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How can I clean water filter's intake filter?

I have an MSR "trailshot" hand-pump water filter which works well for me on trips where I've felt the need for such a thing. Unfortunately, after some usage in what turned out to be a rather ...
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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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Overcoming supination/pronation issues with ice skates

When I wear ice skates I have a supination problem issue. This means that my feet are slightly bent outside while I skate. This causes imbalances, problems of stability, pain on longer rides. Then to ...
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Use 15 year old Zippo Lighter Fluid (naphtha)

Found some old Zippo Lighter Fluid at home but I could not find any best before date. I think it is somewhere between 15-20 years old (new box to the right). Safe to use or should I buy new fluid? I ...
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Identification of bones, looking like a fox / dog, from Poland in a lake / forest area

We found bones near a lake in Western Poland. There is a lot of forest nearby as well. Since there are fox farms in the area, this is the first thing that came to mind. Here are the photos, with a ...
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What are these painted markings on trees for? (not trail markers)

In one section of a trail I was on yesterday a large number of trees had markings like the following: These are certainly not trail markings - the trail markers were entirely different (round plastic ...
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Simple general rules to decide if an animal is wounded badly enough that killing it is the right thing to do?

Sometimes I encounter animals which are obvisouly wounded or sick (either visible open wounds, broken bones or else because they miss the typical flee reaction for the species or hardly move at all). ...
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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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How long can one starve before refeeding syndrome becomes an issue?

Refeeding syndrome is a potentially fatal condition caused by eating too much or too fast after a period of starvation. My question is, how long of a period are we talking about?
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How long does a fabric remain waterproof after waterproofing it using powder laundry detergent and alum?

This tutorial explains how to waterproof fabric using powder laundry detergent and alum. But how long does a fabric that is waterproofed using this method remain waterproof? also, can you waterproof ...
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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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Will the foldable tent stove leak smoke during use?

Prepare for camping this winter. It is said that a folding tent stove is best when camping in winter, which can increase heat and hot food. But I heard that the folding tent stove will leak smoke, ...
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Hundreds of swallows meeting for an hour every evening

Every evening for the past week, I've witnessed flocks of swallows meeting in a high crane close to my house. They arrive by waves of ~20-30 individuals around 8pm, until the crane is full of these ...
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Is color blindness a significant obstacle to bird watching?

I have recently developed an interest in bird watching as a hobby. This would be more than just watching the feeders in my yard; I’d like to record my sightings and try to spot as many of the birds in ...
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What to do with partially burned fire logs

Could you please help what I should do with previous day fire logs which are not fully burned yet? I believe they can be used again but where you would put them at top, bottom? Can they be use as fire ...
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Found these bugs in bed, not sure what they are?

I found these bugs in the morning, my dogs bed is on our bed and he has a lot more in his bed than ours. He does not have any on his body so I decided to exclude fleas. They look like pieces of lint ...
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Is there a resource for learning ethics/etiquette of outdoor climbing?

Does there exist a book, website, or article that codifies the rules/ cultural norms/ ethics/ etiquette of outdoor climbing. Things like the first party to the base has dibs (as opposed to the first ...
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Where to compromise on wetsuit measurements?

I'd like to swim and surf in the Pacific, but the water a bit too cold for me to be comfortable. I used to rent wetsuits but due to Covid and in order to save money I am thinking of purchasing my own. ...
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Boreal owls in Virginia?

Several times in the past month, I have heard at dusk what I think is an unfamiliar owl species. Tonight it was a pair performing a duet. I'm well acquainted with barred, eastern screech, and great ...
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Coleman Stove / 5 gallon tank adapter / Doesn't work consistently

https://www.coleman.com/all-camp-kitchen/camp-kitchen-parts/5-ft.-high-pressure-propane-hose-and-adaptor/col_2000014877_pr/COL_2000014877 Bought the item above to connect: Classic (x2) burner camp ...
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Liquid chalk spill on climbing gear

So we were climbing today with some friends and an accidental liquid chalk explosion occurred in one of the backpacks. Contents of said backpack include: carabiners, a nylon sling and the nylon ...
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How can I organise an expedition to the arctic?

As a person who is completely new to the outdoors (e.g. has never been camping), but is fascinated by the arctic and would love to try (at least once) to go on an expedition, what would be advice for ...
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Should I buy a GPS to calculate elevation gain/loss?

I have minimal experience but i am considering getting certified by the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) in the far future. It says i need hikes with a minimum of 700 m elevation gain/...
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Can a watermelon be left outside overnight?

If i were to leave a watermelon in my backyard for say, 9 hours overnight in western Canada during autumn, would it attract rats or lead to other negative effects? I'm just thinking because it has the ...
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Less impact to camp above or below the tree line?

What has less impact from an ecological point of view — camping below or above the tree line? US and Swiss organisations appear to contradict each other: From the American lnt.org comes the advise (...
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How big a tarp for one person?

