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I've been battling the little buggers for half a century. Here's what I've learned. Take them seriously! Most of the time they're only a minor irritant, but at their worst they're very nasty. I've twice had to help people in toxic shock from midge attack. Make sure you're prepared. Know your enemy They don't like sunlight, so are are more active at dawn ...


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You can buy candles that contain citronella. I was pretty sceptical about their effectiveness, but last weekend, we lit two outside the tent and we were able to sit outside relatively unmolested. Best advice - camp somewhere exposed - midgies can't cope with much more than a gentle breeze. And for the love of God, take a midge net - they're hot and ...


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Most of your question is covered in When is the midge season in Scotland?. But I'll answer the non-duplicate question: Is there anything else a part from midge spray I can use to keep them away? Yes quite a few alternatives, these are covered pretty well in this question. To name a few: Lemon Eucalyptus oil Avon Skin So Soft (I kid you not!) ...


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Is it safe to drink water from streams in Dartmoor using simple purification methods? Basically it depends on the water source. Follow some general rules and you should be fine though. boil for four minutes to kill off any nasties. bear in mind this won't remove all polutants, something like mercury will not be affected by boiling. A nano filter (...


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This sounds like a great idea. Wild camping is permited under the Land Reform Act. Outdooraccess-scotland have put together a useful summary of how it relates to your access rights. Key points from which are; Does it mean I can camp anywhere? The main places where access rights do not apply are: houses and gardens, and non-residential ...


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Basically it's an open access law, meaning you can camp in any **"unenclosed space"*. So you can't camp in fields, private land, etc. As mentioned you should follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for camping: Access rights extend to wild camping. This type of camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one ...


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I'll answer the slightly broader question "How should I plan my first backpacking trip in Oregon or California?" (with emphasis on California, since that is the area I know best) Since you are mentioning fishing and hunting, I am going to lead with permits. Make sure that fishing and hunting is permitted in the areas you are considering. Hunting is not ...


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You can in a pinch, but not what it is made for. Won't last very long at all and will make a ton of noise. Get a piece of Tyvek and cut it to size. Cheap, light and durable. Can't beat it.


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Yes, you can use an emergency blanket as a substitute for most of a tarp's uses, but as you suspect it's not going to be as durable. The Mylar that they're made of is surprisingly tough and I doubt that it would rip or tear, but I would expect it to develop plenty of very small punctures and begin to lose its aluminum coating (possibly making a glittery ...


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A few points on your kit: you can get rid of the folding chair. what is the use of the brewberry flask? the underblanket seems overkill compared to the sleeping bag. your towel is huge your backpack is both heavy and very small, especially if you have to carry food for several days. There is no stove in your kit, I suppose you forgot to add it? Your tree ...



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