b/c Propane is under higher ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

I'm contemplating using a hammock for my next trip, usually I'd keep my backpack and boots with me inside when I sleep to keep them dry. Is there room in a hammock for a backpack and boots? Or is it ...
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How long will worms last in the refrigerator?

So, my two kids are old enough to go fishing and have fun, but they get bored after an hour or so. I purchased some worms from a local shop, and at our rate of fishing, it's going to take a while to ...
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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 is ...
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Why does a leader have to be tapered in fly fishing?

I wonder why fly fishing leaders have to be tapered? Is the most important reason to preserve flight dynamics when casting? Would a simple untapered leader not present a dry fly, for example, in the ...
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What does lumen and lux for flashlights/torches actually mean?

Most torches have their brightness specified in lumen, sometimes one also sees a lux number, at times both. While the technical meaning of these units are clear (lumen is luminous intensity per ...
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What should I look for in a head torch? [duplicate]

After my first wild camping experience, I found that my hand torch was really inefficient in the evening compared to other people's head torches - what are the features that make a good head torch?
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Do essential oils damage climbing ropes? [duplicate]

I have an all natural bug spray that uses distilled water and a combination of four essential oils, and NOT containing DEET. If I spray it on my body and clothing before climbing will these essential ...
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Is it safe to fire 38 caliber rounds in a 357 magnum pistol?

I have a .357 revolver. The rounds have a significant amount of kick. When I go out target shooting the kick makes it unpleasant to shoot before I have gone through a full box of ammunition. ...
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Best saltwater fishing rigs

I am unfamiliar with saltwater shore fishing rigs I have seen some premade, but I am looking to make my own. Generally the most common ones I have seen online seem to have a large weight on the ...
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Arbor Day Tree Identification issue for eagle scout project! [on hold]

I'm currently trying to identify trees for my eagle scout project for an arbor day event at an elementary school. But I am unable to tell the difference between some trees because they all look so ...
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What are the laws for backcountry camping?

I'm planning on taking a trip across the US and was planning on doing some backcountry camping. I wanted to educate myself on where it is legal to go off trail trekking and camping. I am unsure about ...
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Any luck mixing gear sheds/porches/garages with different brands of tents?

We have an REI half dome 2 plus tent, but during our last trip it rained quite a bit. While this tent has two vestibules, they are low and were mostly filled with gear, so that when we unzipped to get ...
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Is the reappearance of large crow populations 15 years after the West Nile dieback a widespread occurence?

We used to have lots of crows in our area -- Northern Virginia, outside DC. Then West Nile virus struck roughly 15 years ago, and crows disappeared from our area. According to the Centers for ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

This is one of those things, that seems like it has just always been in my knowledge. A recent comment about rifles on a question about shotguns got me thinking, it really is not all that simple. ...
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What sort of accuracy should I expect at 100 yards from slugs fired from a smoothbore shotgun? [on hold]

A lot of deer hunters put a rifled barrels on their shotgun and shoot sabot slugs. I know that without rifling a sabot slug has no stability. But there are two common types of slugs designed for ...
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What material are the shells I just purchased made of?

I purchased a box of shotgun shells in the United States. On the box it says they are for pheasant. But it does not say if the shot is lead, steel or some other nontoxic material. We know from the ...
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Paper bin waste suitable to stop an arrow?

I currently work on a diy-target. I wan to fill a big cardboard box with stuff, that stops an arrow. However, I'm not able to get my hands on foil rests or textile waste. I just have a full paper bin ...
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Bald eagle vs. vultures?

I witnessed a bizarre scene on the James River in Richmond, VA, USA (1000 yards west of Mayo Bridge if you want to examine Google Maps). It was on a large rock in the middle of the river, where nearly ...
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Did I see an Osprey?

My friends think that I'm mad, but I'm pretty sure I saw an Osprey the other day. Could anyone confirm that what I observed is an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) or, at least, Osprey-ish? I saw the bird ...
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What can I provide to help a robin build her nest?

We went away for five days and came home to find a robin building a nest in the crook of the downspout of our gutter. I live in Massachusetts, in Northeast United States, so she's probably an American ...
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Is it too soon to go family hiking with an infant? Packing tips?

It is almost summer here and me and my wife would like to get back to hiking after recently having a kid in September. He is almost 9 months old now and we would like to take him with us. I have a ...
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How do the skills required for mounted archery (archery from horseback) differ from those required for other forms of archery?

Odd Deer's latest archery question brought to mind a historical novel I read some time ago which featured a mounted archery contest. (The novel was otherwise forgettable.) Wikipedia, mounted archery ...
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What is “Dry Camping”?

