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Is there a universal patch that signifies Food/Rations?

In other contexts a knife and fork icon (or fork and spoon e.g. on UK motorway service signs) is widely used, but I'm a little reluctant to propose it here, as it could equally mean cutlery, or more ...
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Are there reasons for not putting the mileage on trail signs or is it just a matter of style?

Knowing why distance was included or omitted in any particular instance requires asking the people that decided on that particular sign. In other words, in the general case, you don't know why. I've ...
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How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?

You are probably finished with this project by now, but I'll weigh in with our experience for others searching for this answer down the road. We were wondering the same thing about how to attach ...
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Is there a standard hiking trail difficulty rating system in the United States?

In short no for hiking trails, the closest one will ever get to a standard difficulty rating are the first 3 classes of the Yosemite Decimal System. Beyond that, there are many different scales of ...
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Are there reasons for not putting the mileage on trail signs or is it just a matter of style?

In Europe, especially in the mountains, trail signs usually have time instead of distance, even though the distance is probably accurately known. The mileage isn't really the most important thing as ...
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How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?

Use a finish nail; the undamaged sign will slide off sometime in the future when it has long been forgotten, and the tree will have the smallest wound. I have watched a 16d galvanized finish nail, two ...
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How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?

Why to put nails in the trees when you can paint the trail signs on them? I know, I know, it needs some updating each 2-3 years, but plastic and aluminium colors may also fade. I would consider one ...
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How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?

Punch a hole in each corner of the sign. Run a length of 1/8" elastic around the tree and the top 2 holes, and again around the tree and the bottom 2 holes. Tie a rolling hitch behind the tree for ...
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How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?

Painted wood with 2 galvanized nails like this: They do that all the time in Finnish natural parks and such signs can take all the 4 seasons with minimal maintenance. The tree will push the sign ...
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What are directional, height, and distance guidelines for marking trails?

Here is the National Park Guidelines to your questions, Blazes are placed on trees or posts, slightly above eye level so that hikers can see them easily when traveling in either direction. In ...
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How to measure key characteristics when tree tagging?

Tagging is traditionally done with a short alpha-numeric code on a metal tag and a nail. Tags are something like these ones from Landmark Trading (no affiliation or recommendation, just one near the ...
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