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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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What are the dangers of walking barefoot in towns/cities?

My family walks around barefoot all the time, not just in the summer. We used to live in Santa Clara County, California, but now live in Humboldt County of the same state. We've never had any ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

Firstly, safety. Stepping or leaning on a rotten log is not fun if you end up going through it (Dynadin did it when Geocaching and ended up with a large number of scratches down one arm, and it could ...
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What are the dangers of walking barefoot in towns/cities?

In my town, which is a neighborhood in a suburban location in Massachusetts, barefoot walking is common once the summer starts. I'm old and stay cold longer than most, so I don't even switch over to ...
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Why is it tiring to "keep down" with a slower person on a walk or hike?

In general every individual has a natural walking cadence (steps per minute) and they vary their actual speed by increasing or decreasing stride length. Even amongst a very fit group the most ...
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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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What kind of baby carrier is best for use walking and climbing in the hills?

All our kids have been coming on hikes with us since they were newborns. We have two types of baby carrying hiking packs, two more snuggly baby carriers, and a variety of baby wraps. The answer to ...
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What to wear to walk to showers: clothes or towel?

I wear my swimming trunks to the shower. My wife wears a pull over sun dress (light weight, thigh length). We wear our shower shoes, we carry our towels and shower supplies. We usually just take ...
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What is a so called "Weiderost" (cattle guards)?

In North America they're called cattle guards, or Texas gates, and they are everywhere (where I'm from at least). They're intended to replace a conventional gate by discouraging livestock from ...
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Is it possible to walk from the UK/France to Georgia?

Since you're asking how to get from the UK to somewhere, I'll assume you're an UK citizen. Below you'll find a picture that shows your visa requirements. You have two options: coming from above (...
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What is a so called "Weiderost" (cattle guards)?

There are different kind of obstacles so that farm animals like cows on alpine pastures stay in the related territory. If you hike, you often pass little doors or Z-shaped wooden obstacles or have to ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

It means to be mindful of what you do, how and where you move, what you do to your environment and so on. Aside the topics mentioned by @Aravona (security, noise), it may mean to avoid unintended ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

This statement is one of those pieces of wisdom that sounds profound, but isn't. Following this advice can lead you into trouble as easily as it can help you avoid trouble. The other answers have ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

I have always heard this in a hiking context, where it is fatigue and safety related. There is also a 'second verse' in the version I was taught: dont step on something you can step around. It is ...
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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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What is the best type of shoe to wear for crossing deep rivers?

I guess the answer really is It depends As a general purpose solution I normally bring sturdy trekking/hiking sandals on my trips. Something like the models from Teva for example (many pictures on ...
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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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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

The canonical reason for this (in a hiking context, where noise is not an issue but fatigue can be) is that it saves effort. Think about the physics -- when you step up on to a log, you are doing ...
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What precautions should we take in situations when hiking or walking through tall grass?

When you mentioned tall grass, snakes weren't the first thing that came to my mind. Snakes can hide in plain site, let aside the taller grass. They typically want to hide, unless you aren't really ...
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What are some blind-friendly wildlife trails in or including Massachusetts?

One excellent idea is a trip to the sanctuaries owned by the Mass Audubon Society. They have an exciting program called The Accessible Trails Project. Our goal is to connect as many people as ...
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What kind of baby carrier is best for use walking and climbing in the hills?

As a supplement to @ShemSeger's answer, NZ rucksack makers Aarn offer clip-on front pockets that help counterbalance the weight of a kid on your back if you're using a carrier with a waist-belt and ...
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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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Luzern: Walking from Pilatus Kulm to Frakigaudi Toboggan

I have done this hike, up one path and down the other: I would class them both as T3 (challenging mountain hike) on the official hiking scale (explanation). You will definitely need hiking boots with ...
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What is the best type of shoe to wear for crossing deep rivers?

Any kayaking shop will have a selection of both shoes and boots designed for this. While you can get them with thin soles, I recommend thicker soles if you're mainly wearing them on rocky river beds ...
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What is the best type of shoe to wear for crossing deep rivers?

I've owned pairs of both Keen and Ecco sandals, and have been quite happy with both. They each have solid leather construction with comfortable padding on the inside, and they tend to hold up well. ...
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What kind of creme could Ueli Steck be possibly using and why?

I asked Ueli Steck as @fgysin suggested and got the following answer: It is "Sportusal Spray". This is a spray stimulating the blood flow. For more information have a look at the medication here: ...
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What are the dangers of walking barefoot in towns/cities?

I can't answer about a small town in Canada, so I will answer about my own small town (really just a village center) in northern Virginia. I don't think there would be any great physical dangers here ...
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What is the best type of shoe to wear for crossing deep rivers?

If you are only going to use them to cross rivers and you are wanting to save on weight / space, I would suggest some neoprene booties. Surf or diving booties will do just fine. Some are like a ...
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What are the dangers of walking barefoot in towns/cities?

The "worms" your mother mentions are likely hookworms, which in some regions can be acquired by walking barefoot. I've heard several sources say that they can be found in the southern US, which is ...
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