Don Branson
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What are the benefits of saving bats?
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They're part of the ecosystem. If they go away, it creates an imbalance that can't be fixed. Simple example, they eat huge numbers of mosquitoes. Kill the bats, and you free the mosquitoes to multiply ...

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Caught in the rain without rainwear or raingear
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So, if you're caught off-guard, you won't have anything with you that offers direct protection, such as: raincoat, poncho, garbage bag, tarp, or any other portable shelter. It also means that you won'...

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Should I close a cathole (toilet-hole) at night?
6 votes

Based on Rickeyship's feedback, I'm changing my answer. Environmental Context The answer depends on your environment, so try to find out what makes sense in the context of where you'll be. My ...

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When using "Gap aiming method" do I leave both eyes open?
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When gap shooting or shooting a bow in general, there are a couple of advantages to keeping both eyes open. One is that having both eyes open gives you some amount of depth perception, so you can see ...

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How to secure wild Red Eared turtle eggs from predators?
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There are a number of considerations here, so getting educated is the first step in responding to the Red Eared sliders. There could be positive and negative effects. Contact your local conservation ...

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How long can I trust the purity of water in a water bottle?
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No, don't worry. At least in the US, and presumably a number of other countries, there are organizations that set the safety standards pretty high. As a result, IMHO, we've become much more suspicious ...

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What are the key sights to see on a short trip through Oregon?
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It's not at all too much for 2 weeks, even without rushing. I've done a couple trips from St. Louis out to CA this way. You're asking the right question, IMHO. Make a list of the must-see locations, ...

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How can I find north from the stars without recognizable constellations?
5 votes

Since you didn't limit the star(s) used, I'll give an example using the Sun. During the day, put a stick in the ground such that it casts a shadow. Mark the end of the shadow with another stick. Wait ...

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Drawing a crossbow with or without drawing apparatus
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If I had done a little more homework, I would have found a manual online for this closely related bow. It describes drawing the bow either way. http://www.strykerxbow.com/downloads/OMDesertStryker07....

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What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
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I don't get condensation under my tarp, not in general, even after several hours in a heavy downpour. I don't pitch it over vegetation, in general. I did have condensation one time when I had it ...

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What is the recommended wilderness first aid treatment for a scorpion sting?
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I don't know what's recommended. I carry a Sawyer Extractor for snakebites. I've used it on a spider bite and various insect bites. It works by using a vacuum to extract the venom or whatever has ...

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Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
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That's the rule on the Ozark Trail and the Appalachian Trail, to the best of my recollection. However - many times the ground is just rock surrounded by bits of dirt. Do the best you can and use your ...

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Are trekking poles proven to be helpful?
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There are people who swear by poles, and there are people hiking into their eighties without poles or knee trouble. Part of it is genetics, part of it is being intelligent about hiking. Poles may help ...

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Are water purification tablets safe?
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I currently use a Sawyer Filter without using purification. I carry iodine tablets as a backup. Iodine's been in use for decades, and I don't worry at all about using them when necessary. Ray J. ...

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What range should I expect for a reasonable set of walkie-talkies / two-way radio?
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There's a lot of variation between radios. There's even a great deal of variation for a given set. I own a pair of radios advertised as "35-mile range." I don't believe that's false, but it's probably ...

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Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
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24 votes

Being in a hammock shouldn't change anything. A tent is not any safer, and may be more dangerous, since you don't have visibility of the area around you. Buy or borrow a copy of Trail Life, there's a ...

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Any tips to reduce chance that I have to get up and pee in the night (not counting dehydration, of course)
16 votes

From my comment - Some people keep a jar in the tent to pee in. I prefer not to. :) When the kids were young and we all went camping, my wife did this so she and the kids wouldn't have to leave the ...

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How to clean rock-climbing shoes?
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I just spray some Lysol into the shoe from time to time after returning home from climbing, and that seems to do the trick. I haven't noticed a downside to this, but perhaps some more experienced ...

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How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes
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I almost never get blisters. It's been a few years since I've had one, when I got a small blister between two toes. It was my own fault for not properly drying my feet after a creek crossing. My ...

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How should we split up a 3 person tent?
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I'm assuming there won't be three parts of equal weight. Depending on the tent design, you could be talking main room, fly, and poles. You could break it into threes that way, then swap other items to ...

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What is this knee pain when going downhill?
6 votes

I've had this, too. You're just stressing different ligaments than when traveling uphill. I think it's a matter of getting the right exercise, which is to say, do the same thing on training hikes. I'...

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Does whiskey help keep you warm in winter?
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theJollySin is right. Your body adjusts to seasons by changing the viscosity of your blood. Thicker in winter to help stay warm, thinner in summer to help stay cool. Essentially, alcohol thins your ...

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Keeping smoke level in a wigwam low
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7 votes

I haven't used a wigwam, but I expect you'd have the same issues as with any shelter. You have to expect there to be some smoke, but you want the amount of smoke to be as low as possible. Perhaps the ...

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What good factual books have you read on an outdoors topic?
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Backpacking Trail Life by Ray Jardine Ray is one of the pioneers of ultralight backpacking, if not the pioneer, not to mention expert kayaker and freeclimber. This book changed how I see backpacking ...

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Long distance hiking trail markings in North America or parts thereof
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3 votes

Those are blazes. They used to be done with an axe, now they're done with paint. There's no national standard, but there are usually standards for a particular trail. The Appalachian Trail, for ...

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How to avoid pendulum descent when belaying?
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Top-roping or lead-climbing? I haven't seen this happen in top-roping except when using the wrong rope - that is, for the rope next to the route i'm climbing. When you top out you should be near the ...

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What fps does a bow need to hunt moose?
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When hunting with a rifle, it's the energy of the bullet that matters. With an arrow, it's all about blood loss. The 'power' matters, but only insofar as it is a factor in creating blood loss. ...

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What are the key factors when choosing a sleeping bag for backpacking?
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You've hit most of the important factors. Also, you might see if you can borrow one for your first trip to see what you like/don't like about the bag. When you buy, you need to decide what kind of ...

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Kepler Track: Brod Bay to Iris Burn Hut in one day?
4 votes

Can you do some local training hikes on similar terrain before heading out there? That will give you a good idea of what your capabilities are. Even if you don't have similar terrain, you could ...

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Water-resistant shoes for Trekking in New Zealand
3 votes

I avoid water-resistant shoes for hiking since they trap moisture (your sweat) in as well as out. Kinda depends on hiking style, too - if you're ultralighting then you'd probably want trail-running ...

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