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What are "Aggressive" climbing Shoes?
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Aggressive Climbing shoes are often also referred to as Cambered. The Arch of the foot and/or the toe point downward. Non-aggressive shoes have a flat bottom. Images compliments of rei.com. Some ...

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Would a tampon be a good addition to a survival kit
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Most of the uses can be also accomplished with a heavy gauze pad in the same size. If you need them or carry them for their original use then it is good to have an idea of what else you can use them ...

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How do I check paracord to determine if it's genuine?
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As Mr. Wizard mentioned, you cannot tell if it can be trusted or not. This is why its good to keep an equipment log noting when important stuff like rope that you depend on is used and anything that ...

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Royalex vs Royalite
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I don't have specific numbers on strength and durability, but I have had both and repaired both rather often. I work with a scout troop that has currently 22 floating canoes. The protector we put on ...

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Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
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The other answers have great information. I would add some specifics that I have learned from living and backpacking all over Arizona and the white mountains for most of my life. Don't have everyone ...

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Experiences hiking with a baby: backpacks
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Yes! This is a rewarding and awesome experience. I have three children that I take hiking all the time. My youngest is almost a month old and he hasn't been out yet, but will as soon as he has a bit ...

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Jerky or Freeze-dried food : Is the salt they contain a concern?
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Most of the food I take on trips is low in sodium content by design, so I usually specifically plan on taking some overly salty foods. Like Jerky, although I have done Pringles on some shorter trips. ...

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How do I reseal a tent bottom with many pinprick holes
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Basically, if you can't patch them individually there are only 2 real options left. First, get a new tent. Every tent I have had has developed this over time unless used with a tarp underneath. Any ...

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Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
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You might want to take a look at this site which is in Canada, but ships to the USA. Due note that since the DEA is restricting/banning the product, buying iodine crystals through the mail might get ...

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Cascades mountaineering school
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I have heard that RMI (one of the places you listed) is great as well as Alpine Assents, but neither are very formal in the guide education area. Try taking a look at National Outdoor Leadership ...

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Should I worry about moisture in my inflatable sleeping pad?
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No. It's a good thought, but I have had one that I have inflated by mouth for over 10 years. I usually store it valve open partially inflated. I live in Arizona and the temp in the shed can get to ...

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How to properly lace hiking boots?
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It sounds like you need a way to keep the entire shoe tight while not tight directly over the bend in your ankle. There are Lacing techniques that can accomplish this. The easiest would be to gap ...

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How do I use these "guy line runners" to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
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I have used these once before but I do not have them any more to take my own pics with. The arrow points at the part of the rope you should pull. Pull it out until you have a big loop. Place the loop ...

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Are used climbing shoes safe?
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Safe? Yes. As in your life usually doesn't depend on them. Safe, as in a safe buy? Also yes. When looking at used climbing shoes it really helps if you take someone along who knows what to look for ...

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Ideal and Minimal Rope Diameter for Lead Climbing
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What Rory Alsop posted is great info that is "internet safe" and a great rule of thumb. Many companies, however, will rate their ropes down to 9mm as single rope safe. In areas where rope protectors ...

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Bowline knot, end at the inside or outside?
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The Ashley Book of Knots (published 1944) references the outside bowline as "inferior" but just says weakness nothing specific. In America the "outside" bowline is often called the "Dutch" bowline or ...

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Can I shoot a bear in self-defense?
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You can. Bear spray is a more humane option; however, you do ask about legal repercussions. You can shoot pretty much any animal in self defense in the USA. After you shoot the animal it is important ...

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How to choose a class of rapids for a variety of skill levels?
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Yes. Class IV would be unsafe for the group as a whole, if it occurs in the first couple of days of the trip. If you have 1 or 2 experienced people in the paddle raft and you keep one at the back to ...

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Replacement tap for Coleman 5 gal. water carrier
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Not sure if they carry the diameter you are looking for but when a spigot breaks on one of my canisters I usually go to Ace Hardware and pickup a replacement. I have had good luck with Rubbermaid ones....

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Big group/basecamp tent
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I have a 24' diameter Tipi that I use for this type of thing and it works great. I have a small coal fire going the entire time and with 6 people it is plenty warm and spacious. I have had as many as ...

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What brands make propane lanterns, stoves, heaters, and accessories in America?
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I think what you are looking for is Century Camping gear. It is mostly made in USA and they have all the accessories that you are looking for. If something they sell is made elsewhere, they note the ...

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Reattaching waterproof rubber on GPS
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I probably wouldn't use regular epoxy. I have had trouble with it on rubber around water. When I am trying to reseal rubber I use silicone sealant or seal cement or Super under water epoxy. The ...

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Packing delicate equipment for a hike
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Hard walled cases. For my camera at first I would stuff it into a sock and wrap the remainder of that sock and another sock around the camera and call it good, then I saw a hard molded camera case in ...

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How can rope/cordage be packed to minimize tangles?
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I pack it like you do, and rarely ever have trouble. I think the important steps are what you do when you go to use it and what you use it for. First when I go to use it I remove the cross wrap ...

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Cam Sling Modification
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Mr. Wizard has the jist of it but I thought I might add in what I have done. I cut a plastic straw (I use gas station straws that are pretty thick but McDonald's would work as well) to go from just ...

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How do I correctly clean (remove) Tri-Cams?
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before reading any of this please remember safety first. If you are not comfortable with placement for any reason then you probably shouldn't be placing it there. NEVER sacrifice safety for convince. ...

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Yellowstone back country camping trip?
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The supplies are pretty much the same for any trip. The leading difference, as Eyal points out, would be things like bear spray and a means to tie up food in bear bags at night. About bear bags, you ...

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How to select paracord
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Parachute cord aka paracord comes in basically 6 major types based on weight limits of 95 lbs to 750 lbs. Type 3 has a weight limit of 550 lbs and is referred to as 550 paracord. Usually when someone ...

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