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Hiking is any outdoor walking activity - along trails or across unmarked wild country.

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Approach shoes for Mt. Rainier

I've seen many suggestions/recommendations for so-called "approach shoes" needed for climbing presumably just to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier. I'm going to be joining an RMI-lead expedition for ...
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What material for long sleeve hiking shirt in hot summer days?

I prefer long sleeve t-shirts, since my skin and too much sun is not good. I wonder what are your experiences using merino wool (or any other material) in hot summer hiking days? I guess 18 - 30 ...
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Is it possible to sleep at an altitude more than 500m above last night?

On a high altitude climb or hike, there is famous safety rule for acclimatization "you should never sleep at an altitude more than 500m above the last night" One of my hike require to me ...
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Why avoid the classic peaks of the balkans trail?

From https://bnadventure.com/self-guided-tour-in-the-peaks-of-the-balkans/: The trail avoids the classic peaks of the Balkans trail as the situation in the mountains has changed since the trail was ...
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Portable antenna for better phone reception when hiking remote areas?

This year I want to hike some more remote areas. There is an issue of safety. The areas will be 10 - 50 km away from civilization, lots of bears(0,5 bear/km2),.. The cell phone towers will be up till ...
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Some dilemmas concerning use of UV water treatment vs water filter

The trekking season is starting, need some help with few dillemas with more experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Last year I got seriously ill for 2-7 days after drinking water from mountain ...
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Why be passive while attacked by a brown bear?

Recently I walked through Dolomites in Italy, and there was a warning sign that this is bear-encounter area. There were tips on what to do in general. But one of tips was "if bear approaches you ...
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What type of fires/stove can I use in Germany?

I am from Iran and in here, we are allowed to put up a tent and make fire almost everywhere, and it's up to us ourselves to take care of the jungle and leave nothing behind. I just recently moved to ...
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Can you use pre-owned climbing rope for hiking and/or emergency uses?

If I was to buy pre-owned climbing rope could I use it for hiking and/or keeping in my car for emergency uses? I couple of speculations I had in mind were: Pulling someone out of a swamp on moorland ...
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Would waterproof gaiters (over waterproof trousers and boots) prevent water from seeping through my clothes if submerged?

As stupid as this sounds, if I was to wear Gore-Tex trousers and boots and then place Gore-Tex gaiters over the boots/trousers bridging them together, could I wade into water up to my waist? What ...
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What are the different types of camping for a beginner?

I am looking into the camping hobby no found few different styles, specifically the shelter used in the outdoor. So far I have learned that camping with a wood stove means it is hot tent camping, and ...
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What jacket should I choose for winter trekking?

I can't stay in house much more this winter I need to go on longer hikes. I am used to longer hikes up to 14 days, but not during the winter. I want to do 1-5 day hikes in winter in dry weather, ...
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My Rab jacket is no longer water proof/resistant after wash

The first use of the jacket kept my completely dry in the rain. The water would bead and could be shaken off very easily. This walk lasted 4hrs and it rained for about 3hrs. At the end I took off my ...
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What exactly is so wrong with playing music on trails?

It seems, from browsing around on the internet, that playing music while hiking is heavily frowned upon. Just googling "playing music on trails" leads to a slew of articles deriding the ...
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How to protect GoreTex from bag strap abrasion?

I recently bought an expensive GoreTex jacket and I want to be proactive in maximizing the life I get out of it. One thing I have noticed on previous jackets is that the shoulder areas can degrade ...
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What's a good base for hiking in the Italian Alps/Dolomites?

I want to hike in the Italian Alps or Dolomites at the end of October. I'm looking for a nice village or town where I can stay for a few days. I'm not too adventurous so hikes that are a few hours ...
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Is there fall foliage in Catskills first weekend in October?

I am trying to find hiking in upstate NY that will have fall foliage this weekend (Oct 1-3). Will the Catskills have good fall foliage this time of year or is there a better place to go to in the area?...
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Cookware: Why not Copper instead of Titanium, Aluminium or Stainless Steel?

Currently there are three major materials for hiking/lightweight cookware ruling the market: Aluminium Titanium Stainless Steel Each of those materials has several advantages and disadvantages: ...
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Is it worth to use LEP flashlights as a tactical or EDC?

LEP (laser excited phosphor) is the new technology of flashlights to use, with extra brightness. I get some cons to use LEP, like its effect on eyes if the light beam is applied directly to them. I ...
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When does a snowfield become a glacier?

Based on my understanding, glaciers are formed when massive packs of snow gets compressed under their own weight; essentially snowfields are the early stage of glacial formation. When crossing ...
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Is this a valid method from taking a bearing from a map?

I want to check my understanding here. The goal is to determine your direction of travel by taking a bearing from a map using a compass, given that you know where on the map you are and where you want ...
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Density, weight, and compressibility of synthetic sleeping bags

I am very curious. I have frequently used a very small summer-rated sleeping bag, but have now bought a somewhat warmer bag, which is less compressible and takes more volume. It will be tested soon. ...
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How hot does it have to get for hiking to become unsafe? [closed]

In June, Seattle had a major heatwave with temperatures reaching 41C with 30-40% humidity. It was a bit cooler in the mountains but still quite unpleasant during the day. This made me wonder - at ...
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What are the first signs that you are headed for heat exhaustion, and what should you do?

Extreme heat by historical standards is in the news, and most likely in our future. So this question is how to know when you are headed for being seriously affected by the heat, and what to do about ...
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Correct technique to traverse exposed sandy rock slope

I have hiked quite a lot, and today I challenged myself to an easy 'alpine route'. At one point I came across this exposed slope (Is this considered a scree slope?) Considering that at the base of a ...
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What are the effects of biking on hiking trails?

