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Serious heat related illness in wilderness medicine is broken up into two categories, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. This blog post from NOLS has a pretty good overview of the two (including signs & symptoms [S/Sx], and treatment). The information is similar to what would be covered in a WFA/WFR course regarding heat illness. That being said, I would ...


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Trying a few on is key, with them loaded realistically, but one that looks like it should follow the natural back shape is a good place to start. All these packs are of type that's currently popular, with a pre-formed frame tucked away behind padding. This is nice, because it means you don't have lots of insulation against your back. Compared to older ...


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Do not focus on technical features like curvature. Focus on how the backpack feels. A reasonable shop should have sandbags (or similar) to simulate a loaded backpack. You will surely know what feels best.


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I came in here as a musician from this question on music, so I leave the hiking relative aspect to others. As for the need to keep the chops in shape, you could just bring your mouth piece. This does not produce that much sound as with the instrument. My brother has a plastic mouth piece lying the car, and he sometimes blows it while driving... An even ...


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Trumpeting while backpacking? Do not see a problem with it, but please remain considerate of others. Hunting horns have been in use for centuries and are still in use in certain countries. It is a tradition. Nevertheless, one should be respectful of trumpeting in and around campsite, where others may get annoyed easily. Many hikers and campers appreciate the ...


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The Leave-no-trace tag in the question implies that you are familiar with the concept. Have you actually read the Leave No Trace principles? I'll quote from Leave No Trace Canada's 7th principle page: Be Considerate of Others One of the most important components of outdoor ethics is to maintain courtesy toward other visitors. It helps everyone enjoy their ...


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In Bear Country it is encouraged to make noise while hiking, so it would be OK there. It might be a bit hazardous to play while walking on rough trails. A friend played trumpet in a marching band, but the only hazards were in parades where they were behind the horses.


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