Eric
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Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace
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Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). It's naturally occurring, and to get a level of toxicity to animals you would need to get to 450mg per liter. Unless you're operating a mine or using literally tons ...

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First skills to learn for mountaineering
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I would put avalanche safety and a wilderness first responder course as my top priorities. They teach you how to not get into trouble and how to help others if you do. Just being able to spot an ...

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When is it unethical to dismantle a fire-ring?
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Different land managers have different takes on this so I don't think you're going to get a solid answer that applies across all areas. I generally use the term "trail camp" to describe what you're ...

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How to deal with a tooth infection?
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From the WMA emergency medical protocol (WFR's and WEMT's): Urgent evacuation to higher level care is required if fever, swelling, or severe pain is present. Although the pain of dental infection can ...

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Protein-intake on extended minimal-weight treks
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I do a lot of strength training when not backpacking, and try to keep my protein up around ~140 grams per day, on average. I asked a related question over on the fitness.stackexchange.com site, and at ...

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When rain jackets wear out, do they soak through?
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I would imagine it's a breath-ability issue. "Breathable" waterproof fabrics, in my experience, are basically "pretty waterproof and allow some/most moisture out in most conditions." Especially in ...

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Transporting Large Amounts of Fish
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You can still buy those coolers at area grocery stores. If you're headed out of San Diego (where I'm at), I could give you the names of specific locations. There are also processors that will be ...

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What format should I use to report my location to emergency responders?
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In the marine environment, it's often a little easier if you reference a known location. Offshore, you want to use lat/lon coordinates for sure. But if you're a mile from the coast (or less), it's a ...

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How many clothes should I bring to Philmont, or any long backpacking trip?
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Personally, I keep it simple. One long sleeve shirt for daytime use, one long sleeve shirt at night. I wear one set of boxers in a week, and a pair of long underwear at night (if it's under 50f). One ...

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Techniques for handling pumped arms?
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There is a climbing training technique that's been written about extensively called ARC (Aerobic Respiration and Capillarity). From the article: Aerobic Restoration and Capillarity, or ARCing, is a ...

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Are snow shoes useful in mountaineering?
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Depending on the route, you'll likely need a way to not sink into snow and give you more grip than boots alone. With ice or hardpack snow boots and crampons are great. Most folks with the experience ...

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Snowboarding / Skiing - snow gathers on our goggles - what do you do to deal with this problem?
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I ride a lot and have never seen any gadgets for fixing this. It depends on the snow as well, since the bigger wetter stuff (so cal / washington mountains) tends to be much more of a problem than the ...

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Which is the best clothing in extreme heat?
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I'll offer up my experiences. I spent a summer in the Sea of Cortez, in which the night time lows didn't go under 100f and the sea water temperature was above 90f for months. It was around 20 degrees ...

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Are surface plugs effective for fishing in choppy water?
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I'm not sure if you're talking fresh or salt. In salt water I used various plugs (primarily cedar) in some really beefy conditions. 1000+ miles offshore, tradewind belt, 4 meter seas, etc. In those ...

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Any swim goggles that may be beneficial for a surfer?
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You might want to try a baseball cap that you're not really that fond of. I've safety pinned mine onto my wetsuit leash and it was okay-ish. A lot depends on where you are, and the differences ...

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How to introduce individuals to the concept of Leave No Trace
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As others have commented, I would focus on practicality and then start bringing up the LNT doctrine. I have two little kids I go backpacking with. The last time out I explained that if we walked ~50 ...

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