I heard the phrase "Dry Camping" while watching an American RV show. What does it mean? Are there similar but different terms for the same thing in other parts of the world?
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Maximum slope angle for boots? [closed]

Obviously, there is no limit when you talk about climbing or using alpine equipment, but what about maintaining a constant speed while walking, without crampons, and staying on feet, no scrambling? ...
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Difference when using twin or half ropes

There are three types of ropes according to the UIAA/EN norm for climbing ropes: Single, half and twin. While the distinction between single ropes and the other two is rather obvious (one strand ...
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ultralight backpacking in snow and preparing for wet gear

So I was backpacking up in Sequoia national park this past weekend and there is still a lot of snow. I following some ultralight gear lists, which were good, but I ran into problems with gear getting ...
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Dispersed camping allowing gathered wood fires within 5 hours of San Francisco?

This is somewhat related to this previous question, however we are specifically looking for an area that allows gathered-wood fires. Yosemite is a first choice, but other than there, where within a ...
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How do you know how much isobutane is in a full canister (i.e., how much if fuel wht and not cannister)? [duplicate]

If a isobutane canister says 4 oz, does that mean it has 4oz of fuel or is that fuel+canister weight? And I assume that is 4oz of wheight, not volume, right?
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Can windowless tents be adjusted for adequate ventilation?

I have an older tent, and it has some zip-down windows that can be completely closed, or opened for ventilation, with a rainfly that covers more or less just the top of the tent and leaves the windows ...
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Swimming while in the high seas

When sailing, can the passengers of the yacht go swimming while in the open seas? That is, when some miles away from the coast-line.
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What equipment is needed for glacier hiking?

What is the exact equipment I need for walking safely on glaciers? The route I will be taking is the Hvannadalshnukur ascend from the ring road and same path descend. From what I could find out the ...
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Should orienting arrow and meridian lines be parallel on a compass?

I recently bought my first compass, a SUUNTO Spiegel- und Peilkompass MC-2/360/D CM/IN NH, black. I observed that the red orienting arrow and meridian lines are not parallel. They are forming an angle ...
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Good and easy way to create a paper tuning jig

I need to do paper tuning in a few days. Is there any recommendation on how to quickly setup a paper tuning jig? I'm in a shooting range, so I basically need the jig (frame holding the paper) only.
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How to clean a potentially clogged coleman multifuel stove?

I've got a coleman Peak 2 stove. I tried pure gasoline (which is supports) and a lot of gas spilled out onto the stove and burned black, leaving soot all over it. Now the stove won't light. I'm ...
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How many gallons of water can you boil with one isobutane cannister?

I'm trying to figure out how many cannisters of isobutane to bring on a 5 day family backpacking trip. I figure we'll boil about 1.5 gallons of water per day (use this as a unit of measurement: ...
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What's the purpose of the sling on the heel of boots?

Nearly every outdoor shoe has this sling on its heel. No matter whether it's a hiking-boot, snowboard-boot or something else. In the left-hand side of this picture for example: What's the purpose ...
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Drawing a crossbow with or without drawing apparatus

A crossbow I purchased (a Stryker 380) came with a drawing apparatus made of cord and a couple plastic parts. I haven't been using it since drawing with fingers works just fine. But now I'm wondering ...
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Is there a portable fluoride water filter?

Is there a portable water filter product (for backpacking), like the following two... MSR AutoFlow Gravity Filter by MSR, which seems to filter relatively large volumes of water (~4 Liters) quickly ...
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Gunfire in US national parks

What are the consequences of firing a gun in a US national park due to distress? (for instance, shooting at an attacking animal, or firing in the air to attract attention when stranded) There is a ...
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Which size back pack if between sizes

I am looking to get a new Day/Weekend Pack. I have been looking at few in the 32-35L range but I a noticed that at least with Osprey packs I am right in between their S/M and their M/L. I have a 19in ...
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Carrying soda instead of water due to nutritional energy?

Let's say we have a liter of coke and liter of water. Both of them weight nearly the same. However, the coke contains a lot of calories whereas the water contains none. Despite other health-related ...
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Is it offensive to “just hike” on a pilgrim's path?

I am considering taking a pilgrim's path - Olaf's Trail - in Norway (about 3 weeks). However, I don't want to do it for any religious reasons. I just saw this trail in pictures and thought: "What a ...
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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 ...
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What's the best way to store/carry olive oil for hiking?

Bottles of olive oil often have special caps that help prevent drips/etc. when pouring the oil, but an entire bottle of olive oil is far to heavy to carry for a hike. What's the best method for ...
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What is this miniature backpack called?

When I was in Japan I bought this miniature backpack, about the size of a wallet. The sporting good store was in Ochanomizu (御茶ノ水). It lasted me about 5 years. Now I am back in the United States ...
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How do locals (short of drilling) determine that lake ice is safe for skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing?

This question is not a duplicate of either (1) Ice skating on a frozen lake -- how thick should the ice be?, which only asks how thick the ice should be; or (2) How to determine the thickness of ...

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