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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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A flexible running schedule generator (Asics)

About 8 years ago I ran a marathon and I used an online running schedule generator from Asics. To help a friend, I tried to search for it, but I cannot find it anymore. Does anybody know if there is a ...
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Ikejime: Effectively hit the entire central nerve of the fish's spine

In search for the most humane ways to kill a fish, I have came across the technique Ikejei. This is said to be one of the best methods to preserve the quality and flavour of a fish. From what I got, ...
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What is the local accuracy of the Garmin Oregon 750 barometric altimeter?

I want to manually create a topographical heightmap of a hillside property with the highest possible accuracy for the altitude. This will later serve as the basis for planning terraces and building ...
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Why is freeze-dried food not much more popular?

Freeze-drying seems to be the perfect method for food preservation to take on trips to the outdoors: is the most lightweight food can be, can be shipped around the world easily, the majority of ...
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Where is the true northern/eastern end of the Grande Traversata della Alpi?

According to klingenfuss.org, the northern end of the Grande Traversata della Alpi (GTA) is near Valsesia (Monte Rosa) or at the Val Formazza. Wikipedia has it start west of Domodossola (consistent ...
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Any help planning a route in Sarek

Due to putting everything on hold this year I am planning a trip to Sarek in June 2021. We will be driving from the UK and have been lookinf at starting at Kvikkjokk. So far we are thinking of using ...
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How to prepare on hiking routes?

By watching a Belgian television serie called GR5 on Één I got inspired to start with hiking. But as an inexperienced hiker I don't know what I could expect from it. I've flowing questions: What's an ...
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I am torn between axe or hatchet, what would you recommend?

I was reading this article on axe or hatchet for camping and I am thinking on bringing a hatchet in my next trip.
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Where can I find resources to find user-contributed GPS tracks?

For trip planning and navigation during my outdoors trip, I would like to load a track into my GPS (or GNSS) receiver. Where can I find websites that gather user-contributed GPS tracks?
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How much land would one family need for sustainable food production?

Help me settle an argument. How big a patch of temperate wilderness terrain would you need to produce enough food to feed a family of four (two adults, two teens) indefinitely in an off the grid or ...
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Portable power generator ballpark fuel consumption

tl;dr What is a likely value for fuel consumption for a small portable 4-stroke gasoline-powered inverter power generator in, say, litre / ( kilowatt * hour )? At times I attend music festivals where ...
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How to design a semi-permanent campsite for short trips into the woods that won't attract vandals when we're not there?

My wife and I and our adult children have inherited a few acres in the middle of a forest in the mountains of North Carolina and would like to set up a semi-permanent campsite. Ideally, this would ...
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Finding user images based on keywords/tags and precise map location

For my holiday planning, I've been trying to perform what I thought was a simple task, but which turned out to be more complicated than I'd thought. For a given geographical location, defined either ...
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What route does the E1 European Long Distance Path take through Børgefjell National Park?

Wikipedia notes that the E1 is marked from Okstindan to Børgefjell National Park, but is ambiguous about the national park itself. Indeed, Norgeskart has a route northward from the park boundary (...
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Are there ways to make the skin on my fingers last longer while climbing/bouldering? [duplicate]

My main problem when bouldering and sometimes while climbing is, that after some time the skin/flesh of my middle and lower phalanges start to hurt and the skin comes off so further climbing becomes ...
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How can I be sure that I'm ready to do the Three Peaks Challenge?

I'm going to be participating in the UK National Three Peaks Challenge at the end of next month. For those who are unaware; the Three Peaks consists of hiking the highest peak in England, Scotland and ...
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Are there any general rules of thumb for route finding up a mountain without any trails?

Sometimes mountains won't have trails or recorded routes simply because they don't get enough traffic that a trail will be created. Not every mountain has recorded routes simply because people haven't ...
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Resources for finding organised treks based on specific criteria

I'm unsure where to go this summer/autumn. Among my options would be to join an organised trek somewhere I wouldn't (currently) want to go independently (such as for experience, language, cultural, ...
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What date does a moon phase guide represent?

I'm trying to plan a night trip around the New Moon to have my first go at Astrophotography, so I'm looking at Moongiant. I'm trying to learn what date a moon phase guide represents. For example, I ...
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What are some bare essentials camping spots for first-timers in England?

I've always loved going camping, from the age of about 6. I've also always loved watching Bear Grylls' various TV shows from a similar age. Already you can probably see where this is going! I ...
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Handling IT-Band Syndrome when hiking

A few weeks ago I was hit by IT-Band syndrome. I know that rest is paramount in healing it but the problem is that you do not know if it has fully healed. In a few days, I want to go on a 2 day hike. ...
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How to plan a day hike

Is there kind of a checklist what to consider before going on a day hike? Like which preparation should one take, things to pack (not detailed, like "food"), useful information (weather forecast e.g.) ...
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How effective are mosquito repellents for people who are mosquito magnets?

This question asks "What type of mosquito repellent is the most effective?". It's a great question. Now that we may have an idea about what is best to use, I want to know how effective are even the ...
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When stranded, how do I choose a place to camp on an island?

We are in a Robinson Crusoe situation where we're stranded on a tropical island (lonely or not). We've to setup our camp. How to determine the right piece of land? For example you might wanna have a ...
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What to consider before roving?

