Pepi
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How to get pine sap off my teeth
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Been there, done that, can't remember why it happened.. It will go away in a few days. Eating few apples, or maybe some dry, high-fiber crackers will probably help.

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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?
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Do hang the food (or use a bear can, etc.) In my experience, wild animals are not deterred by dogs very much. A bear that lives close to humans might even be attracted to dogs: dogs frequently have ...

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What's the safest way to hike up a steep slope in deep snow?
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Short answer: stay near the edges of a big concave slope, near trees or rocks that could stabilized the snow pack, or at least on a convex ridge where the snow should be less deep. Long answer: the ...

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How can I safely practice trad climbing?
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Liam hinted at the method that was popular in the US while back, and probably still is: follow an experienced climber and clean their gear. You'll get to see actual placements & find out how hard ...

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Does cotton really kill?
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I'm pretty sure this concept originated with search and rescue teams, who noticed a correlation between what the lost hiker was wearing, and whether the result of the search was a 'rescue' or a '...

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Leave no Trace: Are campfires unethical?
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Avoiding the word 'ethical', I'll ask: Is it good for the forest to stop all fires, and let fuel accumulate? In North America this has led to many very destructive fires that kill every tree in the ...

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How to avoid cracking your windshield while strapping down a kayak
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The problem probably won't happen again, assuming you tighten down the kayak with reasonable force. The glass in most cars is (was originally) installed with some flexible material around the edges (...

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How steep of a slope can you skin up in AT gear?
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I think I've gone straight up 30° on good snow, maybe steeper for short bits. This would be on old Diamir bindings and fairly stiff alpine boots. As Dakatine mentioned, not all snow is equal, powder ...

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How to deal with diarrhea when using a cathole in the wilderness?
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BTDT I think, but I don't remember ever having a 'problem'. As a guy who camps and also gets to use squatty potties once in a while, here's my advice: First, ditch the shorts/pants it'll be much more ...

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Where do you place ice screws?
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Addition to ShemSeger's answer, from way back in my mind: A concave spot in the ice is stronger than a convex spot, given equal ice quality. The ice should be deeper than the screw is long, so the ...

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Avoiding a "ding-dong" when lead belaying in the gym?
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Without some kind of ground anchor, you'll have to adapt your belay setup. First of all, the belayer doesn't have much choice about where to stand. Stand as close as you can to the first clipped draw,...

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Accessibility of hiking trails in Nepal during December
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I haven't been to Nepal but I currently live in Sichuan, near another edge of the Tibetan plateau. So here's my answer: Nepal, and everything near it, is in the monsoon climate- rainy in the summer, ...

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Can I use a tent in bear country, if I ate food in it over a year ago?
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I'm pretty sure bears can distinguish fresh food from year old residues. Otherwise nothing you own could ever go into bear country. Our clothes, cell phones, wallets etc have all been to so many more ...

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What considerations are required for making a hiking ascent of Mount Othrys, Greece
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There you go: http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=8287543. In two languages, no less. A long trek to three peaks of Othrys mountain (Gerakovouni 1640 m, Gkiouzi 1725 m, Piliouras 1558 m). ...

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Applications of a slip knot in climbing?
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When aiding, you can use a slip knot to tie off a fixed piton close to the rock face (if the eye is broken). You can do the same thing for a chickenhead if its shaped in such a way that the rope must ...

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How do I disinfect my wool hiking socks?
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Going along the "homebrew supply" route, peracetic acid AKA PAA/peroxyacetic acid is a reasonably safe and very effective sanitizer. It's used in hospitals and by veterinarians, as well as in the ...

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How to learn ski touring
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For AT/Randonee on mountains, you'll need to go up steep (~30°) slopes on skins. You'll need a skin will cover nearly the whole ski base, and that won't slide easily at all (I think my skins require ...

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What is the safest and most effective additive to keep drinking water from freezing?
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Propylene glycol is allowed in alcoholic beverages up to 5%, and this would get you to about 29°F. You could probably throw in a little sugar, salt and good old ethanol to kick it down further. ...

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Doing The Ice Run 2016. Any recommendation on how to survive Siberian Winter
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Layers of fleece plus a very wind resistant outer shell. Anything else (Carhartt type clothes, leather, Mongolian reindeer skins...) will be heavy as heck. Full face coverage would be smart, but it ...

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Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?
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In northern California, after a rainy winter, much of the coast ranges are green and grassy, especially as you get further from the Pacific. But timing is very important. In the same region, Pt. ...

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For how long afterwards do we benefit from acclimatization?
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Anecdotal evidence: my wife and I take periodic trips from a few hundred meters altitude to 3000-4000m (and sometimes over a pass at 4480m). We feel that going a little as one weekend per month ...

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Is it ok to use rolled aluminum descending rings in permanent anchors?
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SMC's site doesn't say anything very helpful but, keep in mind that 14kN is enough to lift a medium sized car. In a rappel only situation, it should last for years. That being said....using 'left ...

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What to do when you run out of rope on a sports climb?
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If you've missed by only a little bit, then you should be able to rap down anyway. Removing the knots, plus the rope stretch, will add a some length. But it would be best to have a plan B in case you ...

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When climbing, how far should the tie-in knot be from the harness?
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Another benefit of a close knot is less rope movement at the tie in. This is the rare case of nylon-to-nylon contact in the safety chain, abrasion will happen with heavy use. Also, +1 for getting hit ...

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Should the cloth part of ski gloves be treated before use?
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Most ski gloves will have a waterproof/breathable layer (Gore-Tex or something similar, they should be labelled to say what it is). In my experience new gloves also seem to have a water repellant on ...

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Uses for different size locking carabiners
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The bigger carabiners will work better for a double rope rappel or for belaying two ropes if you're into that kind of thing. Bigger is easier to attach to your harness if you don't have belay loop (...

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Is it ever necessary to double up locking carabiners?
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It's not necessary, but neither is using two non-lockers really. People usually use two carabiners because they will bend the rope less sharply, reducing friction when loaded (also reducing wear on ...

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What coat should I wear when camping that won't be damaged through melting by embers from a fire?
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Leather is awesome for standing up to sparks. Just ask a welder. And some people think it's good for going outdoors too.* *But not me.

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Is the "rattlesnake line" higher now in the Sierra than it used to be, decades ago?
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This isn't a scientific evidence based answer, but I think that line should not be changing much, as it should have more to do with snow cover than temperature. This article on the history of snow ...

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What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?
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This is a broad question, so here's a broad answer: The coastal ranges north of SF are heavily forested and have narrow steep valleys.... and hillbillies and marijuana farms. Although as you go ...

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