Justin Self
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What do you do if you see a cougar?
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I actually had a site bookmarked for this very reason that provided some good, sound advice. I've always heard that a cougar (mountain lion) generally doesn't let you see it unless its considering ...

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Is digging a "cold hole" really effective when sheltering in a snowed area?
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Doing it correctly can ensure the temperature of the snow cave maintains around 32°F (0°C) or higher. Its not just about digging the extra hole but how the entire cave is constructed that can make ...

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What should I do when I'm lost?
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If you can no longer see any trail signs, the best thing to do is go back the way you came until you find one and start searching in a circle from there. Never continue to go further assuming there is ...

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What to look for in a durable, 3-season sleeping bag?
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For hiking with a backpack I would recommend the following considerations: Weight I would go as light as possible. Generally the lighter you go the more expensive you go, but on those long treks it ...

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How can I start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
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I suggest using a bow drill. It's a little tricky to start, but once you get the hang of it you can get pretty good at it. For wood selections, you generally want to stick with the following: ...

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How do I recognize if someone is suffering from hypothermia?
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Here are the basic signs of Hypothermia Shivering. May start off mildly and go severe General apathy and sudden exhaustion Losing coordination (can't tie a knot, etc) Loss of concentration Sudden ...

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How do I avoid leeches?
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You can spray your socks/shoes with some type of deet spray or some tobacco water (soak some tobacco leaves in water). I've heard that salt affects leeches similarly is it does slugs, so you could ...

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Are drop bears dangerous?
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No, they aren't real animals. Here's a wiki link for it. Its one of those things people like to tell tourists to watch out for so they'll look stupid.

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Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
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This question really made me curious as my wife has asked me the same thing. If you end up finding a better solution than anyone on this site can provide, I ask that you would please share it. I ...

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How do you stop blood-flow from a leech bite?
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As far as I know, there is no way to stop the bleeding with out constant pressure. On the bright side, you only give up 1-3 CCs of blood due to leech bites. The problem with leech bites and hiking is ...

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What should I do if my raft capsizes?
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Generally if someone asks this question they don't have a lot of experience and are going with a guide so I will approach it from that point of view. The first thing to do is bring your feet up to ...

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What is the difference between Class III, Class IV, and Class V rapids?
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Class 1: Very small rough areas, requires no maneuvering. (Skill Level: None) Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, small drops, might require maneuvering. (Skill Level: Basic Paddling Skill) ...

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What steps should I take if someone starts sinking?
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Try and distribute your weight as much as possible. If you are wearing a backpack, take it off and lay it in front you and use it to gain as much leverage as you can. Use sticks, plants, anything you ...

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Synthetic vs Down sleeping bags?
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Goose-down bags are lighter and more durable as the insulation holds up MUCH better to compression than synthetic. If you are going on long treks and really need to watch the weight, then a goose is ...

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Resources for finding public hunting land
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Your best bet is asking enthusiasts, and you can find those simply by visiting your local guns and ammo store. They generally get all the best insider knowledge as they are (probably) hunters ...

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