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How can I take duct tape with me backpacking?
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Duct tape wraps around items fairly and can be stored by wrapping on your gear. Nalgene (or similar) water bottles have a good shape for keeping the tape flat. I have wrapped tape around spare ...

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Using a "tarp" over the entrance of a snow cave
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You want to leave enough room at the entrance for airflow. If the entrance is totally blocked you could possibly suffocate on the CO2 you breathe out. In addition to the entrance, keep an eye on the ...

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What sleeping gear should I use in a lean-to?
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That lean-to in the link looks like it would shelter from all but the most wind driven rain. If you pack a cheap vinyl poncho that should take care of most situations. They are light enough that you ...

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Thru-hiking the Long Trail (Vermont) in late January
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Here are some pointers and questions: Gloves: Layers are good. Have spares, as well as a set of mittens. Wool pants: How water resistant are they? The greatest potential for problems would be from ...

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What is the most effective way to flee from an alligator?
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Just run. Alligators (and crocodiles) are cold blooded and as a result don't have a lot of stamina. Warm blooded animals can maintain high energy output for longer periods. If you want to aim for ...

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4x4 vs AWD off road
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I have driven my F(ront)WD Hyundai Santa Fe on plenty of logging roads in northern New Hampshire. It is quite possible to get around safely. I even know someone who owns an off-road Toyota Corolla. ...

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How can I maximise my chances of seeing a wild wombat?
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I know nothing about wombats, but I do stalk a particular wild animal here in my part of the world. Here is some general advice. Scat is a good start. Are there areas where it is more concentrated? ...

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How do I balance the muscle usage and strength of my body when long-distance hiking?
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Four possible ways to work upper body muscles harder Pack heavily Walking, even a casual stroll, is work for core torso muscles. More weight and more strenuous walking will make these muscles work ...

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Setting up a shelter
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You can improvise a tent-like shelter with a sturdy rain poncho and some cord. Tie one corner to a tree a 18" (~1/2 meter) off the ground, then spread the poncho in a diamond shape. Pull the corner ...

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Using anti-perspirant in extreme cold climate
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When I was in central Alaska, courtesy of Uncle Sam, we wore vapor barrier boots. They are great for extremely low temperatures, but of you are heavily exerting in milder weather* (down to -23C/-10F ...

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How to understand contour map and plan a possible trekking route using one such contour map?
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In places where the contour lines are closer together, the slope is steeper. Where the lines are further apart, the slope is gentler. In a spot where you see several lines merge together, that is a ...

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Compare running fitness to hiking
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I think it is difficult to give an exact correlation between running time and hiking endurance, but distance running as a fitness regimen is excellent training. It sounds like you have a pretty good ...

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Practical uses for urine
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Urine is quite effective for removing tree sap from human skin. It is best to have a bit of water handy for step 2, rinsing.

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1000 names for snow
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Sleet As snow descends through the atmosphere and the air warms it melts and turns back to liquid (rain). If rain or partially-melted snow falls through a layer of sub-freezing air, sleet forms as ...

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Reacting to tornado warnings while camping with no buildings nearby
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The tent and the canoe are both objects that can catch wind. Tornadoes can generate winds in excess of 200 MPH and can throw cars. You would want to avoid being in either. Securing as much gear as ...

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Two day hike recommendations in New England area
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One possible route to see waterfalls in White Mountain National Forest: Hike in from the end of Zealand Road to Zealand Falls, then take the Ethan Pond Trail down to Thoreau Falls. Hike out the Ethan ...

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Makeshift Stretchers
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You can use a heavy duty rain poncho wrapped over tree branches. This site gives a good illustration of how to make one. I've seen this method recommended by outdoor organizations and the US Army. ...

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