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Use this tag to refer to a sport which consists of running and hiking over trails. In the United Kingdom and Ireland it is called mountain or fell running. It differs from road running and track running in that it generally takes place on hiking trails, often in mountainous terrain, where there can be much larger ascents and descents.

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How can I overcome irrational fears of being out in the dark?

I'm a little embarassed I have to ask this but figured I cannot possibly be the only one who's had this problem. I've gotten into (trail)running semi-seriously earlier this year. Considering how great ...
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What's the legality / etiquette with crossing private property in Ireland?

I was going for a run along a public (at least it looked public!) path alongside an old canal that I had discovered using Google Maps. However, about 3km into the path, just before where I expected it ...
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Why don't trail runners use walking poles?

I am fascinated with trail running. However, I am reluctant to start doing that regularly because of the descents: from what I heard (and from limited personal experience), you need walking poles for ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

One of my regular trail running routes goes past a pheasant shoot. The route is on a public footpath and the shooting is usually from the woods nearby towards the direction of the path (ascertained by ...
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How to descend a few exposed scrambling moves with minimal equipment?

I plan to visit a summit which involves a few hours of easy scrambling, with a slightly more technical part at the end, which is very short (2-3 m) but exposed. I expect no problems on the way up but ...
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How to clean trail running shoes?

I've asked all of my trail running friends and the general consensus is to simply hose them off in the sink (some even just wear them in the shower...). I'm concerned that leaving soaking wet shoes ...
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How to follow bearings while running?

I'm am amateur orienteer that does a fair chunk of races. I'm reasonably decent at navigating - using attack points, bearings, contours, catching features etc. But I cannot follow a bearing ...
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Was the young cougar who attacked a runner recently in Colorado likely to have been old enough to live independently of its mother?

Warning: Contains details that may be too graphic for some cat lovers. Today's New York Times has an article titled Man who Strangled Cougar Cited a Lesson from His Cat. See He's no Chuck Norris ...
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Which altitude profile and height is optimal for Everesting by hiking?

Everesting is an activity where the goal is altitude gain of 8848 m or more by repeatedly going up and down a selected route. This is most often attempted by biking; however, hiking/running is ...
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How is elevation gain and change measured for hiking trails?

If a trail is listed as 1500m of elevation change, what exactly does that mean? For example, if the trail goes up 500m, then down 200m, then up 100m, then down 300m, then up 400m, is that considered ...
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How to begin trail / fell running?

I'm looking to challenge myself more than just running and wanted to know if there were any specifics in how to begin trail / fell running (In this case running up hills / mountains). Is there ...
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How do you pace yourself while doing strenuous hikes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)?

How do you know how fast or slow to go while hiking at elevation (say above 3000 meters) on an instant per instant basis? Elevation, weight carried, steepness, surface underfoot (e.g., trails, cross-...
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What to look for in (trail-)running shoes for various terrain?

I'm (trail-)running quite often and I'm used to wear lightweight standard running sneakers. However, I feel like they are made for the gym or flawless asphalt. The pitty is that I like to run on ...
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