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

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Should I drain the pierceable fuel canister once mounted to the stove?

Going to use a camping gas stove campingaz 206, which uses the pierceable fuel cartridge. The instruction on the cartridge states it should not be detached from the stove unless empty. Does it mean I ...
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Backpacking stove adapter

I will be hiking a long-distance trail where they don't have screw-on gas cartridges compatible with my stove but only Campingaz easy-click ones. Has anyone used a converter or adapter? There are ...
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How to plan a trail route?

I weekly organise a 10-15km long hiking session; for a logistic matter, it is always a loop (I end where I started...); and I always follow a rule-of-thumb: start from the "bottom" point. ...
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Insurance for expeditions

We plan to cross the Greenland ice sheet next year on skis: duration: roughly 5 weeks no civilization close by Where can we find reputable insurance for such a trip (for Europeans)? We are ...
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30°F / -1°C sleeping bag vs a 50°F / 10°C sleeping bag whilst wearing layers

I'll be doing a multi day hiking and backpacking trip in a few weeks with a company that recommends that participants have a 30°F (-1°C) sleeping bag. I'm wondering if a 50°F (10°C) sleeping bag could ...
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Hiking with a minor wound near the knee?

I have recently scratched my skin near the knee. There was some bleeding, but I didn't hurt anything vital. I am planning a long weekend-hike (starting 4 days after the injury). When I bend the knee ...
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How can I improve gaiter adhesive area on hiking shoe?

These are currently my go-to hiking shoes for basically everything now: Danner Trail 2650. I love them. Also, I recently got a pair of Dirty Girl gaiters. They are loud, fun, and functional. ...
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Where can I find the currently closed off area on Strómboli?

On the Aeolian island of Strómboli, my maps and hiking books indicate and describe trails from both Strómboli town and Ginostra to Pizzo o Sopra la Fossa, similar to the indications on this sketch. ...
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Visibility in mountains and hills [closed]

Is the visibility better to west than east? I was on one mountain in the west and could not see the one far in the east, not even close. The guy who was in one mountain the east, said he saw the ...
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Southern Half of Corsica's GR20 hike in late October

The GR20 between Calenzana and Conca is considered one of Europe's best but also most difficult hikes. The recommended time of year to do this hike safely is usually given as June to mid-October. Our ...
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Are there any durable hiking boots left on the market?

I just had the outer sole of one of my expensive, 22 month old, Hanwag hiking boots completely delaminate from the boot in the middle of a four day backpacking trip on the Olympic coastline. I managed ...
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How do I correct for magnetic declination?

I have a question about magnetic declination as it pertains to its use with compass navigation. I currently live in Albuquerque New Mexico which currently has a magnetic declination of 8°E. Let's say ...
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Where can I find reliable information on long-distance hiking trails?

I have never planned a hiking holiday myself but have always walked along. This year we are planning to walk a long-distance trail like the Fischermenstrail (ROTA VICENTINA) in Portugal. Where can I ...
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LOWA renegade insole is sliding

I used my Lowa renegade for 10 years and I bought a new pair. On the first 7km the insoles are sliding back. I tried again, same problem... I just realised even with hands I can slide the insoles up ...
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Do I (single hiker) need to reserve Austrian and Italian mountain huts in advance(more than 3 days)?

This year I want to spend a lot of time in Austrian and Italian mountains. I think I will do 2-4 day tours when there is weather window and then drive back to rest a bit and repeat. I don't know how ...
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alternative routes for reaching north rim of grand canyon

Currently, as far as I can tell, if one starts at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and tries to reach the North Side, it cannot be done based on the latest NPS info (although the regular route will ...
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How far can a pair of shoes last?

The expert consensus seems to be that shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles or thereabouts, as they will by that point no longer have their original characteristics. Fair enough. But the rated ...
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Is it reasonable to expect a 500 g (1.1 lbs) inflatable sleeping mat to last?

I recently changed from a foam to inflatable sleeping mat. I try to keep weight at minimum. I prefer a light hiking setup, so the inflatable mat weights 400 - 500 grams (1 lbs). The problem is that I ...
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Do any of the routes up Scafell Pike start easy to a good "halfway point" where people can stop and return?

My family & I are planning a holiday in the UK Lake District this year and I'm hoping to fulfil a longtime desire to climb Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. I'm moderately fit and enjoy ...
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Italy: recommended paper maps for hiking in Trentino and Alto Adige

For a spring time holiday in Trentino and Alto Adige / Südtirol in Italy, I am planning to do a number of day hikes in the areas around Riva del Garda, Trento, and further up north, Brixen / ...
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How to avoid land mines?

Some areas here have old mines from 50 years ago. Dangerous areas are often surrounded by barbed wire and have warning signs. However, because of soil erosion we can't be sure where the dangerous ...
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Is using an electric fly swatter outdoors frowned upon?

When hiking, occassionally there are areas with a ton of mosquitoes (near bodies of still water) or flies (near outhouses, or in the "toilet"). With bug repellent, I still get bitten a lot. ...
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Motivation to hike complete PCT

I've been invited to hike the complete Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with a friend. It seems like an impossible trail length of 4200km or 2600 mile that I'm doomed to fail on. But I know it could be done. ...
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What do you need for mudflat hiking?

Mudflat hiking, also known as Wadlopen in Dutch and Wattwandern in German (maybe among other names) is walking on the sand banks which fall dry in undeep sea areas, like between the Dutch and German ...
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Clarifying hiking lingo "return"

I am researching hikes in New Zealand. What does it mean if it says "this hike is 5-6 hours return"? Does it mean it will take 5-6 hours total or 5-6 hours each way?
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Looking for Technical Information on a Gadget with Fall Detection and Reporting Capability

I am old enough to plan ahead on fall detection, but vigorous and stable enough not to need it in everyday life now. However, I no longer feel comfortable hiking alone, and would like a gadget that ...
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Route planner for hiking in Slovenia (Triglav)

I'm looking for a route planner website for plannig hikes in Triglav National Park / Slovenia. I have used this site before, but cannot find it again. I have used different search engines, looked in ...
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What is the highest "hikeable" mountain in the world? [duplicate]

What is the highest mountain in the world that can be hiked all the way up? That you can go up to the top without any sort of experience climbing.
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Using running shoes to hike Mt St Helens

I am hiking/climbing Mt St Helens in 8 days, and I haven't found a pair of hiking boots that I like. My feet are very particular, and I am very concerned that even should I find a pair of boots that ...
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What map app would work well for via ferrata in the Dolomites?

I'm looking for suggestions for an app I could use in the Dolomites that would be good for tracking my position on both via ferrata and normal hiking routes. I would hope that the app has good quality ...
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How to obtain up to date information on hiking trails in Slovenia (Triglav National Park)?

I am planning on a multi-day hike in Triglav National Park, staying at a different hut every night. While researching a route I found that some trail sections can be closed, e.g.: I found another ...
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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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