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How does one dry clothes in humid weather?
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Humidity Keeping clothing dry in normal weather can be challenging, but high humidity or precipitation regions can make this even more difficult. That's because humidity is really a "relative" ...

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How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?
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First - Assess the situation and determine if an active rescue is possible and safe. Many would-be rescuers are caught or killed in follow up avalanches because they acted without assessing the ...

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Synthetic vs Down sleeping bags?
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The answer is very dependent on the prevailing weather conditions where you are active, and what your budget is Synthetic Advantages: Lower overall price. Maintains thermal properties when wet. ...

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Plastic or fiberglass for a kayak?
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The differences between a "roto-molded" plastic and a hand made fiberglass boat are quite substantial. Plastic Kayaks Advantages Will be much less expensive than a comparable fiber boat. Will be ...

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Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
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No, a tent will not give you any protection from bears that want what's inside. If you want to use one thats fine, but don't go getting a false sense of security. In some ways a tent could be an ...

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Climbing rope is rated to X UIAA falls. What is a UIAA fall?
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Although I am not a lab technician it is important to understand the dynamics at play in these tests. Below is the best example I have read on the subject. For the full article please read below. ...

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How to deal with wet feet?
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After dealing with a lot of wet feet issues I have learned some tricks. Keeping feet dry While hiking, use gaitors that come above your socks and divert water away from the wicking material. Keep ...

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How can I improve my footwork while rock-climbing?
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The best ways I found to improve foot work are the following: Climb routes which are less than vertical (slabs are great) I know this sounds obvious, but seriously, just climb slabs and low angle ...

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How do I set a top rope anchor?
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First - Please do not only rely on answers in this site for creating top rope anchors. This is something that your life depends on, or the life of someone you care about, take it seriously. Seek the ...

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Washing clothes on long hikes
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When washing in the backcountry there are some techniques and considerations that will benefit yourself and the pristine wilderness you are traveling within. Don't ever wash near a water source, you ...

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Is it better to camp in a disturbed area, or pick a new spot and let the first rest?
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This is a classic Leave-no-trace (LNT) case study. If the site you are considering is in a pristine wilderness area, and it is not a designated campsite, you should locate your campsite away from ...

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What are the options for kayak self-rescue without a paddle float?
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Being without a sold "roll", partner, or paddle float can make it quite challenging for a novice to re-enter their kayak after a capsize. However there are techniques which will make it easier to get ...

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Which will drain less body heat: lying on bare earth or bare rock?
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From experience I can tell you that lying on rock is the most effective way to become cold over night. Bare Earth Has at least some air gaps in the soil, which insulate (not too much). If there is ...

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What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?
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This is an extremely deep topic which has entire forum sites dedicated to it. However I will attempt to summarize the key points for the average enthusiast. First - Don't ever travel into ...

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What should I look for when buying a Lensatic Compass
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Lensatic Compasses are often used by the military, because the are: Reliable Durable Compact Stealthy (more on this) The things that I would look for in a lensatic compass are: Solid outer casing ...

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How can I make a footprint for a tent?
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From my experience there are two good ways to do this depending on the weather conditions you expect to encounter. Place waterproof tarp outside tent Good for rain conditions or where rocks and ...

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What things should I look for when buying a compass?
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As far as compasses are concerned I look for several things: Sealed liquid needle enclosure Creates a much easier to read measurement. Latching lid, to cover the needle and housing. Rotating bezel ...

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What would be a safe ascent rate when mountaineering?
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According the the UIAA: International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation After 8850 feet a rate of 1250 feet per day above the previous days sleeping altitude is a generally appropriate rate of ...

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What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?
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The knot(s) I would use are: Bowline knot to one side of the rack Throw line over object, under rack, then back over object. Use truckers hitch, backed up with 2-3 reversing half hitches. If there ...

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What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
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Building Grip Strength Your best chances to improve your fingertip strength is performing excercises specific to those ligaments at or near body weight. Balls, rings, and grip springs are good for ...

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What is the difference between camber and rocker shaped snowboards?
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Camber - Where the ski or snowboard creates a slightly concave shape in relation to the snow surface. Better hard snow and ice grip. Makes the board or ski "carve" the snow. Rocker - Where the ski ...

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Is there a large difference in WFA (Wilderness First Aid) programs?
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Yes there are significant differences in teaching style and content. Although the general concepts covered will be the same from curriculum to curriculum, the presentation style, and specific ...

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How long is too long to suffer from constipation in the back country?
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After leading a number of trips in the backcountry I've had some experience with greenhorns experiencing this unfortunate reality. Everyone's Body is different Some people will need pass a BM every ...

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Does drinking alcohol cause problems at altitude?
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The effects of alcohol are exacerbated at altitude, each ounce of alcoholic beverage will have a greater perceived effect on the consumer. This is in part due to the lower oxygen level in the blood of ...

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How do I tie a stopper knot?
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You need to use a figure-eight knot, because if it is weighted you can still untie it. There are lots of knots to use, but figure-eights are the most common for this reason. Figure-eight - animated ...

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How can I get rid of mold on climbing skins for skis?
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Some things I have used to keep my skins in good shape Use mild detergent to wash the hairs with a sponge Don't get this on the sticky layer Spray with a 5% bleach solution and let dry, then rinse ...

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If I lose my compass, what is the easiest way to identify and follow a heading?
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You cannot effectively navigate a bearing without a compass. However if you loose your compass, break it, or otherwise forget it, all is not lost. You will need several items to fix this situation. ...

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Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
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The thermal conductivity of air is 0.000057 The thermal conductivity of water is 0.0014 Therefore water is 24.5 times more conductive than air, and has a temperature above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The ...

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