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Uses of a rabbit in a survival situation?
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Summary: eat the rabbit. Every single bit of it. With 1 rabbit per day, you are in starvation while probably not exceeding your normal capacity for daily protein digestion, though it may very well ...

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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?
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Some more points in addition mainly to @CharlieBrumbaugh's answer: Both in Central Europe (where I'm from) and traveling Canada I've only once in my life encountered a "visibly" and truly homeless ...

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How safe is drinking distilled water?
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Distilled / deionized (as for lab purposes) water tastes stale. So do reverse-osmosis drinking water, and cooked water: this is attributed mainly to the lack of CO2 / HCO3⁻ compared to fresh ground / ...

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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?
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Summary from a winter spend in Winnipeg long ago compared to Central European conditions: there are probably good reasons why native North American people went with snowshoes while native Europeans ...

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Is cold shock response a real danger, if someone is used to cold water?
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According to this article, Avijit Datta and Michael Tipton: Respiratory responses to cold water immersion: neural pathways, interactions, and clinical consequences awake and asleep, A fall in skin ...

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Figuring out from a map which direction is downstream for a river?
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In addition mostly to @csk's answer, there are maps that give the direction of rivers, e.g. OpenTopomap For most parts of the world, this information is redundant at the first glance since you can ...

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How to warm up your cold toes and fingers?
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There's not yet a good answer that asks for the reason the fingers, toes (and nose and ears) are cold, so let me add a few points: (I'm assuming around 0°C according to the question - of course, -40 °...

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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
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One advantage I'm missing so far is that hiking boots also protect the ankles against the outside (not only against sprainng): from getting scratched by or hitting stones, wooden branches sticking up,...

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I am torn between axe or hatchet, what would you recommend?
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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 ...

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When are cotton socks actually better?
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When would actually one want to wear exactly cotton socks? Hygienic reasons where washing your socks hot (95 °C) and frequently is important. I guess the most common such reason (besides being doctor/...

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Are there any natural materials that can be used as a magnifying lens (or to craft one)?
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(Taking into account that we do have an "ice" answer already) The one magnifying lens that is fast and easy to get and that does have an optical quality that actually helps vision as a magnifying ...

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Emergency measures: sleeping bag not suitable for the current weather
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Bit late to the party, but here goes:  my 1-season sleeping bag turns out insufficient for the spring snow that surprised me at nightfall. Well, that one season the sleeping bag refers to is not ...

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Less impact to camp above or below the tree line?
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Summary: I suspect that this is a question of whether the glass is half full or half empty: "you can camp unless [list of factors that prohibit camping]" vs. "you cannot camp unless [...

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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?
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Let me suggest that some acclimatization may help (though I'm not sure how practical this is). I was personally rather astonished how much we can actually adapt to cold weather: I spent a winter in ...

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If I kill a deer how long can the body last before preserving?
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In addition to @JamesJenkins' answer: Blood and innards of a deer are removed asap*, and AFAIK the same was done in pre-fridge days: they'd probably cook + eat the organs (possibly incl. the blood) ...

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Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?
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Short answer: I use both. But then, I don't have particularly light weight gear. For weekend hikes (my home is in Germany with hills and abundant forest) usually the tarp or nothing at all (or maybe ...

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Does packing boots with newspaper make them dry faster?
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If you have a dry airflow available (some huts have stands where heated air goes through the shoes), that is of course faster. However, just leaving your boots stand does not lead to much air flow. ...

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What conditions should lead an alpine team to abandon a mountain climb/expedition?
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IMHO your turn around point "developing hypothermia" is too late. AFAIK, hypothermia usually doesn't happen out of the blue: there's a typical mix of exhaustion and not enough food, usually also ...

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How stiff of a sole should I look for in hiking boots?
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In addition to what the others already said, I'd like to say that there are some considerations that go beyond saying a sole is stiff. Stiff soles under the toes help with climbing. Such sole designs ...

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Why are long-distance hiking trails in the USA so much more famous than in Europe?
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In the more densely populated areas of Central Europe these long distance trails just seamlessly blend in with regional or local trails, so while the whole, say, 2690 km of the EB Eisenach - Budapest ...

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Will drinking lots of water in the day(s) prior to a long trek mean I will need less water on the trek?
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If I know that I am going to be trekking over the weekend, does it help if say from Thursday, I start drinking more water than I usually do? This clicks my mind because I spend the whole day in air-...

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Are water purification tablets safe?
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Just as an addition: For treatment and filter, I'd filter first, then treat. For 2 reasons: After a while, filters get alive and things start growing. Most of the chemical treatments work by ...

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How can I obtain drinking water in a saline area such as the Northern Great Plains?
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I've been to the Northwestern part near Val Marie in April 2004. Carry a Supply of Water ... probably the only realistic option. Val Marie drinks reverse osmosis water and I took the advice of the ...

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Is there any reason to avoid sunglasses with blue lenses?
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Blue light can injure the eyes. Is there any reason to avoid blue lenses? Will I do more long-term damage to my eyes than choosing another option like these? UV light (which is blocked by good ...

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Do mountains really make their own weather, and if so why?
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The German Wikipedia article on thermals is also quite nice (better than the English). In higher latitudes the sun shines closer to orthogonal on the sun side of a mountain face. Compared to a flat ...

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At what point do I need snow goggles or glacier glasses when hiking?
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I own only glacier glasses and use them as sunglasses as well (I take off the "blinders"). If you decide to go with sunglasses only, make sure they offer proper UV protection (not all of them do). ...

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UK blanket bog peatland water - safe to drink?
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Peatland/bog water has lots of humic acids. They lower pH (see also @SherwoodBotsford's answer), and they are chelating agents. Both low pH and chelating mean that they tend to mobilize heavy metal ...

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Why is it prohibited to sleep in a tent?
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Bit late to the party, but: Germany, it's prohibited to sleep in the great outdoors with a tent. For Germany, that is not true in the generality the claim has. Wild zelten is not allowed - but the ...

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Open, fjell-like landscapes in Germany
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In addition to @gerrit's answer: If you can dispense with elevation (and in consequence also with valleys) but look for open landscapes, there are some moors, e.g. the Hohe Venn at the Belgian border ...

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Long distance hikes with small children
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Disclaimer: this doesn't really answer any of the specific questions other than the "anything else" one - which is why it was originally a comment. However, as @fygsin asked me to put it into an ...

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