Skip to main content
47 votes
Accepted

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 ...
fyrepenguin's user avatar
  • 2,529
34 votes

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 ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
  • 21.4k
21 votes

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 ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
20 votes

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 ...
Tim B's user avatar
  • 947
19 votes

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 ...
Kimball's user avatar
  • 557
13 votes

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. ...
fgysin's user avatar
  • 13k
12 votes

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. ...
KeithB's user avatar
  • 221
12 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
12 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 26.7k
11 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Ken Graham's user avatar
  • 9,609
10 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Cameron Roberts's user avatar
10 votes
Accepted

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 ...
cbeleites's user avatar
  • 4,278
10 votes

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 ...
user3067860's user avatar
  • 1,287
9 votes
Accepted

Is it within Leave No Trace to spread someone's ashes in a wilderness area?

It is, however there are some guidelines to follow, and if it happens inside a national park in the United States, a permit may be required. The guidelines are, The ashes should be scattered and ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

What group of people call themselves "Outdoor Influencers", and what do they do regarding natural areas of land?

Basically it's people with large social media followings who use their influence on those platforms, especially Instagram, to influence people to visit outdoor places, buy outdoor things and support ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
9 votes

Camping alone in the wilderness in the USA

The short answer is Yes, but. I will confine my answer to the California Sierra, because that is the area I know best. You can certainly camp for days without seeing anybody, except possibly in the ...
ab2's user avatar
  • 24k
8 votes

How to process iron in the wilderness?

Iron ore is called hematite. It's pretty simple to identify, just look for red rocks that appear to be rusting. Iron is the 4th most abundant element on earth, so it's pretty common in most areas. ...
ShemSeger's user avatar
  • 53.6k
8 votes

What are the arguments for and against allowing bicycles in wilderness areas in the US?

I'm a cyclist on the side of people being allowed to ride on trails in National Parks. The arguments for are simple: allow bikes so cyclists can enjoy nature while doing a healthy activity they also ...
ShemSeger's user avatar
  • 53.6k
8 votes

What are lawful wilderness activities in Canada?

It really depends on which province you are moving to and how far you are willing to go from urban centers. First off, stay away from any private property. While my activities can sometimes bring me ...
Gabriel's user avatar
  • 5,055
8 votes

Is there clay soil in the Adirondacks suitable for earthen primitive building?

I read the question more as "Does what I want exist here?" rather than "Is the stuff here going to be good enough quality?" So my answer was initially in that light. OP shows in comment that what was ...
Loduwijk's user avatar
  • 3,566
8 votes

Are wheelchairs allowed in US Wilderness Areas?

It's worth mentioning that many wilderness areas have very convoluted boundaries that provide access to the margins of these areas. Trapper's Lake campground isn't wilderness, nor is the access road, ...
Phil Sweet's user avatar
8 votes

Portable antenna for better phone reception when hiking remote areas?

If you are mainly concerned about emergencies I would seriously consider a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) as a substitute. PLBs do not depend on the cellphone system. They talk directly to satellites, ...
DJClayworth's user avatar
  • 1,801
7 votes
Accepted

How to process iron in the wilderness?

The simplest way of smelting iron is a bloomery furnace. This is essentially a beehive shaped structure, covered in clay and containing alternating layers of charcoal and iron ore with openings top ...
Chris Johns's user avatar
  • 6,212
7 votes

How to protect a body in the wilderness?

Stay with the body until authorities arrive. If there are no other people around: call the police using your mobile phone (near civilisation) or satellite phone (far from civilisation). If you don't ...
gerrit's user avatar
  • 27.3k
7 votes

How to temporarily mark a trail?

The easiest way to do this is to turn on the tracking function of your GPS or mark it as a waypoint. Then you can simply follow your track backwards or navigate to the waypoint.
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
7 votes

How to temporarily mark a trail?

I basically agree with Olin's answer. You can't just put anything on a land you don't own. Even if you own it, you shouldn't because of the leave-no-trace stuff :) Still, there is something which is ...
OddDeer's user avatar
  • 23.5k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible