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Travelling and taking climbing chalk through customs

Customs may complain, but not likely. I'd make sure to pack it with your climbing gear, along with the chalk packaging. If customs suspect drugs, a simple test will confirm it for them. However, ...
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Best field remedy for small cockroach in the ear

A few drops of baby oil (light nontoxic mineral oil) to suffocate the cockroach, then blunt tweezers or alligator forceps to carefully remove it once dead and motionless, if it is visible and easily ...
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How can I organise an expedition to the arctic?

The short answer is - you can't do an expedition. It takes lots of time, money and effort to organize an expedition and requires experience. Your best bet for visiting the Arctic (anywhere above the ...
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How dangerous is it to swim in the Amazon river?

There's no way to answer this question without asking another - where on the Amazon do you intend to swim? This is the largest river system in the world, with the greatest outflow of any river - so ...
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Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

The short answer is "not really". At least within the US, liquids with an alcohol content of 70% or greater are not permitted in checked bags or carry-on, and those are the most likely of ...
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Is it possible to drive through the Simpson Desert in an AWD?

Short answer - if you have to ask, you most certainly shouldn't do it! The Simpson is regarded as one of the ultimate challenges for cross-country drivers. There are no easy routes, and the dangers ...
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How dangerous is it to swim in the Amazon river?

If you are worried about wildlife, not very dangerous. Swim with other people and from a boat rather than from shore. Biggest threat is probably drowning. The major threats: Sting Rays – Purported by ...
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Is it possible to drive through the Simpson Desert in an AWD?

As @Tullochgorum said, the Simpson is a very dangerous area, but it certainly looks beautiful! It's broken down into many sections, and since I don't know your level of off-road driving, I wouldn't ...
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Travelling to the Kruger National Park

Firstly, August is a good time to go to the Kruger park as it is winter and the day time temperature a bit more bearable than in mid summer (December). Also, winter is the dry season, so the ...
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Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

I would avoid man-made fuel based stoves all together and just use a titanium wood burning stove. They are also great for areas were large fires are prohibited, but you just want the comfort of a very ...
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Travel trailer with pets during a tornado

If you don't have a shelter, then you want to find somewhere as safe as possible with solid walls surrounding you, at the core of your building. Garages don't usually fulfil this role, as while you ...
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Outer Layer Recommendation Question

What you certainly need: Water proof - well that's a must as your top outer layer. Make sure to not simply get something water resistant (like some soft shells), but pick a jacket that offers some ...
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Driving in Alaska - Antispray device

I used to live in Washington state. There are similar regulations there. As Charlie says in his comment this is "legalese for mud flaps" For passenger cars it is integral to the cars design. Think ...
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Best field remedy for small cockroach in the ear

I would follow the advice of the Mayo Clinic. Remove the object if possible. If the object is clearly visible, pliable and can be grasped easily with tweezers, gently remove it. This is somewhat ...
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How can I organise an expedition to the arctic?

Buy a ticket to Grise Fjord. That's pretty arcticy. (No plants bigger than mosses, lots of rock.) Ok more seriously, if you want to go on your own, you need to acquire some skills first. ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

While an answer shows that takedown compounds have existed in the past, it's almost certain that they will never return. Instead, hunting compounds have opted to go for very short ATA(Axle to axle) ...
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Travelling and taking climbing chalk through customs

I've carried all my climbing gear when travelling as carry on with no problems in NZ, Australia, UK, and Europe - chalk and full trad rack included. For travel in Canada, I had it all in checked ...
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Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

Fuels tend to be prohibited on commercial flights, by definition. There are a variety of solid fuel stoves which are popular with bushcrafters and day campers although these tend to be relatively ...
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Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

If it is going to produce enough heat to cook a plane is going to have problems with it. A solid fuel is very stable and not likely to cause a problem. For sure don't cheat with a compressed gas ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

Here's an old video of a Fred Bear Borsalino take-Down compound bow being taken down and put back together. There is also a Fred Bear TRX 32 take-down compound bow on ebay. I didn't see any of these ...
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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?

Possibly, but I highly doubt it. The thing is that it's not that easy to restring a compound bow and most people would probably pay someone else to do it for them. Recurve bows are much easier to ...
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Is it possible to drive through the Simpson Desert in an AWD?

The answer of @Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL is very comprehensive and is a must to read. The vehicle may be capable but the user isn't and that's the biggest problem with touring remotely. AWD vehicles ...
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Is there anywhere to dive in the Mediterranean that's like the Red Sea?

Malta, or more precisely Gozo, a small island right next to the main island, is a very well liked destination for divers within the EU. Friends of mine go there regularly.
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How dangerous is it to swim in the Amazon river?

The danger specifically of piranhas depends on the time of year. Around Manaus the water is high during the rainy season (October to March) and it may be ok to swim (bearing in mind bob1's answer). ...
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What type of pants would be durable and suitable for outdoors in all kind of climates?

When faced with many different conditions, the main requirement you need to fill is versatility. My favorite pants, by far, are the ones from Fjällräven. They do what most good outdoors/trecking ...
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Outer Layer Recommendation Question

Definitely make certain it’s lightweight and waterproof. Protecting your down jacket from wet weather is essential. Wet down will not keep you warm. Armpit vents make it breathable and are helpful ...
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Is it safe to carry propane gas cylinder in minivan?

There may be restrictions in tunnels or ferries. For example BC Ferries states Remember, all dangerous goods must be declared at the terminal ticket booth or to a vessel officer. Failure to declare ...
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Is it safe to carry propane gas cylinder in minivan?

A 20lb Propane tank can be safely transported in your mini van. It can also be transported unsafely. Safely: up right, secured, ventilated, kept cool Unsafely: on its side, not tied down, un-...
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Is it safe to carry propane gas cylinder in minivan?

Storage methods for propane tanks: Ensure the area is well-ventilated Make sure that the tank is upright at all times Keep the surrounding temperatures low by avoiding direct sunlight during summer ...
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