phipsgabler
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"Official" providers of topographic maps per country
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Europe Austria: The Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (BEV, "Federal bureau for metrology and surveying") publishes the ÖK50 series in scale 1:50000, covering the whole country. ...

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How do tree trunks get chevron patterns in the bark?
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13 votes

Very cool picture! That pattern must be quite old, I guess. I'm quite sure this tree is some kind of pine, judging by the bark, so this seems to be a remainder of resin harvesting, which was a common ...

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What animals pose a threat to humans in the Vienna Woods/Wienerwald?
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10 votes

I am Austrian. There are realistically no animal dangers one worries about when going into nature in Austria, but let's analyse a few candidates rationally. The following holds for most of Austria, ...

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Do I need a rope on the Großglockner?
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You do need a rope party or guide. The climbing is not major, but it is not a via ferrata. From here: Von der Adlersruh dann weiter Richtung Gipfel geht es über das "Eisleitl", zuerst ...

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How do you wave off a search and rescue helicopter?
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There used to be an article on the homepage of the Austrian mountain rescue service concerning behaviour during helicopter rescues, originally published in Berg und Steigen 3/02 (a professional ...

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Other than good shoes and a stick, what are some ways to preserve your knees on long hikes?
6 votes

A friend of mine with knee problems uses some kind of "knee support bandages" for all of his hiking, claiming that they help him a lot. I'm unsure about the right term for that purpose (there are ...

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What are some good hydration solutions for long winter hikes?
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For the few day-hikes I did at around the freezing point of water, I still used a Camelbak-like thing (actually from Deuter). There was never a danger of freezing inside my backpack, but I kept it ...

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Maps showing forest type
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If the level of detail in printed topo maps satisfies you, then Outdooractive Pro seems to cover that, at least for some countries. It claims to have Swisstopo, Kompass, DAV/ÖAV, as well as a range ...

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How to sharpen the line cutter/gut hook on a knife?
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There are also ways to use sharpening stones for this purpose in some cases. Probably not useful for gut hooks, but if the radius of curvature is large enough, you can use form stones, which are ...

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