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Why do I always wake up freezing?

As to why you're still cold with those specs: it happens to me as well, and I think the specs are for the 'average' person meaning not only average amount of body fat but also average temperature ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

If one looks at the list on Wikipedia of fatal attacks, one will notice that fatal cougar attacks are pretty rare. At least 20 people in North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, ...
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Why do I always wake up freezing?

If you're consistently cold in your sleeping system, then you need to change your system. An adequate sleep system for cold weather constitutes two sleeping pads: a solid foam sleeping pad underneath ...
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How can I protect myself in case of a human attack like the murders of the hikers Jespersen and Ueland in Morocco?

What mistakes did these girls make during their camping trip? I don't know that they made any glaring mistakes. The only caution I would note (and you'll see that it's of limited value in this ...
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Why do I always wake up freezing?

Here are some other things you can try, Fill a water bottle with hot water, wrap it in a t-shirt and put that inside your sleeping bag. Don't drink warm tea before you go to bed, as that will ...
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How can I protect myself in case of a human attack like the murders of the hikers Jespersen and Ueland in Morocco?

The way to protect yourself against attacks like this is to greatly reduce the probability of being attacked. Granted, you can be attacked anywhere (Yosemite, the Appalachian Trail) for any reason or ...
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Are there wild camping rules in Scotland?

This sounds like a great idea. Wild camping is permited under the Land Reform Act. Outdooraccess-scotland have put together a useful summary of how it relates to your access rights. Key points from ...
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What's a good place for a beginner to go backcountry camping in Oregon and California?

I'll answer the slightly broader question "How should I plan my first backpacking trip in Oregon or California?" (with emphasis on California, since that is the area I know best) Since you are ...
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What is the best way to manage Scottish midges?

I've been battling the little buggers for half a century. Here's what I've learned. Take them seriously! Most of the time they're only a minor irritant, but at their worst they're very nasty. I've ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

Since 2000 there are only 3 recorded death by cougar in North America and all of those were day time. wiki Cougar attacks are up but still rare on the west coast. Up in CA as partly because ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

It depends largely on the hammock size and personal preference. My friend's hammock has mesh gear pockets on the underside for storage, but he doesn't mind sleeping with the boots on or inside the ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

Cougars principally hunt at dawn and dusk. If you're small, don't be alone at those times of day. Regular sized adults are generally too big for a cougar to consider as prey. Avoid animal carcasses. ...
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How to defend from animals while camping (golden jackals, boars, foxes)?

Real life is not a video game. In most places in the world you don't have to "defend" from animals attacking you or your camp. Unless maybe if you count mosquitoes or other similar pests. ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

Having been in the same situation and tried various scenarios, I've found the best way for hanging my boots is to keep a carabiner with me. I hook it on the loops on the back of my boots and hang that ...
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Why do I always wake up freezing?

A point others haven't stressed enough is that the sleeping bag specs I have encountered are way off, in my experience. My experience is that the sleeping bag should be as warm as possible, under ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

I was backpacking with my nine-year-old daughter two years ago in Oregon near Mt. Hood. I awoke (in our tent) to the noise of a cougar walking around outside. I assumed it was a black bear and didn't ...
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How can I protect myself in case of a human attack like the murders of the hikers Jespersen and Ueland in Morocco?

I'd like to first say that I'm not sure that these suggestions would have helped the hikers described in the post. Here are some suggestions which may help to avoid human threats. Camp relatively ...
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On a coast to coast walk across Scotland, which areas would require the most self-sufficiency?

There are a large range nice routes you could do. Generally, I would say the further North you go the wilder/more remote it will be. Although if you go really far North, the options for Munros does ...
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What are the laws for backcountry ("dispersed") camping in the US?

Throughout the entire US the law boils down to this: Whether government or citizen owned, you cannot travel on land without the landowners permission. Doing can result in charges from criminal ...
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Legal deep-woods campsites or forests that allow off-trail hiking and ad hoc camping in Maryland?

Unless otherwise indicated by specific restrictions that supercede the default, U.S. National Forests generally allow backcountry camping anywhere you choose. They also generally allow dispersed ...
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Why do I always wake up freezing?

Putting together a lot of ideas already covered and adding some tips I've gotten over time. I don't have much natural insulation and get cold easily, so these tips have all been important for me. ...
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How effective is sulfur for delousing my camp?

Yes, sulfur is non toxic and very effective at controlling the itching and repelling horse lice, body lice and other mites. But that said, I would not recommend delousing your entire camp with ...
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How do you protect yourself against crocodiles when you have no option but to camp on the banks of a croc-infested river?

If I were in such a situation, and not alone, my best bet would be rotating shifts of sentry. When its about camping, the whole problem escalates when everyone is asleep, or more evidently when ...
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Logic of Bivvy Bag for the U.K?

The variability of the UK weather means that light options can be realistic. Last year I had a week in Scotland sleeping under a tarp in a lightweight sleeping bag, with no rain. Some people use a ...
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For multi-day trips on a road bike - What is the most efficient bike pack set up?

I did something very similar last year, solo. In fact, this is my camping spot on the banks of Loch Lomond, the last night of the trip. Here's some detail on my tarp setup, using the bike as a pole (...
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Why do some prefer methane to cook food

I've never heard of a methane stove for camping but I can give some justification as to why you would not want to use it. Since methane has a much higher vapor pressure at room temperature than e.g. ...
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Are there any areas in Southeast Asia where it would be safe to wild-camp with a tent in the mountains?

I've been to various countries in the list (more than once in some of them). I don't think you're going to find wild camp in some of them. I've been to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and most ...
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How to confirm/remove ticks in tough spots when alone?

Determining whether it's a tick If you have a digital camera or mobile phone with you, you could try photographing your suspected tick. I don't have a tick handy for testing purposes, but I just ...
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