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Are there any advantages while backpacking to hike during the night and sleep during the day?

There are several reasons, though not all of them would apply for one's usual holiday trip. Remaining unseen Obviously, during night its dark and this gives you a fair bit of cover if you want to ...
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How to walk silently in the woods?

When I was a boy I learned about a tribe of natives (Lipan Apache) that had an initiation into manhood which involved plucking a hair from the tail of a live deer. These people had developed a mode of ...
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Are there any advantages while backpacking to hike during the night and sleep during the day?

The main advantages are: You don't need sunscreen Even with a full moon, the night sky is awesome Things look (and sound) weirdly and wonderfully different in moonlight In summer, the temperature ...
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How do you locate the "North Star"?

You need to know if you are in Northern Hemisphere or in Southern Hemisphere or nearby the Equator. If you are in Northern Hemisphere: First locate the Polaris. Its the last star in The Ursa Minor. ...
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How can I find north from the stars without recognizable constellations?

What you will want to do is to find which way a star is moving. The way to do this, is to line up two objects pointing towards where the star is currently at, like so. Then wait 15-20 minutes for the ...
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What should you do if your sleeping bag gets soaking wet at night?

First - do everything to prevent getting a wet bag! A wet sleeping bag must be a nightmare - the best solution is to make sure this never happens to you again! Before I use a new shelter somewhere ...
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Are there any affordable night vision goggles that are good and available to civilians?

There are 3 main types of night vision equipment; Image intensification This is the type most commonly used by the military. It works by effectively amplifying the available light and may work in ...
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How do you locate the "North Star"?

Adding this mainly because it's a different kind of approach. The other ones are usually more practical, but this is an alternative that does not require remembering any constellations. If you have a ...
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How do you locate the "North Star"?

The simplest way (assuming you are in the Northern hemisphere) is to first find the Great Bear / Ursa Major / the Big Dipper / The Plough, and use the two end stars as a sight line. The star in Ursa ...
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What lighting equipment do I need for playing ultimate frisbee at night?

I played pickup this way in college for several years. Like some of the others suggested, an LED disc works well (green works far better than red or blue in my experience). We also used glow sticks, ...
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How to cross rivers or streams at night or in darkness?

Don't, unless you know the route very well and are sure the rivers can pose no danger. Travel the day before so you arrive to the trailhead before it gets dark, then spend the night at the trailhead. ...
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What precautions need to be taken when night-caching?

There are a few, many of which are in common with simply hiking at night, but some are specific to geocaching. Firstly, the old scouts saying of be prepared! Make sure your torches, whether hand held ...
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What lighting equipment do I need for playing ultimate frisbee at night?

Why all the lights? you could solve everything you need and have a REALLY cool event with nothing but a lot of glow sticks :) Make people wear different colors for different teams, then one each side ...
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What do I need to consider when rock climbing at night?

General advice for climbing at night: Don't do it if you are new to climbing. Avoid it, even if you are not new to climbing. Be prepared for it on long routes, even when you are not expecting to be ...
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Help identifying this animal

The Bengal slow loris is found in the extreme north east of India, including Arunachal Pradesh. Most of the slow lorises are found further east. I've seen other slow loris species in zoos, and the ...
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Are there any advantages while backpacking to hike during the night and sleep during the day?

Better sights In some situations, there might be some beautiful things that can only be seen during the night. This includes Northern lights (Aurora Borealis), but also some places might brag about ...
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What do I need to consider when rock climbing at night?

Route finding might be a problem: If the approach is not obvious (from what I read about Snake Dike, it isn't), you could waste much time blundering there, looking for cairns and what not. You could ...
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Do flashlights (torches) with multi-color capabilities have any applications for usage in the great outdoors at night?

Just found this and thought it rather interesting and adds just a little something more to the already great answers posted. The following is from the Flashlight University: LED Colors and Uses. ...
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Do wolves hunt on moonless nights?

There are usually some light sources, even on a moonless night there are stars. Even with thin cloud cover it is not that bad, it blocks some light but also reflects some. Only a really overcast night ...
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What lighting equipment do I need for playing ultimate frisbee at night?

With ultimate specifically, traditional outdoor lighting methods won't work well. Flashlights are right-out, because you need both hands to play. Headlamps are a bad idea because you'll blind your ...
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What should you do if your sleeping bag gets soaking wet at night?

I'm going to assume that you're too deep into the bush to bail and get back to civilization, and that your bag is all that's standing between you and hypothermia. In this situation, you have to get ...
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How to prevent breath steam diminishing light power when using a headlamp?

Oh goodness, this is a terrible struggle in caves especially, because there is no air current and the breath just lingers forever in front of your face. It's especially bad when I'm trying to film the ...
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Does the two sticks and a star method of finding north work the same way in both hemispheres?

TLDR: It's the same in both hemispheres. To keep the explanation simple consider someone driving south at night across the equator in Africa . The person sees a star ahead and it's moving to the ...
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What do I need to consider when rock climbing at night?

Depends on your headlamp. I use a Petzl Ultra Vario headlamp for caving that can cast a beam 200m, so when I've got that on I can see pretty much the same as climbing during the day. I've climbed at ...
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How to cross rivers or streams at night or in darkness?

There are a couple of things you will want to do. Headlamps are essential as you will want the full use of both of your arms. The darkness will make it more difficult, mostly because you be able to ...
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Are Oxygen shortages possible in closed bivouacs?

If you put a plastic back over your head, you are going to suffocate. A good bivvy bag should be designed such that suffocation is not an issue. However, breathing into a bivvy bag is a terrible idea ...
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What should you do if your sleeping bag gets soaking wet at night?

Years ago I was caught in a totally unexpected and sudden blizzard/snowstorm. I started out the trip at 85–95°F (30–35°C) in August so I was totally unprepared for cold weather in ...
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How to walk silently in the woods?

While looking for mushrooms mid-morning in the summer, I saw a deer perhaps 50' away, in brush maybe 5' high- it was upwind of me and couldn't smell me. It was browsing and slowly moving as it ate. ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a red colored light source for hiking at night?

The linked question on biology.SE actually is for many aspect already the answer, one just needs to convert the findings to the outdoors/hiking. I will first reiterate the most important anatomical ...
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