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Red River Gorge Summer
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Red River Gorge is one of my favorite places I've climbed and I've only been in the summer months. Yes it is more humid, but it's not unbearable, though I'm from the Southeast so I'm a bit used to ...

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What is the most effective way to keep warm in a Hammock in below freezing weather?
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There a few possible remedies to your cold sleeping woes. You already have most of the appropriate equipment so these are some of my suggestions: For general coolness, first I'd recommend some type ...

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Washing clothes on long hikes
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Find a spot at least 200 ft away from water sources, camp, and trails. (Per LNT guidelines) Place soiled items in a gallon zip-loc bag with water and small amount of concentrated, biodegradable camp ...

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Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
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The three knots you listed are all quite suitable for tying in to a sit harness for rock climbing. The figure eight is the most widely used and most readily and easily inspected, and is not a bad ...

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Toproping with two ropes joined by a double fisherman's
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This is why I would not do what that group was doing. It would be safer to just lead this route and/or do a top-belay if possible. Let's look at this simply from a safety standpoint, and more ...

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Lowering off from anchors vs. rappelling after a climb?
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This applies to most sport situations, but there will by some exceptions. This assumes you have draws or other proper gear at the anchors that are not part of the fixed anchors. Just led the route: ...

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Applications of a slip knot in climbing?
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Slippery versions of knots/hitches are very useful in many applications, but have limited use in climbing. But there is one application for which I often use a slippery overhand knot. In Sport ...

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How to dry Gore-Tex boots in the field
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Without having to carry any extra items and thus extra weight, this is what you can do to dry your boots, Gore-tex or otherwise, in the field, in above-freezing temperatures: Prevention: Make every ...

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How to get started on canyoning?
9 votes

Quite simply, find someone else who is doing this and has been doing it for a quite a while and is willing to teach you. This sport is quite technical, and you can't do it (safely) alone anyway. One ...

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What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
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First do a proper assessment and determine that it's actually a dislocation and not another problem or that there isn't also another injury in addition to the dislocation. This requires the proper ...

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What material is the wick under the burner on a multi-fuel stove?
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8 votes

As seen in the photos of the repair kits below, the wick is the fabric-like material which is made of fiberglass. It doesn't burn but does eventually degrade when exposed to the high heat of a stove. ...

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Can I upgrade my MSR Wisperlite International to also be able to burn propane?
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7 votes

This question honestly could be too localized on these specific products. However, considering the ubiquity of these stoves I find it is probably quite useful information to know if they could have ...

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What precautions are needed for caving?
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This began as a comment but quickly began to grow, so I suppose now it's my supplementary answer to studiohack's great answer. Personal Experience - If you haven't been to any caves at all, explore a ...

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Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
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First, this answer is not a substitute for proper training. I recommend taking a class in Wilderness First Aid or higher to be better prepared for things like treating hypothermic people. Second, ...

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What to do with old hydration bladders?
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11 votes

I would try these options below in order, if you haven't already done so. Repair Contact the manufacturer or a retailer that sells that brand. There is a good chance they might fix them under ...

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Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
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In peak season (late spring/summer) most trail etiquette on the AT relates to thru-hikers, but not all of it, and generally is about the same on the whole trail. Thru-hikers are of course those who ...

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Things to keep away from climbing ropes
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The following references from a few major rope manufacturers cover rope care thoroughly. Please see the bottom of this answer for a summary. From Bluewater Ropes: Avoid stepping on your rope. Beside ...

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Safe way to mark a carabiner gate?
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10 votes

The method by which carabiners in any color are coated (either gate or body) is anodizing, which is going to be nearly impossible to sufficiently replicate with anything practical and cost-effective ...

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Sleeping in twos in one hammock
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30 votes

There is another post in which my answer deals with this question among other things. I have not yet met anyone that has tried to sleep with two people in a hammock that still practices it. I have ...

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Fixing a Jetboil igniter
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8 votes

Remove the igniter from the stove. Take a fine file or sandpaper and make sure there is only clean metal on the electrode tip. Often times these get corroded and dirty. Use a Scotch-Brite pad or steel ...

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Do bear-safe rules still apply in the winter?
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Some reasons for leeway: Regulations allow for it. Each park and wilderness area have their own rules and regulations. Some may allow for relaxed practices during known hibernation periods of their ...

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How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
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Sometimes you don't have a place to submerge your pad to find leaks, or it's just too cumbersome to do so. Here is a method for leak-finding that can be done at home or in the field: (Note the ...

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Difference between a Fingerboard and a Hangboard
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A fingerboard, hangboard, and training board all refer to the same thing: a device used to train for climbing that mounts on a wall or other vertical surface to improve strength and endurance. What ...

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What are the downsides to sleeping in a hammock on a multi-day hike?
52 votes

I've been a hammock backpacker for about three and a half years now. I love it. There's not a better way to backpack in the summer in my opinion. But despite numerous advantages to hammocking, there ...

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What makes nylon an effective material for hiking pants?
17 votes

Nylon, among other synthetics, is an ideal material for clothing for most outdoor pursuits for several reasons. I will use the example of cotton as the traditional fabric for comparison: Durability: ...

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Is there a large difference in WFA (Wilderness First Aid) programs?
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The organization I work with has used NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute for training in Wilderness First Aid for several years until this past one when we switched to American Red Cross's Wilderness &...

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What kind of Tyvek is suitable for footprint material
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12 votes

From what I've discovered there are really two main types of Tyvek: hard-structure and soft-structure. The numbers you refer to are variations in applications of the two types. Hard-structure, type 10,...

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Preferred way to wrap someone with Hypothermia?
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I would like to add to berry120's answer with my own. I thought of suggesting this as an edit but thought adding an answer was more appropriate. What he said is correct, however I think it is ...

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What can I use to label my medicine tubes?
7 votes

I've personally found paint pens to work quite well. You can find them at Wal-Mart in the craft section and most likely any craft store. They are the brand "Painters" made by Elmer's. I use the ones ...

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