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Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there

Purely speculative hypothesis: Worms are coldblooded, which means they depend on temperatures above freezing for their metabolism to function. They survive the winter by burrowing down below the ...
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Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there

When checking to find out what kind of earthworm we might be discussing, I found sources listing anywhere from 100 to over 6,000 species. That wasn't very helpful so I'll just skip it and assume you ...
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Is Germany or any of Europe really rabies free?

As your travel advisory links state, the ‘rabies-free’ designation ignores bats. This is also mentioned on the CDC list of rabies-free countries which you link to: The countries on this list are ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Some extra info about France. In general, wild camping is forbidden in France, except when stated otherwise. As any other country, France has a number of regional and national natural parks, where "...
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How does a European Robin differ from an American Robin?

American Robin, Source European Robin Source They are from different families of birds, The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Additional for Greece: I'm a wild camper for many years in Greece. I have never any issue with locals or police.. Ok, I am careful in general but I guess also lucky. :) Yes, it is illegal and you ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

There's quite a good guide I've found on wild camping in the UK here: Wild Camping. In general, there's more acceptance than you'd expect from simply reading the laws, if you show respect. In ...
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EU vs US hiking gear choices

I've hiked in the UK, and a little in the US and western Europe. I'll concentrate on the UK. My perception is that British hikers keep their gear for longer than Americans, leading to two things: ...
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What ever happened to the proposals for no-rescue zones for backpackers?

It looks like it was most commonly proposed in the 1980s to around 1994 and has since been brought up at different times by different people but was never implemented. Here are the results I found ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

Bit late to the party, but: Germany, it's prohibited to sleep in the great outdoors with a tent. For Germany, that is not true in the generality the claim has. Wild zelten is not allowed - but the ...
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Legal situation for Parkour in the EU

This will vary from country to country - I can only speak for the UK. In practice you are likely to be OK provided you are responsible and apply common sense. Obviously, if you are on private land ...
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What ever happened to the proposals for no-rescue zones for backpackers?

There are lots of good reasons to reject such proposals, and these would have stopped them being implemented. Some examples: Deliberate injury - would the emergency services attend if someone was ...
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How to find ticks in your hair?

TL;DR: comb your scalp systematically with your fingers, wash your hair to remove them from hair (be careful with laundry carrying ticks home too), and try to catch/prevent them getting into your hair ...
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Will a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) work overseas?

The call would be routed to the international COSPAS-SARSAT network. Here are the Beacon Regulations Handbooks for each country: http://www.cospas-sarsat.int/en/documents-pro/beacon-regulations-...
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What should I consider when planning my first multiple-day hiking trip on hills?

Many things are similar to a day-hike, like having good shoes and check the weather forecast for example. For more details, you might find the answers to this .SE post about planning a day hike useful....
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What should I consider when planning my first multiple-day hiking trip on hills?

Normally when people ask about their wild plans I tell them to be cautious and to build up to it. But your plan sounds pretty fun. Things to consider: Weigh your backpack, keep it below 15 kg if at ...
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Online maps of ski-tour trails of Italy (Aosta Valley, Cogne)?

https://www.outdooractive.com has a lot of skitour trails in the Alps, and at least a few in the area you mentioned. AFAIK, they share their database with www.alpenvereinaktiv.com, which is actively ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

I've wild camped in Italy around Lake Como, Sardinia, Norway, all over the UK and all over France including bang outside Nice airport in the central reservation of the dual carriageway. Never had one ...
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What would happen if I use a USA (GMRS/FRS) two-way radio in Europe?

Personal radio devices in Europe use a different frequency (446 Mhz). According to a quick google search the frequency range of GMRS/FRS (462-467 Mhz) is used by fire brigades in UK, police in Russia ...
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Overnight hiking in Italian Alps in late autumn?

In the Alps there is a dense network of huts mostly maintained by the local alpine clubs. There are also some private huts mostly owned by mountain guide associations. Most of the huts are closing ...
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Snoring noises at night in the summer?

I've experienced similar noises at night. I'm guessing what you're hearing are deer. Deer around the world make a wide variety of noises. I'm in N. America and the deer in my area make a loud ...
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Can you use an Iridium phone with a SIM but with no active plan to place an emergency call?

I looked at some different plans and it looks like you could buy a prepaid plan and not activate it for up to 2 years. See the pricing here. However that seems like the really expensive option. ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Croatia: Generally, it's prohibited anywhere to camp (strictly prohibited in national parks). Not even if landowner gives you a permission. Camping is allowed only in camps that have permission for ...
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What should I consider when planning my first multiple-day hiking trip on hills?

I'm used to walking for longer distances a few times, even up to like 30KM on kinda even areas, but I've never done a multiple day trip in a hilly area. One important differences between (multiple) ...
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What to do when finding huge pieces of trash?

Suggestion for Germany: tell the owner. The owner often has the strongest interest in having it cleaned up fast, because clean places tend to stay clean, but once someone dumped rubbish, others may ...
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Can you use an Iridium phone with a SIM but with no active plan to place an emergency call?

Iridium Sims Iridium currently offer a very basic entry-level Emergency Plan for $25 a month, which suggests that you will not get any emergency facilities without an active plan. You don't say what ...
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Are there something like student mountain guides clubs in Western Europe?

Most similar trips in Germany would be organized by the Deutscher Alpenverein or Naturfreunde who are organized in local chapters. These local chapters have youth groups that organize regular trips ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Italy Wild camping in Italy is actually not directly regulated (the link is only in Italian, sorry). In general, if camping is not forbidden, then it is legal; laws concerning camping are usually ...
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