Based on this question: Best tarp setup for camping on the plains? I wonder how big a tarp I need to carry for one person, for emergency use only. I am hoping to do a multi day hike where I will ...
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What does the number 25699 mean on my surfboard dimensions?

I have a surfboard that has the following dimensions written on it: 6'8" 18 3/4" 25699 What does the number 25699 mean? I've always seen the third number either be the thickness in inches, ...
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Low settings on flashlights

I have a flashlight, it has a very high lumen output. When it is on high it does not last long. It does have a "dim" setting. This setting just strobes the led, enough where it does cause ...
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What caused these ~5 cm holes in my front yard?

I found these holes in my yard yesterday, in an area roughly two meters wide. This is in the southern part of the United States. No other yards in the area seem to have them, and they appeared ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

It's a waste of money to buy a camping lantern, especially in COVID19 when I have to save money, if I improvise my flashlight as a camping lantern. My flashlight comes with a shoulder strap. I booked ...
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Silva Polaris compass, use of the second dial numbered from 0 to 7

I am looking for the use of the second (outer) dial numbered from 0 to 7 on the Silva Polaris compass. This second dial rotates independently of the inner dial.
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Do Half height (low profile) truck bed cap/camper shells exist?

I am about to purchase my first pickup truck (Chevy Colorado Zr2 Bison) and want to use it for camping and overlanding. I am looking for a truck cap or camper shell but with a lower profile height. ...
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Best tarp setup for camping on the plains?

I'm in the middle of the country, in Kansas. Not a lot of trees. Most of the tarp camping setups always show camping in the woods. Wanting to try tarp camping, but I'll be mostly in areas without a ...
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What's the difference between Mountain Hardwear's Trango and AC lines of tents?

Mountain Hardwear presently lists two major lines of mountaineering tents: the Trango series and the AC series. The primary difference seems to be that the Trangos feature a double-wall, are cheaper, ...
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Amount of recoil in a 357 magnum with a 5.5 inch barrel if using a 38 special cartridge

I wanted a 38 special with a 4.75 inch barrel. Due to the rush on firearms and lack of mid-priced options, I purchased a 357 magnum/38 special with a 5.5 inch barrel. I have shot a 38 special with a 4....
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Must people shower after swimming in a lake?

When going swimming in a lake, is there any danger in not showering after? Generally I would shower if there were a lot of other people swimming and the lake was small. And if there was run-off from ...
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What is this bug please? species-identification

Hi, just found this bug and was curious if it was a tick or a beetle? Found on a bedroom pillow, Quebec, Canada, about 1cm long Thank you!!
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How am I supposed to remember if I'm supposed to “play dead” or “make myself appear big” for various dangerous wild animals?

I've countless times heard things like this when they give tips for how to act when encountering a bear in the wild: Play dead! Lie down and don't move an inch! And (for all animals): Don't run! It ...
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Please help identify this sailcraft

I live on the east coast of Australia, and we've had frequent flooding this year. We have a creek on our property and after our most recent flooding event we found this in our creek: It's obviously a ...
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What snake is this, in a cave in southern Italy?

I've found this snake in a cave named Grotta delle fate (cave of the fairies) close to Forre di Lavello in Cusano Mutri. As soon as it saw me, it seem to be not aggressive at all, but rather scared, ...
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Turning on a rgb headlamp with red first

I currently own a PETZL TACTIKKA + RGB 2019 which offers the possibility of making red, green and blue (and of course white) light. It's a good lamp but the white light is the first light to turn on ...
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In a river with light traffic, while swimming its length, how to be better seen by boats?

I try to look forward and flip to my back to look backward every five or so strokes, but my goggles eventually fog up. It's hard to see boats unless I'm constantly stopping to clean out my goggles. ...
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What is the safe distance of washing with biodegradable soap?

I just bought a kitchen sink from STS (it is "just" a bag) which says to use it at least 100 meters from water. Since one can use the sink to do anything the distance seems valid, but I ...
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How would you describe “leading a pitch” to lay people?

I'm working on a personal statement that turns on a challenging climbing trip in the Sierras and I'm having trouble conveying the story without relying on lingo, like "leading a pitch." In ...
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Are Camels the best overall pack animals?

As Camels are strong and can go days if not not longer without food or water, would that make them the best pack animal in most if not all situations? As you do not have to feed or give them water ...
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Unknown Bug - Pin Head Size Round Black Hard Shell found in Vegi Garden

This bug appeared on the underside of a pepper plant and has spread through out my vegetables. It is about the size of a pin head. it is black with a hard shell. It leaves a trail behind it but i ...
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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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What kind of owl is this?

A couple of years ago I went to an owl cafe in Tokyo. I held three owls there, but unfortunately I can only remember the species of two of them. I would really appreciate some help identifying what ...
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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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How to lie down Tyvek as a ground sheet?

I have Tyvek 1443R and I realized I don't know which side should I put it down -- I would like that any vapor goes from above to the ground, but not from the ground up (so it will breathe out, not in)....

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