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What is Fast Packing?

Fastpacking is lightweight or ultralight mountain travel with the aim of covering big distances over extended trips. Base weights would typically range between 8lbs-15lbs (3.5-7kg) or even less, so ...
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How can I overcome irrational fears of being out in the dark?

I am not a psychologist or anything in that field, and I have never been afraid of the dark. Just lucky, I guess. However, I will try to be helpful. My impression from limited reading about ...
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Is it illegal to walk on single or dual carriageways in the UK?

A motorway is very strictly defined and will always be named Mn or An(M). There are A roads sometimes called expressways that look a lot like motorways but they don't have hard shoulders and their ...
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How do you pace yourself while doing strenuous hikes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)?

The OP asks: How do you know how fast or slow to go while climbing at elevation (say above 3000 meters) on an instant per instant basis? First, it sounds as though you do not have experience ...
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How can I overcome irrational fears of being out in the dark?

I think it’s quite normal to feel at least a bit scared when running in the dark. Especially when it’s pitch-black forests with all kinds of noises and you know the closest settlement is several ...
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How to follow bearings while running?

The steps are rather simple for following a bearing without always looking at your compass, Pick a distant recognizable point (stump, rocks, tree) on your bearing. Travel to that point (not ...
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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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How do you pace yourself while doing strenuous hikes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)?

Choose a steady pace that you can keep up non-stop for two hours. If you notice that you need to catch your breath earlier, you are walking too fast. After two hours it's time for a break. The ...
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How do you pace yourself while doing strenuous hikes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)?

Listening to your body is good advise as others said: try to maintain relaxed, deep breathing, and when it becomes too much for you to do comfortable, you should slow down or stop to reset back to ...
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How do you pace yourself while doing strenuous hikes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)?

Disclaimer: I usually climb up to 3000m or slightly beyond that. I use a heart rate monitor. My pace is set by a heartbeat threshold. I try not to exceed roughly 150bpm. If I exceed my aerobic ...
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What is Fast Packing?

For non FKT (Fastest Known Time) chasers fastpacking is aimed at keeping a 3-5 miles per hour pace with the goal of covering 25-40 miles per day. I found that fastpacking can be very demanding and ...
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What is an effective technique for plogging?

I suggest the first step is to go for the light, grabbable stuff - plastic bottles for example. The contents, if any, can be poured onto the ground. This assumes your roadside example, which is likely ...
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How to clean trail running shoes?

You may want to wash them because they stink too much for where you need to keep them. If it's just about mud, just brush them. Mine tend to get smellier if I've run through puddles or heavy rain, and ...
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How can I overcome irrational fears of being out in the dark?

Another thing that is very helpful is to get acquainted with the route in the daylight. Once you are running in a familiar environment, you'll no more startle at shadows, and you'll be more responsive ...
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Where to buy running shoe sole replacements?

It's generally quite hard to replace the actual soles for trainers. You could have a look online or just buy a new pair of trainers. If you go to a tailors or shoe makers they may be able to do it ...
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What is an effective technique for plogging?

The most efficient way to run and pick up trash would probably be to know where the garbage cans along the route are so you can carry the trash for as little time as possible. At least according to ...
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Is it illegal to walk on single or dual carriageways in the UK?

If it's not a motorway, it's not illegal. It might however be dangerous or very ill-advised (think of the fumes you would inhale all the way). I live near the A1 and would not consider walking any ...
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What to look for in (trail-)running shoes for various terrain?

I run long distance runs on trails with all types of obstacles, and for me the most comfortable shoes are ones that have a bottom similar to Nike Free RN Distance. These shoes are designed with ...
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How to prevent breath steam diminishing light power when using a headlamp?

Cave photographers have to deal with a similar problem, where thin steam that's normally invisible can be seen in photographs taken with flash. Steam is composed of fairly spherical droplets of water....
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How to clean trail running shoes?

I hose mine or throw them in the washer (front load). Remove inserts first. I don't see why they would take a couple days to dry. They should have a good bit of mesh and dry pretty quick. Even if they ...
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How to follow bearings while running?

Another trick you can use if it's sunny and open enough for shadows: Take a bearing, and note the angle of the shadows to your bearing, or to the sun to your bearing. You still need to check this ...
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How can I overcome irrational fears of being out in the dark?

As with a lot of other people here, I am not a professional psychologist, but I know what worked for me. When I was younger, I was terrified of the dark. How I overcame this problem was identifying ...
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How can I overcome irrational fears of being out in the dark?

If you are afraid to be outside in the dark in situations where you rationally know that it is safe (enough), then it is a psychological problem. The best way to fix it is to get psychiatric treatment....
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Indianapolis: Places to run up/downhill or up/downstairs outside?

You could try the football stadium/bleachers at a public school. Indiana schools are closed at the moment, so there will probably not be many people around. Stadiums usually have several stories of ...
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How to clean trail running shoes?

These are trail running shoes, not dress shoes that you will wear to the opera or to a job interview with a stuffy firm. They will get dirty on the next run, or the run after that, so there is little ...
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How to prevent mosquitoes entering in your mouth while running?

Take a piece of nylon screen and cut a 2"X1" piece. Wash thoroughly. Use this like an athletic mouth piece. Slide between the front of your teeth and back of your upper and lower lips. It sounds ...
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Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running

A 3 to 7-mile trail run every day is a bit for most dogs. It wears down their cartilage over time. I wore out a couple of labs doing fewer miles than that. At age 8 they had joint problems. I just ...
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