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How can I tie flashlight to car's passenger side mirror?

Husband and I never experienced polar night, and we'll travel north Norway like Svalbard this winter. We love off-roading, but from our experience, most cars' high-beam headlights are too dim! We may ...
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How is an attempt defined in sport climbing?

I started to track my finished routes and I cannot find anywhere a definiton of an attempt. Of course if I try to send the route, give up in falf, go down, have a snack and then go again and finish it ...
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Will a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) work overseas?

I'm starting to do some solo hiking here in Italy, and I'm going to buy a PLB soon. I was wondering if I went to Germany or Australia for example, if I activate the beacon will the beacon still get me ...
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Fishing reel line capacity

With modern high strength, small diameter lines, spinning and bait casting reels can hold a tremendous amount of line. I usually spool up about half capacity with an inexpensive monofilament then fill ...
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How can I determine which flashlights have the maximum regulated output for the longest duration?

Googling brightest flashlight 2019 doesn't help, as third-party websites and manufacturers' websites don't exhibit the maximum regulated output for the longest duration. This website does for some ...
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Why'd a flashlight be designed to shine 100K lumens for merely 1 min, before dimming to 25K for an hour?

I was dazzled when I first saw that the Imalent MS18 was marketed at 100K lumens, before I read the chart below: Keep in mind that even the MS18 can only produce a turbo burst at 100,000 lumens for ...
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What do I call this hat(?) with sun protection on the sides?

It looks like a typical hat but also has fabric hanging down around the sides/back of your head for sun protection. I saw one on the trail that was labeled North Face but I can't find anything like ...
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How can a roped team or 2 or 3 safely traverse a narrow, exposed snow ridge?

Assume you go on a mountain with a very exposed ridge, e.g., Piz Palü, Bernina Bianco ridge, in a team of 2-3 people. What is the best/safest way to do that? How can you belay each other? Is it ...
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How to wind-proof an existing tent

I have this tent: Fjord Nansen Tromvik II. It's very well built and thought-out, lightweight (around 2kg / 4.5 lbs) and is a pleasure to sleep in during summer / early autumn. However, since it's so ...
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Garmin inReach vs. overcast sky

Garmin says about inReach that to have a two-way satellite communication "you need to have a clear view of the sky". And what about cloud cover?.. Say it's winter and 100% overcast with angry ...
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Is it worth it to switch from Osprey Atmos to Exos to save weight? [on hold]

My wife and I started hiking this season (we have been cycling for 10 years before that). We have pretty light and compact gear, except for the backpack. We carried Osprey Atmos 50 and Osprey Talon 22 ...
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Sea fishing rod all rounder

I'm looking at getting into sea fishing, I used to do coarse fishing. I'd like an all rounder rod to try pier fishing and maybe some beach casting or fishing from a sea wall. What should I look for ...
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When do insects normally hatch from insect houses?

I have a bug house and it looks as if several insects have laid in the house over the spring/summer. All of the bamboo seems to be clogged up and has been for a couple of months. Are there still ...
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Could I have problems / obstacles with obtaining petrol / gasoline for a stove

I've been thinking for some time to buy a multifuel stove for use in cold and high-altitude camping as compressed gas might be unreliable, and, most importantly, difficult to obtain in remote location....
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Most practical knots for hitching a line to an object while keeping the bitter end as tight as possible, without sag?

Say, I want to tie a rope between two trees, and I want it to have as little sag as possible. I have attached the rope to one tree and I'm trying to tie it to the other tree while pulling it to create ...
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Sleeping solo in a double sleeping bag

I'm buying a double sleeping bag for travels with my girlfriend. Parameters (of the bag, not the girlfriend): 1500g of goose down, 680 in³/oz (393 cm³/g), 90/10% down/feather, rated to -9...-15°C T-...
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How can I pack my food so it doesn't smell?

TL;DR: How can I pack my food so that it isn't an odor nuisance in my backpack, in a lightweight manner if animals are no issue. In a month I will be going on a 14-day trekking trip, completely self-...
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Is the wood of edible sumac poisonous?

I forage for food as a hobby, and noticed that the attaching parts of sumac stays with the berries sometimes, so it got me to wondering if the wood of edible sumac is poisonous for human consumption. ...
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On the GPSMAP 66s, can I improve or disable the barometric altimeter?

On the Garmin GPSMAP 66s, is there a combination of settings that will improve the accuracy of the barometric altimeter? Alternately, can I disable it in favour of GPS-measured altitude? I've found ...
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What happened to my sunglasses?

I have a pair of Ray-Ban polarized sunglasses (so not some cheap drugstore sunglasses, and they are made in Italy not China) that I got two years ago. I just got back from a vacation, and I noticed ...
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Why don't climbing professional use all their fingers on small holds?

Why do climbing professional use less than 5 fingers on some holds? From https://www.lagrimpe.com/abc/le-mono-ou-bi-doigt/ I mean, why don't they put the other fingers, even if they don't quite fit, ...
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Is there a utility / method to organize trad gear so that each piece is immediately accessible?

When preparing for a trad climb, I usually divide my rack into separate groups where each group is connected to a single carabiner. So for example all the small nuts go into carabiner 1, middle range ...
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Where to buy running shoe sole replacements?

