Charlie Brumbaugh
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What rockfall protection equipment are there other than helmets?
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There are two things you can do, Before climbing, look up the glacier and see which areas have had rockfall in the recent past and then avoid them. Rockfall will leave some rocks in the area that ...

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Did a bear knock all my bird feeders down?
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Bears will definitely go smashing bird feeders to get to the seed and they are the only thing big enough to pull your feeders over. Yes, bears (and other wildlife) are readily attracted to back yards ...

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What are directional, height, and distance guidelines for marking trails?
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Here is the National Park Guidelines to your questions, Blazes are placed on trees or posts, slightly above eye level so that hikers can see them easily when traveling in either direction. In ...

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Are grizzly bears attracted by human urine?
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TLDR: Yes A bear’s sense of smell is seven times stronger than a bloodhound. If you’ve ever smelled coffee, alcohol, or yesterday’s beetroot salad in your urine, bears can smell every donut and drip ...

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What proven alternatives are there to DEET?
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Here is what I have found from REI Picaridin Permethrin Oil of lemon eucalyptus Various Plant Oils Another option is to protect all exposed skin with a head net, long pants, long sleeved shirt, and ...

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What to be aware of if lightning strikes close to me?
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Close enough to shock i.e. an indirect strike According to the National Lightning Safety Institute lightning has been observed to arc out 40 meters and how far it conducts varies. Possible outcomes ...

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Can I expect a mountain stream to have less water in the morning, even when it is not primarily fed by meltwater?
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I think the best answer to this question is going to be It Depends Even if it's not glacier fed, the melting snow of ice could have an impact and increase the water flow during the afternoon. The ...

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Where can I find an online elevation profile of the Cohos trail?
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My suggestion would be to create a path in Google Earth and then view the elevation profile of the path. Here is an example of what that would look like, One caveat, Google Earth underestimates the ...

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What are some challenges to starting a small business that runs backpacking trips?
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A list of all the possible challenges I can think of at the moment, Insurance, specifically liability insurance. Medical training for you and any employees, the standard certification is Wilderness ...

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What is this black and yellow-striped caterpillar with four toothbrush-looking tufts of hair along the top?
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That is a White Marked Tussock Moth. The long, spiky tufts of hairs give fair warning to anyone or anything that tries to touch this species' larva. The caterpillar is covered with them and the ...

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Etiquette of playing musical instruments on popular hikes
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Just don't play your music with the aid of any electronic speakers. People sing and talk and laugh as they hike and that's fine, its when they start blaring music on their waterproof bluetooth ...

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How to recognize an ocean desert from the surface?
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To some extent, this is mapped out, but the easier way to tell is by the color of the water. Ocean deserts are characterized by less plankton and thus Chlorophyll. Therefore, the water in an ocean ...

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How can you identify whether brackish water is too salty to drink?
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Just taste it. As in this answer, normal saline matches what you have in you at 9 grams of salt to a liter of water (this is 9 times as much as Gatorade). If you ever try to drink the stuff, its ...

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Is a tree that has been standing dead for a year dry enough for firewood?
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I have done lots of heating via firewood, and while wood from a standing dead tree is pretty dry, once it has been sawn into lengths there is so much more surface area that you can then dry it out ...

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Would a gunshot echo in a cave?
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It turns out that gunshots can be used to map caves, The decade-long search might have gone a little differently, though, if soldiers had access to a new system that can use sound waves from a ...

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Lead free brass fittings on potable water hoses
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It looks like yes garden hose connectors are not regulated to the same level as say interior hoses, One section which may be neglected however, is the home’s garden hose. While seeming miniscule, ...

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Guidelines to reduce risk of exposure to, or infection from Naegleria fowleri? (brain-eating amoeba)
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Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say The only certain way to prevent a Naegleria fowleri infection due to swimming is to refrain from water-related activities in warm ...

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How to make peanut butter less sticky?
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The trick is to mix it with something else such as, Powdered Milk Oatmeal Powdered sugar Graham Crackers Rice Crispies You can also add other things to increase the sweetness like, Chocolate Chips ...

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Water filters: is there always a tradeoff between longevity and safety
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If the water is muddy or there are swimmers, then the usual solution is to prefilter before treating. A handkerchief is usually sufficient for filtering out all of the visible swimming bugs and sand/...

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Can I eat Rabbit Poop?
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There is one story of someone doing this, You see rabbits are animals that chew their cud. Unlike ruminant animals-cows-they don't have divisions or multiple stomachs. You see, a rabbit on first ...

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Are there any natural materials that can be used as a magnifying lens (or to craft one)?
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It's possible to do it with ice that has been shaped into a convex lens. The ice needs to be clear and fairly large like 5 inches across. Obviously this won't work in the summer, and the cold ...

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What is the life expectancy of Propane/CO detector?
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It depends on the device but 5-7 years seems like the max with some as short as 2 years. The gas sensors in CO alarms have a limited and indeterminable life span, typically two to five years. The ...

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Are there Takedown Compound Bows?
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Possibly, but I highly doubt it. The thing is that it's not that easy to restring a compound bow and most people would probably pay someone else to do it for them. Recurve bows are much easier to ...

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Hiking and camping with medium size dog and keeping safe from mountain lions
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Generally speaking, the most legal proof solution is to hike in a group and or with a dog. While really small dogs do get preyed on by mountain lions from time to time, the dogs used for treeing ...

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What features should I look for in a scope for a .308?
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Here are some characteristics that I can give you for a good scope, selecting the individual one will be up to you Variable Magnification for both short and long distances. Nitrogen filled to prevent ...

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What is a good way to clean the inside of a water bottle straw while on a multi-day backpacking trip?
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I would make an improvised bore snake with a piece of string or fishing line and a small piece of clean cloth and pull the piece of cloth through the straw just like you would a gun barrel. Everyone ...

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How can I carry my compound bow in a backpack without showing any parts of it?
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You have a couple of options, A soft case for your bow, put the bow inside the case and strap the whole thing to your backpack. A bow case with backpack straps. A bow case with a padded shoulder ...

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What are the pros and cons of first vs second focal plane rifle scopes?
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The technical difference is on which focal plane the reticle is etched on, at the focal plane between the objective and the image erector lens system (the First Focal Plane (FFP)), or the focal ...

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Plant Identification: White Mushroom or Fungus found in Indiana
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Those look like oyster mushrooms. They are the right size and color and have the right type of gills. Pleurotus ostreatus, is a common edible known for its oyster-shaped cap. One of the first things ...

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What tool(s) would be useful for trimming fishing line?
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You need something that works with a pinching motion and is on a lanyard for easy access. Fingernail clippers will work, and there are also fishing specific clippers. Source Knives would require ...

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