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Should overweight people ever climb?

Should overweight people climb? If they want to, then yes of course they should. I don't have any hard fact to back it up, but I do know a few climbers that are slightly overweight and have ...
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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

There are a few things that influence your body's ability to regulate heat. Nutrition, clothing, behavior, and practice are the big ones. Nutrition is important as far as making sure you're properly ...
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How to treat a severe allergic reaction while hiking?

Anybody who has severe allergies which could lead to anaphylaxic shock should carry appropriate medication with them. Typically, that would consist of: An antihistamine (e.g. benadryll) An ...
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How much sea water can I safely drink?

How much sea water can I safely drink? = None If you drink sea water, how much fresh water do you need to drink to off set the sea water you drank? = 2.8 units of distilled water per 1 unit of sea ...
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Could a tick make several test bites in a circle?

I don't think they ever do test bites. If it looks anything like a dot surrounded by a ring, go see a doctor as you might have Lyme disease. From the Centers for Disease Control Tickborne diseases ...
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Other than good shoes and a stick, what are some ways to preserve your knees on long hikes?

Carrying less weight makes a big difference. My packing follows the "be prepared" style more than the ultralight one, but even I admit it's easy to carry too much. Stepping cautiously especially on ...
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First aid: alternatives to hydrogen peroxide

Water. The American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid courses in 2021 recommend irrigating wounds with at least a liter of potable water, using an irrigation syringe. If you don't have enough potable ...
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Should overweight people ever climb?

I'm fat, and I climb. Now to be fair I climb indoors and not up the side of a mountain, but some of the problems I face would tend to be the same. Also I climb for fun. It's a much better workout ...
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Should overweight people ever climb?

You could ask the similar question "Most runners I see aren't fat, so is it wrong to start running as a massive guy?" Of course the good and really good climbers are most likely on the thinner side ...
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Other than good shoes and a stick, what are some ways to preserve your knees on long hikes?

As excellent as the previous responses have been (and they all have great advice), I'd add that you want to be FLEXIBLE. Stretching is crucial, and not just for your knees. Hip flexors are a very ...
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Hiking and climbing in smoky areas

IMO the best solution right now is not to go. I live in the PNW, and I'm simply avoiding strenuous exercise until air quality improves. I wouldn't enjoy hiking with a mask on, and it's unhealthy to ...
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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

It takes about 2 years to fully get used to heat. A ball cap is not good. Get a vented brim hat. The old straw hats are very good, they absorb moisture, and cool by evaporation. The woven reed cone ...
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Is it possible to 'live off the sea'

Theoretically, it might be possible to survive on fish, rainwater and desalinated seawater. In one 1930 experiment, two men survived for a year eating exclusively meat without experiencing any health ...
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Had to drink untreated water: Any immediate action to avoid getting sick?

The best thing you can do to both ward off illness, and catch any illness so it can be treated early, is to schedule an appointment with your doctor, soon. When you request the appointment, make sure ...
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Is it safe to drink snow?

If it is clean, fresh snow, it is safe to drink. This is basically drinking rain water. It hasn't had time to pick up pollutants when it is newly fallen. I live in New England, and kids do this all ...
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Why did people rub snow on frozen feet?

Was there any logic behind this practice (rubbing frostbite with snow)? Is this method encouraged / discouraged by modern medicine? According to Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries: ...
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Could a tick make several test bites in a circle?

That definitely sounds like a tick bite from a lyme disease infested tick. Get to the doctor ASAP and they can give you an antibiotic that can kill the disease before it becomes a long term problem.
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What is the most effective means of melting snow with body heat for drinking?

The best way to melt snow is to put it in a bottle inside your jacket under your mid layers while you're on the move and let your body heat melt it. Do not place it against the skin, leave a layer or ...
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Knee pain when descending a mountain

I'll be sticking to the "Descent and Knee pain" part of the discussion here. Yeah, there is no doubt that a descent definitely makes knee-pain worse. (I am strictly sticking to the point that it's ...
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What are the different stages of frostbite?

First I will describe the stages of frostbite focusing on how to detect them and what are the implications of each. Secondly I will address handling frostbite. Classification Stages of frostbite are ...
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Can I use ear plugs while ascending or descending a mountain?

Ear popping is due to the difference in the pressure between the outer and the middle ear. Popping of ear occurs at high altitude to allow for the two pressures to equalize. Now, there's no ...
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First aid: alternatives to hydrogen peroxide

When someone is so badly injured that they need immediate professional medical treatment, and you are able to get them that treatment within a day, then wound disinfection isn't a priority. Infections ...
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Is it possible to 'live off the sea'

... can someone gather/hunt/farm all of the nutrients required to be healthy whilst never having to land again? Nutrients yes, healthy not likely. A 1000 days is a grueling journey. Reid Stowe, whom ...
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How can I cover the upper part of my nose to avoid UV radiations?

As skin cancer is such a major issue in Australia, there is a huge range of products that shield the nose. From the Australian Cancer Council, see this one which clips onto your sunglasses as an ...
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Are Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel truly toxic to burn in a campfire?

Poisonous plants are typically more dangerous when you burn them, at least that's true with plants that have oily toxins (poison ivy/oak). Toxins in plants aren't necessarily vaporized when burned. ...
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Using Camphor (Icy Hot) in the winter for warmth

While a shot of liquor or an applications of camphor may make you feel warmer, neither is actually providing heat. They are chemically stimulating nerve endings and "tricking" your body into dilating ...
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Other than good shoes and a stick, what are some ways to preserve your knees on long hikes?

Assuming you are not opposed to it, preemptively taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen before your knees start hurting and then re-dosing later if it is a long hike can help to keep swelling / ...
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Other than good shoes and a stick, what are some ways to preserve your knees on long hikes?

Make sure you are using your knees correctly. Body mechanics is a big deal. My doctor was on the road to a knee replacement 25 years ago, and decided he really did not want that. So he learned Tai ...

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