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Do gaiters prevent ticks?

Do gaiters (that are NOT soaked or factory applied permethrin) worn around the ankles while hiking prevent ticks from getting into your pants and onto your skin?
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Do golden color pine trees associate with the name of Fluffy?

I went to a nursery over the weekend and purchased a golden colored pine tree. The nursery was calling them Fluffy Trees (picture below). This tree name really makes me laugh and smile but I am ...
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Camping: how to put sleeping mats in a tent that tapers at the feet end?

I am not a camper, so please excuse my ignorance here. We have purchased a 2 person tent. The normal width is 140cm, which means that sleeping mats can go down fine (many seem to be 70cm wide, or ...
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Is it safe to transport a 14.6 Feet canoe on top of my 2017 Toyota Corolla

As mentioned above, would it be safe to drive with a 14.6 foot long (90 lbs) canoe on top of my Toyota Corolla? The Canoe is just about as long as the car. I have a roof rack with crossbars, as well ...
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tips for wading in knee deep water where water moccasins could roam

Lately I've taken up a new hobby: taking pictures of train trestle bridges. There's one that goes over the San Gabriel river in Texas that I can get within half a mile of but any further than that ...
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Do Redwood Trees grow in families?

I have heard a very interesting tree fact about Redwoods. These trees grow in a family unit. In doing some research I came upon the the term: "Fairy Rings" or family circles, are likely all ...
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How can I find a GPS unit that can display north at the top at all times?

When cycling, and increasingly when hiking, I use a bike computer GPS app on my phone, but my phone is no longer waterproof, so I'm thinking of a dedicated GPS device. However I'm picky, and having ...
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What is the name of a dip net with solid metal mesh/bowl?

My dad likes to use dip nets to catch escaped crabs when we drop one, but likes the ones with a solid metal mesh or bowl. I know such a thing exists because we have an old rusty one full of holes and ...
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Where do Canada geese live at night?

I live in the central Ohio area. There is a human-made lake surrounded by grasses around my home, and the size of the lake is about 2 tennis courts. Many Canada Geese together with their chicks gather ...
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Is this piece of flint a Native American tool?

I was walking in a cornfield this afternoon. It is located in the Midwestern United States. I found this particularly interesting piece of flint. It has a sharp edge all the way around. I don't ...
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Camping tent with outer tent installed first

A few years ago I had a 2-3 person dome tent which allowed to first install the outer tent, and then clip the inner one to it from inside. It was also possible to disassemble and pack everything ...
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Could surfboard sanding have made it permanently weaker?

I shaped a 9"2 polyester longboard from scratch 14 years ago. I was in a hurry and did not sand the bottom deck. I used it on small surf for many years with only minor problems that I repaired with ...
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is the shoe sole based on kirigami likely to change climb ratings and rules for climbing competition?

For the source, see this article in the Smithsonian. A material based on a technique, called kirigami (a relative of the folding technique, origami) of cutting a flexible three dimensional pattern ...
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Is this spider dangerous to humans?

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador. I found this spider under a pile of toys in my home - my son's room. Seems to be a regular spider - found two or three of them in my office. Its span is like 3 to 5 cm. I ...
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What species of bird is this?

I have been observing this bird in my surrounding since month. It makes a loud melodious sound. Does someone know which bird species is this? The location is western India Thanks
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How fast can you typically hike through untracked forest?

Average hiking speed over level ground is often reckoned around twenty miles per day, assuming hikers in good shape who know what they are doing and where they're going. (As a rough approximation, ...
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Feeder reel combatibility

I m new in feeder fishing and i m wondering if any of the below fishing reels can be used as a feeder reel. Ryobi Zauber CF 1000 Shimano Sienna 4000 FB Any advice are more than welcome!! Thanks in ...
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Information about an Japanese Trail (Keyakidaira to Kurobe dam)

I hope I am not too far off from the sense of this forum. But I am desperately looking for some information about the trail that leads from Keyakidaira to Kurobe Dam. Because of Google Images and ...
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Primitive camping in the San Francisco bay area during COVID-19 situation?

I am currently looking where to primitive camp close to San Francisco. I have looked at a lot of places that appear to be closed at this time but I am unsure if that applies to all sites. Are any ...
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Snorkel in the mouth during the diving cycle or not?

What is the best practice when spearfishing/freediving/snorkeling: Retaining the snorkel in the mouth in the diving cycle or remove it before the duck dive and put it back once in the surface? ...
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Climbing indoors: emergency situations

We should always do the partner check and tie a stopper knot, but... Lead climbing: If you are half-way up a climbing wall and see that your knot, which attaches you to the harness is loose/untied/...
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Pack volume that can be shared with a partner

A partner and I are hoping to hike over a 4 - 5 day trip in Glacier National Park in August (hot days and cool nights). We are trying to decide on backpacking packs size. We can share a tent and ...
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Removing pickle smell from a tent

While camping a little while back, my GF dropped an open jar of pickles inside the tent. Brine was all over the tent's floor, and after we cleaned what we can and it completely dried out, some odor ...
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Do fish hooks have a lead coating?

I recently read the following: "It's very important to remove the hook before cooking and eating the fish.... If you cook the hook, the layer of lead that coats the hook will melt into the fish..." (...
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Yosemite bowline - stopper knot?

