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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Pheasant shooters will almost certainly be using shotguns, not rifles. A shotgun cartridge contains many small pellets, and they lose their velocity much more rapidly than bullets do. In fact, their ...
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How to begin trail / fell running?

A few random tips from many years of mountain running: There is no shame in walking part or all the way up a long hill. The best runners in the world do it. Pick destinations that excite you, even ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Falling birdshot stings a little, but I've never known it break the skin. It's no worse than having a 5p piece dropped on you from a couple of feet up. If you're on a public footpath, guns may not ...
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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 is elevation gain and change measured for hiking trails?

There are three different ways of describing elevation gain/change for hikes. The least useful – and sadly a very common – method is simply to subtract the starting elevation from the ...
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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 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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How to begin trail / fell running?

In general there is nothing better than what you said: Go select a hill and start running. If you have (possibly experienced) company all the better. There is one point that you should keep in mind ...
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How to begin trail / fell running?

Adding on to the other excellent answers, here would be a few of my additional tips: Try to pay more attention to the difficulty of a hiking trail before committing to running it. Consider working ...
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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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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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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

The likelihood of you getting hit is difficult to estimate, but it's very, very improbable that you'd be struck randomly by falling shot. It'd be hard to make that arcing shot of hundreds of yards ...
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How to begin trail / fell running?

The basis is indeed "find a trail and run it". Or for fell running "found a summit and run up and down it". I like to stress this first of all, because all the well-meant (and very sound!) advice ...
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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 likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

@WeatherVane is spot on, there is a specified safe distance for all kinds of projectiles, depending on what is being shot they simply cannot fly farther no matter how it was aimed. If they are ...
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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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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 is elevation gain and change measured for hiking trails?

You almost have it, you don't count the downhills. In running, cycling, and mountaineering, cumulative elevation gain refers to the sum of every gain in elevation throughout an entire trip. It is ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

I performed a calculation using the Chairgun app, which includes ballistic data for a .177 round lead ball. Birdshot is even smaller than this, so it would lose energy even faster than the calculation ...
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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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Was the young cougar who attacked a runner recently in Colorado likely to have been old enough to live independently of its mother?

It probably was, as 50 lbs is way beyond the size at which they are weaned. However, mountain lion cubs will stay with the mom for up to 18 months. Female cougars probably begin leading their kittens ...
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How is elevation gain and change measured for hiking trails?

I use total elevation change -- where down is also counted as well as up. I find that downhill (especially steep downhill) also slows down horizontal travel, so when estimating time for a trail, I ...
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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 likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Just to add to previous answers. Mythbusters worked on this problem. They fired 9mm bullets in the air (which would be anywhere from 90-125 grains) and found that it would hurt but not injure you, and ...
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How to descend a few exposed scrambling moves with minimal equipment?

2-3 m is a nice short distance. A technique I've used only once is having two cams on two doubles (a double is a double-length runner that would normally go from the protection to the rope). Put ...
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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 begin trail / fell running?

Besides the good answers above, think about your breathing technique and step length. First, adjust your breathing, when running uphill short distances you can increase your breathing speed (e.g. ...

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