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There is no such thing as "tight" or "loose" in hiking boots. The pair of hooks serves to isolate the tension on the foot section of the boot from the tension on the ankle part. Thus try leaving the bottom part loose while tightening the ankle part. Try the reverse. Try both tight or both loose. All those have advantages and disadvantages....


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The simplest idea I use is: choose a trail which follows a ridge. These should be beautiful regardless of which specific sites they pass by. As an added bonus, if you are in a new area, such trails can help you get a general idea of the surroundings, and give you inspiration on which additional sites you want to visit next. Maps usually show where trees are; ...


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You're right to expect that a good map will help. Familiarity with the region will also help you know what to expect; photos or even Street View along roads running through comparable nearby terrain can be compared with the map. Using the contours again you can get an idea of how expansive the views are, at least. It helps if the map indicates whether you're ...


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Of course only you know the answer to this question based on your own experience and needs. A large knife can chop and split wood just fine and has many other uses. Here are the disadvantages I can think of, the advantages are obvious. A knife and an axe's blade are sharpened in a different way. A knife should be sharp, while an axe should have a somewhat ...


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Whichever you prefer: you need a backup in case it breaks! So you might as well take 1 each and have both available in any situation where one of them is clearly superior.


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I've tried hiking with a flashlight, no thanks, it's always my headlamp. The headlamp leaves my hands free for my poles. It's nowhere near as bright as a flashlight but it's bright enough to hike with. My flashlight normally stays in my pack--it's come out once when we weren't sure of the path (we knew where we were going but the trail disappeared on ...


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