I would like to switch to the Yosemite bowline knot. I don't want to compare the pros and cons of figure 8, double bowline and Yosemite bowline. I am interested in single-pitch climbs and gained some ...
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Best uses for a twist-lock carabiner

I've been shopping for a tri-state self-locking carabiner for clipping into personal anchors but made a mistake and ordered a twist-lock 'biner instead :) Since product return is a hassle during those ...
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What do I lose by putting crappie nibbles on everything?

Lately, I've been sticking crappie nibbles on the hook of almost anything I toss into the water, from trout magnets to marabou jigs to swim shads to inline spinners. Am I losing anything by doing so?...
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Can you safely tame an Eastern Yellowjacket?

I know this is a weird and sort of crazy question, but can you safely tame wasps as pets? Here's what I'm thinking: I have non-filtered all-natural 100% honey. I know that adult wasps eat very sweet ...
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How to attach climbing holds / rungs to a tree trunk without harming the tree

I've got a tall tree in the backyard that we use to practice belaying / abseiling (rappelling). However, the lowest part of the trunk does not have any branches until up to 20' / 6m, so we use a lean-...
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How to make a segmented double hammock?

I have been toying with the idea of a split hammock. My idea is a wider than usual gathered end hammock, about 11' by 8', with an adjustable line running under to separate our individual sag points. ...
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California central valley to sierra treks

The Sierra Nevada rise gently above the foothills that mark the end of the central valley. It would make for an interesting trek to start from the lower hills at <500 meters of elevation and work ...
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Are saltwater-rated reels more dirtproof?

I get so much grit in my spinning reels. I try not to drop them in the mud/dirt/gravel that dominates the creeks and rivers where I fish, but it's often unavoidable in the rush to unhook and release a ...
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Rappelling using the Munter hitch - stopper knot at the end of the rope?

Usually I rappel using a tubular belay device such as an ATC and tie a stopper knot at the end of each strand of the rope such as a fisherman’s knot. Is there a safety knot which you can tie before ...
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What kind of personal flotation devices should surfers use? Or does the surfboard provide that function?

I read this tragic story today, "Several Surfers Are Found Dead in the Netherlands" which raised some questions about surfing and personal flotation devices (PFDs). Some relevant quotes from the ...
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Why do squirrels chew on metal planter?

I have a metal planter on my patio. Why do squirrels come up and chew on the sides of it? Are they sharpening their teeth?
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Grilling in the wilderness

I've got a question.. What will be the best option to smoke meat outdoor? I'm worried about maintaining temperature, to not burn it. I tried to that on my backyard before I can march to the woods. But ...
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Creasing in new Gore-Tex boots: reduced longevity?

I just got a pair of Scarpa Terra GTX's which I really like. However the only option the store had are ones that have clearly been worn a few times around the store leading to some creasing and fading....
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How to achieve tension in fishing line?

Context Newbie fishing person here. Trying to catch some trout in Steel Lake (Federal Way, WA). Since I am unaware of the right technique, I observed how the other people are fishing in that area, ...
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How to Maximize Survival Stranded on a Snowy Mountain

I'm looking for survival information similar to what happened to the rugby team in Miracle in the Andes. If a plane crashed on a similar rural mountain range during the winter, what are the important ...
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Terminology for different ways of tying bends?

One way to categorise common knots to join two ropes together (i.e. bends) is: Bends tied as if there were only one rope: by holding the two ropes together (side by side, parallel, both ending in the ...
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Open, fjell-like landscapes in Germany

Current travel possibilities are limited, so I am more or less stuck in Germany at the moment. For recreation, I usually go to areas with landscapes similar to the Highlands in Scotland or ...
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What do I do if I see a murder hornet outside?

I heard about a nasty stinging invasive insect. I originally searched for "murder wasp" and found an exotic insect that was frightening but mostly harmless and then started reading up on "murder ...
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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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Tree climbing in distress

There seems to be a legend that in a stressful situation (such as, trying to escape a bear, a boar or other large animals), people can climb trees that they normally could not. Not would not, but ...
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Can I keep bees in my backyard in Kentucky?

I'm interested in beekeeping for a number of reasons, but my useful knowledge about beekeeping is close to nonexistent. I'm a mostly retired teacher. I have a pretty decent amount of time on my hands,...
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How to Safely Relocate a Robins nest?

Right outside of my backdoor to my house, a robin has decided to build a nest on top of my homes electrical meter: So far, I do not see any eggs in the nest There is now one egg present. How can I ...
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Can a full body harness help reduce the chances of suspension trauma?

Those who are well-versed with rock-climbing (and other variants of climbing) are aware of the dangers posed by Suspension Trauma. Here at The Great Outdoors there had been a healthy discussion on ...
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Chemicals sprayed on balcony concerned its harmful to my cat [closed]

I live in a 2nd floor apartment and I let my cat lounge on the balcony. I have had an insect infestation on the balcony that I treated with a permethrin spray. It's been 8 hrs since I sprayed the ...
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Places for a “socially distant” walk

Where might I look for places on which to go for a medium length (3-5 miles) or longer walk -- and where I'd minimize my chances of encountering other people? The Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, and I'...
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Is this a house sparrow fledgling? (Found a bird in my garage)

I left my garage door open for about an hour last night on a windy day, and I later heard incessant chirping inside Apparently, this fledgling somehow go into, and was trapped, in an old bag over 18 ...

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