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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

The tent just makes your intent obvious: You planned to sleep there from the beginning. And this is what the authorities want to prevent: Camping in the wild. On the other hand many legislations allow ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

It's not really about the tent, it is about planned "bivouacs" (that means you plan to sleep outdoors) and emergency bivouacs where the latter of course aren't forbidden. That means if you carry a ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

In Central Europe there is a much higher population density as e.g. in many parts of the USA, Canada or Scandinavia. There is almost no valley without a village. So private property is rather rare ...
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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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Lodging while hiking the European E-paths

Unfortunately being Europe the situation changes from country to country. But I will try and keep my answer as general as possible. In most places wild camping is not allowed. Main exceptions are ...
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Lodging while hiking the European E-paths

Its nearly just the half of what you would have expected to see. Honestly I had head-scratched many details for European Long Distance Trails. But I realized that they are so long that even if I plan ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

Population density Germany: 228 pop/km2; US: 33. Much of the land is simply privately owned. Most surface area (public or private) is used one way or another (residential, forestry, agriculture): ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

It is generally illegal in Denmark. You may sleep on all beaches, but you are not allowed to pitch a tent on beaches. In some state-forrests you may camp where you like. More than 1.000 primitive ...
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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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Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents

The American Alpine club publishes this data for North America annually, though it's unlikely to cover all accidents. One of the best visualizations of this data I've found is from Steph Abegg: ...
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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?

These laws are often to stop homeless people hanging around. In England the vagrancy act has not been repealed and the police still arbitrarily arrest people for being vagrant. So even sleeping rough ...
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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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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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Hiking in the Pyrenees late July/early August, what track should I do?

My wife and I have just returned from a week of hiking in and near the eastern Pyrenees, starting from Foix, having flown in to Toulouse. The train journey from Toulouse to Foix is pleasant and takes ...
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Winter camping in Western Europe sleeping bag question

Depending on where you are camping I would recommend a three or four season synthetic sleeping bag. Synthetic bags are generally cheaper and bulkier than down bags for an equivalent warmth. As you ...
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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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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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Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents

I don't know of a source for Europe, but The American Alpine Club published "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" annually. Published annually since 1948, Accidents in North American ...
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Why are death percentages of death from trauma in an avalanche so different between USA, Europe, and Canada?

While it does not account for the difference between Canada and the USA, I'm pretty sure that one reason for the low numbers in Europe is that the latter has a lot of seasonal mountain pastures in ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

In Greece wild camping is illegal in general. The more famous/well known is the place where you camp, the more probable is to have a visit from the police. Checks more often take place during summer ...
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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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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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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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