My friend and I want to go out for roving. However, this is our first time and we wonder if there's a list what we should consider before moving out? Roving can be described in the most casual ...
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What's the best way to plan a 3D archery course?

Let's say you want to establish a 3D archery tournament. You want to create a small 3D course. You are at the stage where you want to make a concept for the trail. How do you create a map to ensure ...
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How to determine the thickness of ice?

Thinking about going ice fishing this winter but I am worried about falling through thin ice. I know that ice should be at least 4 inches (10 cm) if clear and 8 inches (20 cm) if cloudy, but how can ...
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Effective way to carry a sleeping mattress with rucksack?

I am going for four day hike in Western Ghats. The terrain is rocky humid and It is one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity in the world. I am trying to pack my rucksack as ...
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How do I apply for a permit for the Zona de Reserva in Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema? Can it be done online?

Within Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema, is the Zona de Reserva, for which special permits are required: The Spanish fir forest and other areas in the Reserve can only be visited at certain ...
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Within the U.S. Grand Circle area, where is the number of daytime trail permits limited?

Within the U.S. Grand Circle region (very roughly Las Vegas NV /Provo UT/Aspen CO/Santa Fe NM/Phoenix AZ), for what trails are the number of permits issued limited considering day use only? I am ...
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Backpacking Through Rain

My friends and I are setting off on a hike this Friday through Michigan's UP. I've been watching the forecast which, to be fair, is never accurate in Michigan. Nonetheless, it shows a good amount of ...
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How to prevent chafing in my lower regions [duplicate]

I'm training currently for a long distance walk (the welsh 15 peaks in 24 hours) and I'm doing some long days (12 hours plus). I'm having some real trouble though with quite painful chafing in my (...
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Red River Gorge Summer

I'm planning a rock climbing trip this summer and I've been considering the Red River Gorge as a possible stop. I've been there before in the late fall and it was absolutely awesome in terms of sport ...
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Most efficient training before alpine hiking/climbing?

I am planning a trip to the Alps, where I'll do some mountaineering, mostly on rocks (little or no ice) at altitudes around 4000 m. I expect to do mostly scrambling, with only a few places per day ...
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How can I vet a hiking partner without potential hard feelings?

I'm planning a backpacking trip with a well-established partner. I would like to invite a third person along, but he has not met the second, and I do not want to extend an invitation to the third ...
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Avoiding 4WD-areas in Iceland

High on my list of places I want to visit one day in my life is Iceland, but I am worried by a warning I heard. One of two people who talked to me about Iceland experiences told me she was rather ...
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How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage

A friend of mine asked a experienced long distance hiker, how to drink during such a hike. The answer was, drink 0.1l water per hour and then you are fine. Is this correct and can anyone add some ...
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Leading an inexperienced group

I'm taking a handful (5) work colleagues up a mountain this weekend (Tryfan in Snowdonia). The mountain is a Grade 1 scramble route so it's not overly simple. The group is very inexperienced. I've ...
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What are some emergency water purification methods? [duplicate]

If you're lost in the wilderness (and you've foolishly left behind your handy dandy water purification tablets and water filter), what are some of the best and safest ways to purify water? What do you ...
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If injured and lost, what are your biggest priorities for survival?

Let's imagine for a moment that you're solo hiking somewhere you've never been before and take a fall off the edge of a trail, injure yourself (to the point of limited mobility), and become entirely ...
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What is a tour book used for?

I recently started to write a little tour book. The main reason for this was, I was told some guides want to see this as requirement to take you along. Is this true? If so, for which tours/...
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What options are available for hunting feral boar on Hawaii?

I posted this on travel.stackexchange.com originally, but it was recommended that I post here as well. Let me know if the question is off-topic and I'll remove it. I am visiting Kauai shortly and am ...
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How do you keep the inside of your backpack organized?

Here's my current setup. First I put my earthpad in my pack, using it like a cylinder to provide cushion and make my pack stay upright. Then I place a plastic bag within the earthpad for ...
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Planning a Trip with strangers

For those of us out there that do not have friends/family members as adventurous as us or are few in numbers for our geographic region; we are forced to head online to find partners. For example, a ...
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Where can you find an online elevation profile of Tahoe Rim Trail?

Where can I find a good elevation profile of Tahoe Rim Trail? This website has an elevation profile based on GPS data points. However, it is not laid out in a very useful format. I'm looking for ...
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Is there an equivalent of "The A.T. Guide" for the Pacific Crest Trail?

I'm asking on behalf of my roommates who want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. We all recently moved to San Diego from the East Coast, and they're trying to find a book as informative and detailed as ...
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Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT

On my hiking trips, I mostly sleep in my tent, but occasionally I appreciate to have a roof. Mostly by chance, I've found on my trips a number of free and open huts in Norway that are not owned by ...
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Where can I find current information on shelters in the Swedish mountains?

This weekend, on a 3-night hiking trip, we decided to head for the Pieggaluoppal wind shelter for the final night. When we arrived (at 23:15 and after 13½ hours of hiking) we were a bit disappointed ...
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How can I keep my backpack safe?

I went on a hike with my wife the other day in Norcal. This place had a creek that led into a cave that you can swim in. We both left our backpacks at the cave entrance and then swam through it to the ...
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