Charlie Brumbaugh
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Correct and incorrect slip-slap-slide belay technique
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Here are the steps on the the clip and slide / slip-slap-slide method. First here is how you should hold the rope when you are not pulling in slack. To pull in rope, the left hand pulls the rope ...

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Why use a 20 MOA rail on top of a rifle?
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For long range shooting, you have to aim above the target in order to hit it. For example, a 308 will have dropped 340 inches at 1,000 yards. (source: gunwerks.com) Source Instead of aiming above, it ...

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What does it mean for a caliber to be flat shooting?
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Bullets follow a parabolic arc as seen below, Image Source As you can see the yellow line is a bullet fired from a longer barrel which results in a higher velocity and thus less drop over distance. ...

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Sports tape to prevent blisters while backpacking?
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I have used sports tape before and it does work to prevent blisters. Sometimes people will also use duct tape. Personally other ways of preventing blisters are better because you have to peel the ...

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What is the most methodical way to try to get yourself unlost? (Assume below timberline in a temperate climate)
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In most cases, and certainly in this one, you want to go downhill following water if at all possible. Downhill will take you to civilization in almost all cases, as humans have tended to settle in ...

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Can putting nails in trees cause longterm health problems for the tree?
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It can hurt the tree, and allow disease to enter through the hole. The other reason not to use nails in trees is for humans, cutting into a nail with a chainsaw can be dangerous. It probably won't ...

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Can you Rappel with an Old Climbing Rope?
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No, it’s not worth the risk. Ropes aren’t that expensive and if it breaks you could hurt yourself.

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How often should I clean my water bladder/reservoir while on a thru-hike, extended backpacking trip, or survival scenario?
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On a trip where you are constantly using a bladder or water bottle where it's not sitting around, I would limit the cleaning to filling it up and then dumping it once before refilling. Mould takes ...

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Do U.S. Wilderness areas allow bridges?
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Yes, there are bridges in wilderness areas, this one was in the Wind River Range for example. On there other hand, there are restrictions on the tools used in a wilderness area such as not allowing ...

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Do Garmin InReach plans include unlimited incoming messages?
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Incoming messages count against the limit of text messages. Yes, any message sent back to your inReach device, including replies to preset messages, count against your monthly message allotment. ...

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How strong are the individual internal strands in 550 parachute cord?
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It looks like for mil spec (military specification) 550 parachute cord, The paracord sheath is rated at about 300-pounds 14 inner strings, each of which has a rating of about 17.5 pounds 7 ...

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How do I remove 22lr bullet that's stuck to the bolt from the rifle?
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22 Long Rifle bolt actions usually hold the bullet to the bolt with a spring. See the red arrow below. That spring is pushing against the cartridge to hold it in place. If you pull on the spring out ...

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Keeping a backpack from being stolen whilst sleeping in a tent
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Storing the backpack inside instead of next to you won't provide a whole lot more security, in some crowded places where theft is more common it might be justified. Normally, if I am worried about ...

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OS Map Symbols - Black Dots
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According to the Ordnance Survey legend, those are BOUNDARIES Civil Parish (CP); England or Community (C); Wales See page 6 of the legend under boundaries. There are no other small black dots on the ...

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Osprey Atmos AG 50 raincover
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Either should be fine, the M size may not fully cover it if you have the backpack stuffed to the max. On the other hand, as of right now it's a difference of 0.2 oz + $3 between the two, so if you ...

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How to prevent strap slippage through buckle?
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The solution on my backpack/bike helmet is a rubber band/hair tie like cord around the straps just below the buckle. In order to readjust the buckle you have to loosen the elastic cord around the ...

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Why do they turn the 9/11 Memorial Lights off for birds?
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The basic idea of turning them off temporarily is to let the birds readjust to their surroundings. For reasons still unknown to science, artificial light attracts birds, from fledgling seabirds to ...

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Why is there such a singular place for bird watching?
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It's also a case of accessibility, birding really doesn't take any special equipment beyond say a pair of binoculars and birds will visit peoples backyards and bird feeders. While mammals can be shy ...

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What would the basic gear for fly fishing be?
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The minimum gear would be, Fishing license. Fly fishing rod. Preloaded reel with both backing and leader. A small assortment of flies. Strike indicators for the wet flies. Dry fly floatant for the ...

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What is this metal plate at the top of Mount Hoffman?
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That is half of an old summit registry box. That one is missing the top and might not be the exact style but the full ones look like this. Source You can see more pictures of them here and a history ...

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How to tie a dry fly above a wet fly when fly fishing?
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It's actually quite simple. Tie the dry fly on the end like normal. Take the wet fly and tie it onto an appropriately sized length of tippet (between 13-24 inches) Tie the end of tippet with the dry ...

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Why do hydration bladders top out at 3 liters?
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Hydration bladders and dromedaries serve two slightly different purposes, Hydration bladders are for each individual to carry. Dromedaries are for carrying water for more than one person. A single ...

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How does a European Robin differ from an American Robin?
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American Robin, Source European Robin Source They are from different families of birds, The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after ...

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How can I store milk for long periods of time?
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Couple of ways to do this, Powdered milk, has a shelf life of over a year and just needs water added to it. Evaporated milk, milk with over 60% of the water removed before being canned. Sweetened ...

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Is belaying with a hip belay unsafe?
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It not necessarily unsafe, it's just fallen out of use with better gear and techniques. It still has a couple of use cases and it's something I think people should know, but I would never use it for ...

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Do sharpies or markers damage soft rock climbing gear?
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It's possible that it could damage the soft gear, Tests done by the UIAA Safety Commission and some rope manufacturers have shown that marking ropes with liquids such as those provided by felt-...

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Garmin inReach vs. overcast sky
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I have an inReach and have used it in all sorts of conditions and terrain. Overcast weather is not a problem but a reflective tarp or deep canyons can be. If a message fails to get through the device ...

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Is it safe to take a shower outside during a thunderstorm?
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One of the basic principles of lightning safety is that you don't want to be the highest thing around and you don't want to be under something that is the highest thing around. For example only one ...

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How do people drown while wearing a life jacket?
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Life jackets do not make one drownproof, just increase your odds significantly. Our data also show that over 80% of drowning victims were NOT wearing life jackets when found. We know from other ...

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Boots or trail runners with reference to blisters?
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Blisters are more a function of improperly fitting/not broken in footwear than the specific type, although some kinds can be worse than others. Heavier and stiffer boots take longer to break in than ...

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