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Caught in the rain without rainwear or raingear

Strip off. Your skin is waterproof. Assuming it's warm (because if it wasn't, you'd have proper gear, right?) then you're not going to freeze, especially if you're walking. So take off everything you ...
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How to stash firewood without it getting wet?

First realize that firewood has two qualities when it relates to moisture. Green/Seasoned Wet/Dry When a tree is cut down the wood is green. Over time the wood seasons, natural moisture in it ...
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Suffocation while cooking under an umbrella?

The answer to this is a resounding: No. The main problem with suffocation and cookers is in enclosed spaces where there is no airflow. Suffocation when using a cooker can happen when either the O2 ...
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How to stash firewood without it getting wet?

You don't really have to keep it dry at all. If it is proper firewood, it has already dried. A little rain won't change that. To start a fire you can split the wood, which will be dry inside. Once ...
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Why do upside down tree leaves mean rain

This is the old saying, "When leaves show their undersides, be very sure rain betides." From the farmersalmanac.com: The leaves of deciduous trees, like maples and poplars, do often to turn ...
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How to keep paper from being damaged by water in the outdoors?

At the risk of stating the obvious... ... just not letting your paper get wet in the first place is by far the easiest and cheapest solution. How you might ask? These solutions worked well for me in ...
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Caught in the rain without rainwear or raingear

So, if you're caught off-guard, you won't have anything with you that offers direct protection, such as: raincoat, poncho, garbage bag, tarp, or any other portable shelter. It also means that you won'...
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How to keep paper from being damaged by water in the outdoors?

The solution to this problem is waterproof paper. You can get it in notebooks, journals, legal sized for printing maps or documents etc. I have also seen at least one organization that had their ...
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Is a full waterproof coat more important than waterproof trousers for hiking?

I can totally see your point of view as your coming from forestry or generally working outdoors, but this is fairly straight forward from a hiking point of view: Hiking is walking, meaning work for ...
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How to stash firewood without it getting wet?

Don't chop it. If you haul in your wood unchopped with its bark still on, then it'll stay dry enough on the inside. We found a pile of wood buried in the snow at one winter camp, and had no troubles ...
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Does acid rain somehow directly harm human beings?

Acid rain usually has a pH of around 4-5, while normal rain is around 5.6, and pure water is 7, or neutral [1] [2]. To give that in perspective, acid rain is less acidic than orange juice or soda, ...
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Caught in the rain without rainwear or raingear

My experience as a cyclist is that getting wet doesn't matter (because skin is waterproof): what matters is getting cold. So the goal is to stay warm enough. Your warmth is affected by your exercise (...
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Caught in the rain without rainwear or raingear

Get out. You can quickly cool down when it's raining out, in particular when the rain is horizontal and it's 4°C outside. You say there's no shelter anywhere near. Then walk as fast as you can to ...
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What first aid steps should you take for someone who faints after being injured in the cold rain?

Send someone to get help, even if it's hours away. The casualty's life may depend on it. Someone needs to grab a phone and start walking. They should check periodically for signal, including at ...
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How to keep socks from wicking rain off pants into boots

GoreTex Gaiters are what I've always worn, and I've never had a problem with wet socks before. The GoreTex is nice and light, and breathes so you don't overheat or get very clammy underneath. You can ...
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Is a full waterproof coat more important than waterproof trousers for hiking?

I say you should always wear the gear that you already own and you are comfortable in instead of following some fashion trend. If you like your setup go for it. Beyond that I think there are some ...
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At what temperature does rain become not chilling?

I'd say, very hard to answer as it depends on a lot of factors, especially personal preference (e.g. I get cold if I'm tired or hungry). Other factors would include exposure time, wind, sunny/cloudy, ...
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How to stop rain from entering at the cuffs of my rain jacket?

I've never had too much trouble with a double cuff - a velcro or (better) elastic inner cuff and a loose outer. In the worst conditions, an elasticated inner cuff under a goretex glove with long ...
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Is a full waterproof coat more important than waterproof trousers for hiking?

Intro: You can get wet from sweat or wet from rain, or a combination. The waterproof breathables depend on the outside surface being not wet. So the outside layer has to shed water. This generally ...
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Does firewood have to be stored inside or is storing it in a lean-to sufficient?

Very simply, the drier the wood, the more efficiently it burns, and the easier it lights. A lean-to on the downwind side of the house is very common as a long-term wood store (there's generally a ...
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What's the fastest way for a single person to setup a tarp umbrella/leantoo in the rain in a nothern temperate forest?

Lean-tos are hard-sided structures, and are not really meant to be set up quickly. As a hiker and scouter, I and my group carry tarps all the time, and expect rain to greet us wherever we decide to ...
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How can I tell how much, if any, rain is in an approaching cloud?

Randall Munroe has the single best article on this I have ever seen, over on his What-If site where he discusses what would happen if all the water in a cloud formed one giant raindrop. I recommend ...
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How to keep paper from being damaged by water in the outdoors?

One option is to laminate your paper. Normal lamination pouches aren't ideal. You need special pens for them, and they always fail at some point (usually when you need them). There are matte ...
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How to keep socks from wicking rain off pants into boots

If you don't need the full rain pants, then gaitors should do the trick. I would wear the gaitors over the top of all of your other layers, and just wear them when you need to, as otherwise you will ...
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What first aid steps should you take for someone who faints after being injured in the cold rain?

Note that I am a student of wilderness first aid, not a teacher. However, what you describe sounds like a serious life or death situation and not a time to worry about social norms. I advise you, and ...
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How can I tell how much, if any, rain is in an approaching cloud?

Isolated clouds are going to be easier to judge than gradually thickening cloud cover, as cloud height is important. I assume you've already established that the cloud is approaching you, though you ...
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Open-sided tarp in rain

Setup is the answer here. You would preferably want your open side to be lower in elevation than your closed side, so that you dont have ground runoff running into your tent. Same as for a regular ...
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Can a rope&bucket used to gather water from a well be kept outside, tied to this well, or does it have to be kept inside?

Wells are covered to keep the water clean, not to keep it dry. A well bucket rope is only going to be as long as needed, one end is going to get wet several times a day. Even in single person home ...
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Do self-inflating sleeping pads have to be kept dry during trips?

Not exactly, if your sleeping pad gets wet and you lay your sleeping bag on top of it then your sleeping bag will get wet and that's not a good thing. Otherwise, your sleeping pad is preventing air ...
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