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What gear should I carry along for winter emergencies?
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As usual, skills are the lightest and most effective thing one can carry. From how to bushcraft useful things from natural materials, to clever ways to satisfy needs like signaling or navigation, to ...

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How did/do scouts venture into the wild?
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Modern Day Adventurers Answers to What are essential items in an emergency kit? identify patterns/guidelines about what equipment and skills to have in backcountry. This is relevant as it covers the ...

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Why do I always wake up freezing?
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Putting together a lot of ideas already covered and adding some tips I've gotten over time. I don't have much natural insulation and get cold easily, so these tips have all been important for me. ...

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What should one look for in a bivy sack?
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Disclaimer: I go with tarps or tents instead of Bivy's but have used them before. Necessary: Protects you from water Protects you from strong winds Some ventilation (through openings or fabrics) to ...

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Is it possible to acclimatize to a cold weather in a short time?
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For these kinds of issues I like to look at how militaries handle it, since they are heavily invested in optimizing personnel performance in a wide range of climates and conditions. Some anecdotes ...

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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?
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One of the best things you can do in this situation is actually what you could do before it happens: bring preparations. Other comments have already mentioned different items already and ultimately ...

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Correct breathing while bouldering
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In various sports and even day-to-day life, breathing techniques make a difference in performance. Generally, you want to breathe deeply, steadily, and with your breathing muscles relaxed. Deep, ...

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How do you get bear spray off skin and or gear?
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The key ingredients in bear sprays are capsaicins (reference), which are also the key ingredients of classic pepper spray. Cleaning bear spray off of you or your gear is similar to cleaning pepper ...

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How to find ticks in your hair?
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TL;DR: comb your scalp systematically with your fingers, wash your hair to remove them from hair (be careful with laundry carrying ticks home too), and try to catch/prevent them getting into your hair ...

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Shooting into tree
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By puncturing the cambium of the tree with bullets you are on the way to girdling it. Girdling a tree happens when enough of the circumference of the tree has been damaged just beneath the bark so as ...

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How do you pace yourself while doing strenuous hikes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)?
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Listening to your body is good advise as others said: try to maintain relaxed, deep breathing, and when it becomes too much for you to do comfortable, you should slow down or stop to reset back to ...

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How should you treat an open wound in the backcountry?
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A good wilderness first-aid reference is included below to give you a better grasp on how to handle different wounds. Here's some key points for a wound like a knife wound you described. Note that the ...

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How do locals (short of drilling) determine that lake ice is safe for skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing?
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A quick online search shares a few tips which echo what I've heard from ice fishermen and experienced myself: Ice freezes first and thaws first at the edges, and these areas tend to be weaker. ...

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How to find water in thick tropical forests?
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Great question. As you noted the guide had native knowledge of that environment which helps a lot. In my local environment (temperature / boreal forest) I'd be decently equipped to find water in a ...

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Is it warmer to sleep with an empty bladder?
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As Ben noted in an answer, "the body doesn't spend the whole night coming into thermal equilibrium with its surroundings." Where the body needs to focus its energy is important because if your body is ...

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Does a life-straw replace my water while hiking?
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I agree with fgysin's answer (no - water is very important - even with that equipment, you still need to find water, avoid chemical pollution, and access larger quantities of water for camp chores). I ...

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Are there US Forest Service maps of historical logging?
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@JamesJenkins answer is pretty good. I'll add two points based on my experience as a forester. I think the 2nd point especially will help you find the info you're looking for, which is, TLDR: Forest ...

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Camping alone in the wilderness in the USA
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In the east there is less wild land and more people exploring the natural areas that are available. I'm big on pathless forests, and to find these places I've learned to either seek out privately ...

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Why is it undesirable for the New Forest to convert to a mature forest?
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This is all about forest succession and natural resource management goals. Both are implicit in your question, forest succession defining new forest converting to mature forest and management goals ...

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How does dental floss compare to fishing line in a survival situation?
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When it comes to survival gear in wilderness scenarios, one needs to consider A) the utility of the equipment, and B) how difficult it is to find or craft the equipment from materials in the field. ...

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Are there sound-based alternatives to whistle signals for group communication?
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I spent a summer with two brothers from the Dominican Republic and they would call out to each other with a loud howl-like "FOOOOOOOOOOOO" sound that carried very well through fields, forests, and ...

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What water is fit for cleaning hands & gear during a visit to the Great Outdoors?
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In this post: How to clean cookware? which focuses more on equipment for cleaning (soap, sponge, sand, that sort of thing), one answer is directly related to this question (emphasis added): ...

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Do all American Summer Camps end with an award ceremony?
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This is one of those "it depends" answers. Based on my experience growing up in-part in America, with other Americans, going to camp: Size matters. Very big camps end up breaking people out in small ...

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What materials are suitable for constructing a sleeping mat?
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You already identified some key points in your question. Speaking from study, mentoring and experience, here's my answer. Plenty of fallen branches. Not the softest to sleep directly on however, and ...

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How to help a fox with rabies?
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Once rabies symptoms appear it is generally considered beyond the window for treatment, at least in humans (see: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/symptoms/index.html). As ab2 said in their answer, if you ...

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What are some usable sources of iron for producing iron tools in the wilderness?
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The article Iron Production in the Viking Age on Hurstwic discusses sources of iron available in the wilderness of Scandinavia and Iceland. To my knowledge and experience, similar sources exist in ...

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How to keep away animals from my camp without setting a fire?
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Related to flith's answer, noise can be a deterrent. The same way fires are prohibited in some areas, making too much noise may also be frowned upon, so this may not be a viable strategy depending on ...

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In cold conditions, will you freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any?
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It does depend on the circumstances and the other two answers cover it pretty well. A personal experience to back those answers up: I found myself sleeping in a precarious place after a rain storm ...

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Are crows more interested in identifying individual humans than vice versa, and if so, why?
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Good answers/anecdotes thus far. I find this interesting and asked an avian specialist about this. In addition to most of what has already been said (that crows have more time, necessity, and better ...

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What animal could entirely strip the bark of a birch like this?
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With the little information provided the safest educated guess would be porcupine having a wintertime meal. An extension.org page on barkstripping discusses the issue and lists likely culprits and ...

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