I am a mountain biker and a hiker, and I love both activities very much. Recently, while biking on a shared single-track trail, I came upon a group of hikers. One hiker began a discussion about how we'...
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Are new hiking trails and mountain roads still being developed?

I live in Seattle and all the hiking trails and scenic roads that I know of are all decades old. I haven’t heard of any new investments into making the nature more accessible but perhaps I’m just not ...
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Trumpeting while backpacking?

I am a professional trumpet player getting ready for my first backpacking trip. I'm equipped with a plastic trumpet that I'll clip on my pack. Now I'm starting to wonder about the best way to keep my ...
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Need advice on custom track in Sarek National Park

I'm planning a hiking trip in Sarek this September, which would be my first time in Sarek. The remoteness and solitude is one the major reasons I'd like to go, therefore (and because the common tracks ...
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Size of a daysack for hiking

I'm trying to decide on daysack for light hiking (no mountains, clement weather). There's plenty of guides online, but I can't seem to make sense of them. This one, for example says 20-30 Liters ...
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UK blanket bog peatland water - safe to drink?

I was recently walking in the North Pennines on a hot day. 10 miles into a 16 mile walk, I stopped to check my 2.5l water bladder and saw that it was almost empty. This naturally caused me some ...
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Is it significantly faster to hike along a river bank?

Hiking through old-growth forest with no trail, is a lot slower than hiking on a trail. The actual speed seems to vary greatly depending on the particular forest, with estimates ranging from perhaps 1 ...
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Looking for lightweight backpacking tent suggestions

Some context: I am a very small female (< 5 ft., < 100 lbs.) and I am thus very limited by gear weight. A lot of information is written for large/tall guys, so I'm having trouble researching ...
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Double stitched leather shoe care

I am hiking in Meindl's double stitched, Nubuk leather hiking shoes, called Badile (https://meindl.de/product/badile-en/?lang=en) I have them for quite some years now and was very happy with them all ...
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Similar hikes to Mont Blanc 100 mile loop in the United States?

I've seen the hiking loop around Mont Blanc in France (Tour de Mont Blanc), and was wondering if there is anything similar in the United States? Preferably in the West. The things I'm looking for: ...
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Debris in boots

When I went off the trail on my last hike, I noticed that grass got into my boots very easily because the toe is not gussetted like in other boots. And gaiters don't cover low enough on the boot to ...
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Hiking alone: a website that alarms the police if something happens

I go hiking alone quite often, and I don't have many people other than myself in my entire life to whom I can say "I'm going here alone. Call the police if you can't reach me" Is there an ...
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Multi-day hike without camping?

I am interested in solo hiking the Foothills Trail in South Carolina, US this summer -- maybe not all of it, but ideally multiple days worth. Unfortunately, I'm not really experienced enough to camp ...
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How can I safely walk along the top of a steep scree slope?

I'd like to walk along some bluffs, but there's a bunch of gravel at a 45° angle along the bluffs that's kinda slippery and treacherous. My question is: what kind of gear would assist me with this? I'...
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Practical advice request - camping with dogs

I have two dogs (Border Collie, working line German Shepherd) and I am heading out for a long hike (about a week) early April. Typical high in April is +7 Celsius/45 Fahrenheit, typical low -1 Celsius/...
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Help with choosing camping gear

So I have recently developed an appetite for camping and thinking about buying some gear. Since I'm not sure how committed I'll be, I want to keep my purchases on the lower side. So I have chosen Tent:...
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Longest "1-mountain" hikes in the world

What are some of the longest "single mountain" hikes in the world? That is, hikes which more or less go up one mountain. Specifically, let's say we're looking at the following criteria: ...
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When hiking, is it harmful that I wear more layers of clothes and drink more water?

I am a 38-year old that loves hiking as a hobby. I usually do 10-20km hikes with up to 2km altitude change. This year I started tours with a new crew and two people talked to me independently that my ...
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How frequent are encounters with bears/mountain lions/etc?

I'm wondering how common it is to see or encounter large carnivores like bears and mountain lions in the lower 48 when hiking in the United States (okay, bears are tehnically omnivores, but you get ...
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What are some good hydration solutions for long winter hikes?

I'm planning a hiking and photography trip to the Rockies in January as a follow up to a similar trip last year. The major difference in this case is the length of some hikes, with a handful of out-...
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Staying online while hiking

I like to go on multi day hikes, however I need to be able to access the internet on my phone for work related emergencies. Recently I had a very annoying situation. I needed to send a single e-mail ...
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How can I identify hiking trails with views of the surrounding areas from online resources?

When on holiday in a region I like to do day hikes to enjoy the outdoors and the scenery. Sometimes the local tourist office has some information but when that's not the case I try to use on-line ...
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Why exactly does hiking in hot, humid weather seem so much more exhausting?

Assuming one is well hydrated, wears light clothes and hikes in the shade, why exactly does hiking in hot, humid weather seem so much more exhausting than the same hike in cooler weather? Background ...
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Is it possible to hike over 30km per day?

I am planning to go on a trail (Cleveland Way trail in the UK, moderate level, if this helps). The official guide recommends spending 9 days on this trail, but I only have 7 days. Is it reasonable to ...
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Can I disassemble my Chinook Anti shock hiking pole

Can I disassemble my Chinook Anti shock hiking pole. so it will fit in my suitcase for traveling?
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