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Are wheelchairs allowed in US Wilderness Areas?

According to Section 508 (c) of the American with Disabilities Act, Title V, (1) In general. - Congress reaffirms that nothing in the Wilderness Act [16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.] is to be construed as ...
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What's the most remote place in the contiguous US?

Project Remote was started by a scientifically-minded couple to quantitatively determine the most remote locations in each of the 50 states mainly using the distance to the nearest road or town and ...
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How to temporarily mark a trail?

Today GPS systems are relatively cheap and widely available. You don't even need a dedicated GPS receiver. For example, I often use a Android tablet with a built-in GPS, and software that can record ...
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How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?

TL;DR - First try to identify if the wire is supposed to carry electricity (insulators on posts/wire goes to an electrical box/posted warning signs/ect...). There's really not much you can do to check ...
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How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?

Growing up in rural New Zealand, we often encountered electric fences. Some of them were illegally high-powered to deal with big animals. We tested fences either with the back of our hands or with a ...
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Why did the wolf-pack withdraw from attacking me?

So, first of all there is no alpha male! An alpha male only exists in captive wolf packs but never ever in the wild. Further reading about this topic here for example. The pack you've encountered was ...
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How to protect a body in the wilderness?

Most importantly, the living are more important than the dead. Check your scene safety, something killed that person and you want to make sure that it won't kill you as well. I can't imagine that ...
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Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded

If you're not using the device to find your way, it is useless as far as the GPS functionality is concerned, no matter whether it's switched on or off. If I know they are looking for me, would they ...
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How to protect a body in the wilderness?

The other answers seem good, however there's an extremely important step they have missed. Make sure the person is dead! (And no I don't mean by stabbing them). Some injuries are clearly fatal but ...
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How to temporarily mark a trail?

In the wooded forests near me a practice I've seen is to lean a small stick (maybe 1 or 2 feet long) against a live or standing tree. The stick is natural to the area so it blends in. It will ...
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What's the most remote place in the contiguous US?

The answer to your question is: the middle of the Selway-Bitteroot/River-of-No-Return Wildnerness in Idaho. These are actually two wilderness areas joined together (separated by a single dirt road) ...
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How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?

I understand your question such that you are asking about fences for livestock and alike, not high-security fences. It is your responsibility to check if you could get in danger. If the fence looks ...
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How can I signal for help in the wilderness?

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS? You have three main choices: A dedicated PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) A satellite messenger with added rescue facilities (DeLorme or Spot) Conventional measures such as a ...
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How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?

a fence for horses or cows, Take a grass straw, wet it a little bit, hold it against the fence, if it ticks in your fingers it means the power is on. i always do that do double check before put my ...
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How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?

I have never heard of someone legally setting up a fence with a strong potential good enough to be fatal. That said, it is very much a possibility that the fence might severely injure (or worst case ...
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How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools?

Very easy, get a pair of headphones and put them on your ears, then holding only the rubber part touch the fence with that headphone jack. You should hear a click if an electric current is in the ...
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What's the most remote place in the contiguous US?

Most of the "untouched" places left in North America are that way for a reason, no one wants to touch them. There are loads of barren desserts in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona that people don't ...
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Possible to transform (at least two) smartphones into walkie-talkie like devices?

The answer is, you can do this, but I don't recommend it at all. Wallow talkie apps for the iPhone and android phones should be considered nothing except toys. Firstly, the range of wifi and ...
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How to temporarily mark a trail?

For Search and Rescue work, we use GPS to keep track of what has been searched. Each searcher has a GPS, and after every search assignment we give the GPS to command to download the recorded tracks. ...
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Help identifying this animal

The Bengal slow loris is found in the extreme north east of India, including Arunachal Pradesh. Most of the slow lorises are found further east. I've seen other slow loris species in zoos, and the ...
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Under what wilderness conditions is becoming infested with lice a possibility and what precautions should one take to avoid it?

Lice are passed on by one of two manners. Either by direct contact or indirect contact with someone who is infected with lice. The chances of coming in contact with lice in the wilderness is ...
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What to do if someone gets impaled in the stomach?

To quote from the Wilderness First Responder manual, Large objects found impaled in a wound should be left in place if you can get to a medical facility with relative ease. Yanking on an object can ...
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Optimal use of available GPS devices when stranded

Use the GPS to determine your position and then text or email that to your rescuers. That will be the end of the GPS's contribution to the rescue process. Staying put is generally best (saves your ...
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What are lawful wilderness activities in Canada?

In Ontario, the relevant terminology is "Crown Land". This is land that is not owned by any private entity, and is essentially free for use, however there are some rules. Most of the province is ...
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I am torn between axe or hatchet, what would you recommend?

Personally, I usually take neither. Instead, I bring a sturdy knife and a saw. The knife wouldn't be replaced by hatchet or axe: it is anyways needed for cooking and it is at least as good as a ...
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Do wolves hunt on moonless nights?

There are usually some light sources, even on a moonless night there are stars. Even with thin cloud cover it is not that bad, it blocks some light but also reflects some. Only a really overcast night ...
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How can I tell if a plant is poisonous?

There are no foolproof ways to tell if something you picked in the woods is edible. Figure out what species it is and look it up. If you've got time to wait 8 hours for a reaction you've got time ...
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