I've got a comfy pair of runners that I primarily use for walking. I've put them through the wash a few times and they come out spotless. The only ware is on sole, which appears to be 1/2 cm thick ...
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Knot to tie handle of a bag

If you have full stuffed bag full of laundry with two handles, how would you tie the handles?
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Extremely large black flying insect in Phoenix AZ [closed]

This insect looks like a very large, fat bee. Its body is huge, seems surprising that it can fly. What is it?
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What species of spider lays their eggs in the flesh of the person they bite?

I recently was bitten several times by a spider or spiders during an outing in southern Virginia, USA. The bites looked really nasty for a couple of days, but are now subsiding and have stopped ...
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Fact or Fiction: “If you want to keep your feet warm, wear a hat.” (and the various explanations for it)

Inspired by several questions and answers here and also one at Biology SE, I have been looking around to try to find out whether this idea I heard constantly as a youth has any merit, or it just folk-...
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Effective black fly repellent

I am looking for solutions on how to effectively repel black flies while hiking or picnicking. In my experience, repellents that are effective against mosquitoes do not work at all with these ankle-...
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Cycle of actions and voice signals on a multipitch climb

When climbing multipitch, what is the cycle of things you do when climbing each pitch, and what are the associated voice signals?
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First Time Skiing - Only my feet were freezing

Went on a snow trip this weekend at Fall Creeks(VIC), it was my first time in snow and first time skiing (cross-country) , the only problem I had was my feet started getting cold occasionally and felt ...
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Transition to “Starvation Mode” in Survival Situations

The textbook "Fundamentals of Search and Rescue" in Chapter 6 describes the priorities of needs in survival situations. The priorities listed are Air Shelter Rest Signals/Communication Water Food ...
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How to protect yourself from horses?

Me and a group of about twenty of my friends were passing through the ranch of my neighbor. There is a large prairie with his horses. Suddenly, a group of about 10 horses charged us. All of a sudden ...
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Differences between Fjällräven's men and women backpacks [duplicate]

I'm looking for a Keb 52 backpack but can only find the women's model where I am (and I'm a 190cm-tall man). Here are the specs for the men's and women's models on Fjällräven's website: Men model: ...
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What weather conditions would lead to lightning strikes before sunrise?

Twice now I have been summitting peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park while getting really early starts to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms. However in both cases I could still see lighting in the ...
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Choosing a backpack size between small and medium, which is preferable?

After reviewing many backpacks, both online and in person, Iv'e decided that I want the Osprey exos 48. Unfortunately, the only Osprey dealer in my area carries only the exos 58, and they had it only ...
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Are Italian mountain huts accessible when unstaffed? Do I need a key?

I am considering a late October trek through the boundary area between Ticino (Switzerland) and Verbano Cusio Ossola (Italy), including the Valle Cravariola. This takes be along several bivouacs and ...
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What type of Sunfish is this?

I have been fishing in a small lake in Southern Indiana. We’ve caught many Bluegill in the same place and caught this small, I’m assuming young Sunfish today. Is this just a Bluegill that happens to ...
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Keeping your butt dry in a kayak

I have started looking at sit on top kayaks. Several have looked promising. Though I just realized, in most of them the lowest point in the boat is where your butt goes. I normally travel in a canoe ...
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Is it safe to carry propane gas cylinder in minivan?

Is it safe to carry the 20 lbs propane gas cylinder in the minivan? I have carried the small Coleman's gas cylinder for camping in car trunk but now with family, I am not sure if what's the right way ...
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How on the web or on this exchange can one find homemade / modified / custom wilderness technology? [migrated]

I am Looking for websites, exchanges etc where people who have created or substantially modified outdoor technology for their own purposes share it in enough detail to allow others to comment on its ...
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Minimum amount for Survival water [duplicate]

I am making up emergency kits. What is the min I can survive on if the only source of water is what I am carrying?
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Does two puncture wounds mean venomous snake?

The general internet knowledge says. If there is two puncture wounds it means you got bitten by the fangs of a venomous snake.
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How to progress to harder graded problems? [duplicate]

I've only just started bouldering, and we have been using the easiest to grades VB-V1. I find V1 are moderately challenging but the next step up, V2, I just entirely struggle with. What can I do to ...
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Does bottle color affect mold growth?

I'm currently looking at using colored see-through water bottles. Mold is green because it reflects green light, so I have a theory that a green bottle would grow the least amount of mold because it ...
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How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight?

One of my flashlights that has a black anodized aluminum housing has a couple of scratches on it, all of the way through the anodized coating. How can I cover up the scratches so that its completely ...
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Why does a manufacturer recommend normal detergent instead of wool detergent?

I have purchased some outdoor clothing made of 83% merino wool. The manufacturer states in their care instructions to "use regular detergents, not wool detergents". What is the reason for them ...
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Is a soft board or a hard board better for a beginner surfer?

I'm starting to get my first surfboard lessons and wanted to get my own. Should I start off with a soft board or a hardboard?
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What percentage of campground outlets are GFCI or RCD protected?

A recent answer said: Any mains electric (100-240V) going to a tent needs to be GFCI-protected (Europe: RCD) since you will be mixing electricity and water in close quarters. Source I know I have ...
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Birds singing and dancing on telephone wire

Location: UK East Midlands, suburban garden. Bird: possible marsh tits, something in that size range with a black cap. Time: late July. Two similar-looking birds were observed making high-pitched, ...
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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 in ...

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