RichardAtHome
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Does whiskey help keep you warm in winter?
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This was tested and “busted” on MythBusters: Turns out, just one alcoholic drink could make you feel warmer, but it actually lowers your core body temperature. How does alcohol employ this ...

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How do you fashion a spear with a fixed blade
11 votes

Personally I wouldn't! You run the risk of losing/breaking your blade. Better to use the blade to sharpen a stick and fire harden the tip (till it goes brown, not black) it or attach something you ...

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What proven alternatives are there to DEET?
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The British Army stationed in Scotland use Avon Skin So Soft (I kid you not!) against midges. The locals swear by it too.

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Does Moss only grow on the North side of trees?
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Moss prefers damp locations irrespective of facing. You need to cut out a few variables before you can use moss as a pretty reliable method to determine North: Ignore moss on the ground. The ground ...

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Cooking over a fire
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A really simple, but effective fire is the 'Hunters Fire'. Basically you make a 'V' shape with two logs with the point in the same direction as the prevailing wind. The V shape allows you to ...

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Are fires in natural caves/overhangs safe?
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The only time I lit a fire in a cave we had to evacuate due to smoke and a billion spiders dropping from the ceiling. This isn't a 'danger' for me in the UK - we do not have deadly spiders. Elsewhere ...

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Are 35mm film canisters safe for holding spices?
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I'd be wary of the top popping off in your pack. I prefer to use screw top plastic bottles for this kind of thing.

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Will gelled fuel work in a cat can stove?
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If it's an open top cat stove (or any open top container) you can use gel. If it's a trangia style stove with tiny vents - no. Well, yes you can - the gel will still burn out of the trangia fill hole ...

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Soft or hard drinking bottle?
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One benefit to a soft bottle over a hard bottle is: You can compress a soft bottle as you drink from it to reduce the sloshing of water in the bottle as you walk.

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Is it safe to use water purification tablets after their expiration date?
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If you let them expire they may still work but they will probably be less effective. Considering how cheap they are and how long they last I replace mine before they expire. Getting sick sucks (and ...

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