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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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Which fingers to use in a 2 finger pocket when rock climbing?

For the sake of your tendons, it is better to use your ring and middle finger in two finger pockets, because of how your muscles in your forearm insert on your fingers, and how they're wired to your ...
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How much wood can the average person expect to chop in a day?

Back in the day, I fit the criteria in the question. Assuming the wood is down and has been seasoned. One Cord (128 cubic feet or 3.62 m³) a day is easy. I used to cut, split and load into the truck ...
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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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Which fingers to use in a 2 finger pocket when rock climbing?

While not supported by any hard evidence, in How to Rock Climb by John Long he says Because it is rate that a pocket will accommodate all of your fingers, the first choice is the strong middle ...
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Are there any concrete techniques for down climbing?

Little excursion up front: If you have problems with joints or back when jumping down, do not ignore that. Either you already have a significant problem with those areas, in which case you should ...
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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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How to get a beached pontoon boat back into the water?

What constitutes “best and easiest?” I suspect you don’t want to pay for a proper boat lift to drive down to the beach and pick up the boat. If feasible that would be the best safety wise and easiest ...
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When trimming my sails, why would I want them to stand flat, versus having some belly?

I didn't intend to self-answer, but after hours of 'net searching I seem to have stumbled on the answer, provided by an Olympic Gold Medalist sailor from Australia, so I hope we can trust it. You can ...
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How to descend a few exposed scrambling moves with minimal equipment?

Basically all answers boil down to the availability of anchors. If there is any fixed anchors like bolts, rapelling would be your best choice. You would have the weight of a harness and a carabiner ...
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Which fingers to use in a 2 finger pocket when rock climbing?

I guess there is no definite answer, but will vary from climber to climber, as I saw both methods applied. I use both depending of the angle of the pocket: I use the two finger so that the middle ...
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What kind of technique is required for bouldering outdoors?

There is no generic answer to your question - it all depends on the kind of boulders you'll encounter on your destination. For example, if you have overhanging jug problems, the technique required is ...
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Why don't trail runners use walking poles?

There are plenty of trail runners who do use poles. They do give you an advantage so some races ban them. If they are banned in a race, training with poles could well be a disadvantage, at least if ...
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Correct way to wield a machete?

I think your particular problem with your ulnar pad has less to do with your technique and more to do with your machete. Your handle looks kind of like the end of a baseball bat. Compare that with my ...
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How to throw a tomahawk

How to throw a tomahawk? First of all get a traditional throwing tomahawk made for this purpose. Never try throwing an axe, a camping hatchet or a non-throwing tomahawk. Tomahawk Throwing ...
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How does one steer a two-person kayak?

In response to this: John- it may not be a control issue- it may be that your wife enjoys exercising competency just as you possibly do and if you are always steering then she is relegated to being a ...
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How to walk on the hot beach or rather hot sand?

Well, it seems that everyone goes with either walk on the wet sand or protect your feet... However, I've done this in the past since I was a kid (overtime you get used to the hot sand): the really hot ...
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How much wood can the average person expect to chop in a day?

Let's elaborate on this shall we? A cord of wood is 4ft wide x 4 ft high x 8 feet long. At 53 years old. Swinging an 8lb wedge, between bucking, splitting and stacking. If I haul a lot of butt, a full ...
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How to quarter an elk in the field

Here is how Bob Robb field dresses his elks. Warning: There are images of actual elks being quartered. Secure the Elk Before any cutting begins, you have to secure the elk, which often has ...
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What are ways to reduce swinging momentum when climbing?

In general the best way to reduce/dampen your swinging is what Desorder mentioned in a comment: You want to exercise your core stability to stop swinging When you strengthen your core then your ...
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Are there any concrete techniques for down climbing?

Down climbing is always harder than climbing up, and more dangerous as well. Most serious injuries on mountains occur during the descent. The technique to down climbing a boulder problem is to ...
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Traversing a knife edge ridge

It really depends. Is it a snow or rock ridge, how long is that section, can you place protection or are there bolts? In the alps many popular routes have been bolted to some degree at critical ...
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What is the proper way to swing an axe when splitting wood?

The axe head weighs around 2-3 pounds. It is a fact that it is harder to lift a weight when both hands are at the opposite end of the handle from the head. To stretch the point, consider a 14 pound ...
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How to walk on wet, slightly rotten wood?

I would treat this exactly like walking on ice: use the penguin technique, i.e. always keep your center of mass above your feet and take small slow steps. Also see What's the best way to avoid ...
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How to walk on the hot beach or rather hot sand?

Unless you're at high tide, walk just below the high tide line. The damp sand is firmer and easier to walk on as well as cooler. To get there, in sandals you can step vertically onto the sand and ...
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How to walk on the hot beach or rather hot sand?

Sandals with straps like a Chaco Or run barefoot first thing in the morning Or run down in the surf
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