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How to protect a body in the wilderness?

Most importantly, the living are more important than the dead. Check your scene safety, something killed that person and you want to make sure that it won't kill you as well. I can't imagine that ...
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How to protect a body in the wilderness?

The other answers seem good, however there's an extremely important step they have missed. Make sure the person is dead! (And no I don't mean by stabbing them). Some injuries are clearly fatal but ...
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What's a good place for a beginner to go backcountry camping in Oregon and California?

I'll answer the slightly broader question "How should I plan my first backpacking trip in Oregon or California?" (with emphasis on California, since that is the area I know best) Since you are ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

Those are some of the problems I have encountered and solutions which have worked for me. P: Water is scarce. S: Brush, spit (profusely), rinse, spit, rinse, spit. This amounts to only 2 small gulps ...
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How did/do scouts venture into the wild?

Modern Day Adventurers Answers to What are essential items in an emergency kit? identify patterns/guidelines about what equipment and skills to have in backcountry. This is relevant as it covers the ...
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What is the easiest way to remove creosote from pots and pans?

Heat up the creosote covered pan. This softens it. Then pour some denatured alcohol on it and scrub it off. I used a scotch bright pad to scrub with the alcohol, and then wiped the now liquid creosote ...
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What are the laws for backcountry ("dispersed") camping in the US?

Throughout the entire US the law boils down to this: Whether government or citizen owned, you cannot travel on land without the landowners permission. Doing can result in charges from criminal ...
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What can I do to discourage people from littering in the back country?

Make certain that you are part of the solution and not the problem, never leave any of your own garbage behind. As people are less likely to litter a clean area, remove as much of other people's ...
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Carrying skis attached to backpack

This article covers the 2 commonly used methods for vertically carrying skis, and their relative advantages and disadvantages. The diaganol: The A Frame: Shoulder Carry: One additional method of ...
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How did/do scouts venture into the wild?

In terms of self sufficiency in the wild there are two main approaches, the first is to take everything you need with you in as lightweight as form as possible the second is to avoid carrying ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

My go-to solution for backpacking teeth brushing is to use baking soda. It is: odor-free, so you don’t have to worry about treating it as a smellable extremely light, as it is a powder does actually ...
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What are the laws for backcountry ("dispersed") camping in the US?

As to answer what areas may be more likely to allow backcountry camping, I usually look at the two following things. If you are unsure where to start, I would consider any long trails in the vicinity ...
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What are the laws for backcountry ("dispersed") camping in the US?

There is no universal answer. Each property is managed separately, so the only real answer is you have to ask the management of each property that you intend to camp in. By separate property, I mean ...
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How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?

In addition to Dangeranger's answer: If you as victim have climbing equipment or a rope, fasten it to your body (if not already fastened) and release your rope. It is very, very hard to find avalanche ...
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Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?

I would highly recommend a menstrual cup. That's what I use while camping and hiking as they're light easy to carry and generate little-to-no trash. You can simply pour out and bury the blood rather ...
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How to protect a body in the wilderness?

Stay with the body until authorities arrive. If there are no other people around: call the police using your mobile phone (near civilisation) or satellite phone (far from civilisation). If you don't ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

I'd take a toothbrush (cut the handle down for easier packing if space is tight) and a small tube of toothpaste, to be used sparingly, about half as much as at home. You can also brush your teeth ...
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How can I hike across the Grand Canyon if I don't have a backcountry permit?

Grand Canyon National Park employ a waiting list for unreserved permits. If you have a week, you have a very good chance of getting a permit even on campgrounds in the corridor. We visited Grand ...
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What is the easiest way to remove creosote from pots and pans?

Unless the black stains bother you for visual reasons, let them be. Wash the pan off with normal dishwashing methods. This will take care of the stickyness and most contamination from pan to clothes/...
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How to protect a body in the wilderness?

One problem is going to be predators, scavengers, and insects eating the body. In the extreme they might drag the body off and you cannot find it. They are dead - there is no a big hurry. ...
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What are the laws for backcountry ("dispersed") camping in the US?

The biggest landowner in the US, and that allows widespread camping, is the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM. They have offices on a state and regional level. If you visit the web pages of the BLM in ...
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What is "catskiing"?

Cat skiing is a type of guided skiing where the skiers go up the mountain in a snowcat, which is a tracked vehicle with an enclosed cabin. Also see, What is cat skiing Mustang Power Cat Skiing
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What equipment do I need for overnight water trail in a kayak?

In brief: Drybags or sturdy trash bags (trash compactor bags are good), and a splashproof flashlight you can keep at hand if you want to paddle in low light. You are going to have a blast! Dawn ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

In desert areas spitting toothpaste is frowned upon and water may be scarce. I've used this method. brush using minimal toothpaste or other substance floss swallow Pack out the used floss.
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What is a good length for first back country skis?

There are many factors to consider when purchasing skis, but for the most part, unless you're an avid skier and recognize the advantages of having one pair of skis over another then it's probably not ...
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How to learn ski touring

For AT/Randonee on mountains, you'll need to go up steep (~30°) slopes on skins. You'll need a skin will cover nearly the whole ski base, and that won't slide easily at all (I think my skins require ...
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How did/do scouts venture into the wild?

This focuses more on attributes (habits) rather than equipment, since much of my study of history suggests that the possession (or lack) of equipment and/or supplies does not always determine success ...
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Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?

As others have already mentioned, a menstrual cup is perfect for traveling, and in your case, trekking. Less to carry around - you only need ONE menstrual cup If you don't have access to water there ...
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