Charlie Brumbaugh
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Can I tie down ski/snow board to my roof rack like a canoe?
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Yes, this should work. You may want to pad your roof rack so they don't scratch each other and make sure they are strapped tightly but other than that it should work fine. Just orientate them in line ...

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How is elevation gain and change measured for hiking trails?
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You almost have it, you don't count the downhills. In running, cycling, and mountaineering, cumulative elevation gain refers to the sum of every gain in elevation throughout an entire trip. It is ...

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How to keep your fingernail clippers together?
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Did some experimenting, and it looks like its only possible for them to come apart when the lever is up, so all you should need to do is store it in the down configuration and if you needed the extra ...

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Dealing with twists in a rope while belaying
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If this happens, you want to stop the climber and try and untwist by flicking the rope out with your non brake hand without releasing the braking strand. You can also try flicking the loops out with ...

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What bug is this?
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That looks like a Tropical leatherleaf slug. The Tropical Leatherleaf (Laevicaulis alte) is found in both urban and forested areas. The animal is brownish, usually with darker speckles, and has a ...

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Is noodling more detrimental to catfish populations than fishing with a rod and reel?
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Yes, because of which catfish are taken and when. Specifically, because it targets the mature catfish when they are guarding their nests. The problem with this technique is that noodling targets ...

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Is there a standard hiking trail difficulty rating system in the United States?
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In short no for hiking trails, the closest one will ever get to a standard difficulty rating are the first 3 classes of the Yosemite Decimal System. Beyond that, there are many different scales of ...

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Is it dangerous to go to Mountains when snow is melting?
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There are several things that can be more dangerous in the mountains when the snow is melting, There can be an increased risk of avalanche danger. Snowbridges over crevasses can be melting out. ...

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Can I use a trail camera to identify a roadside litterer?
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Yes, this should work, trail cameras are used quite frequently to catch people littering. We know this because a hidden camera caught it all on tape. Juneau police used the footage to find the ...

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What features of a trail camera make it easier for photographing animals than other cameras?
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Trail cameras are motion sensitive cameras that are secured to trees or other objects to capture animals or people passing by on a trail. They look like this, Source They have attachments for the ...

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How to store roe (fish eggs) at home in a refrigerator?
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From what I have seen, you want to keep the eggs away from oxygen to keep them good so you should probably put a lid on the container. Unlike other baits that harden over time, salmon eggs get ...

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Is there a simple at-home test to objectively measure the insulating value of a sleeping pad?
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If you want to test a sleeping pad's insulation yourself at home, then the way to do that would be to try sleeping outside your house in and see how they work. That is worth doing because you might ...

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How to deal with changing clothing which was used while cooking as not to attract a bears?
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The easiest solution would be to have a designated set of clothes to cook with and then just hang/store them with the food. See this question and answer. Keeping the food off of your clothes and not ...

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In the US is it legal to travel on any river/creek my canoe will navigate?
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All waters no, some places like National Parks require permits, see Dinosaur Monument and Canyonlands. It also differs state by state, in some states the water belongs to the public but not the stream ...

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Why is it undesirable for the New Forest to convert to a mature forest?
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It seems like it would be a combination of loss of the way it has been and of the beneficial effects of grazing. Grazing can have both positive and negative effects, and can benefit certain species ...

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What is a 'Whitecap' and why should I be concerned about boating in them?
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White caps are named for the white caps at the top of waves. White caps are sign that the wind is picking up and that the weather conditions are getting worse and look like this at low wind levels. ...

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Is there a backpacker's guide to edible plants that is very light?
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There are multiple guides to edible foods, it looks like you would be most interested in would cover all of North America and if you are wanting to go light, there are pocket guides. I found quite a ...

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What constitutes mountain exposure when hiking or scrambling?
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Exposure is more a feeling that there is nothing below you in the event of a fall rather than a steepness. A trail that was level as it winds its way around a mountain but has a 1500 ft drop off on ...

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What group of people call themselves "Outdoor Influencers", and what do they do regarding natural areas of land?
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Basically it's people with large social media followings who use their influence on those platforms, especially Instagram, to influence people to visit outdoor places, buy outdoor things and support ...

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Safest way to carry ebooks outdoors?
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I would just get a waterproof case for whatever electronic device you have the books on and then a waterproof/impact resistant USB flash drive for the books. SD cards are more breakable and prone to ...

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Are there any credible estimates of how much of the US National Park System does not have cell phone reception? If so, what do they conclude?
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I believe what you are looking for can be found here, Cellular Coverage in National Parks which has cell phone coverage maps for a number of National Parks in the US. It depends on the park and has ...

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How to tie a Purcell Prusik from a single end?
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Note: This knot works better in smaller diameter cords, but its easier to demonstrate with larger ones so that is what is in the pictures. To start with you go over the top of the rope and then do 2-...

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Is there any effective repellent against deer flies (Lipoptena cervi)?
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It looks like lemon eucalyptus extract has some effect, It is concluded that the use of a repellent based on lemon eucalyptus extract (tested in 2004-2005) will protect humans from Deer ked bites, ...

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Is it possible get a rash from poison ivy but not poison oak?
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According to the American Academy of Dermatology its the same oil in both poison ivy and poison oak along with sumac, What you see and feel on your skin is caused by urushiol (you-ROO-shee-all). ...

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What's this backpack part called and how can I get a replacement?
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It looks like this piece goes by 3 different names, Sternum Slider Image source Piping Clip Image Source Wing Clip You could also try contacting the manufacture, since these parts don't seem to ...

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SERE Surival Kit includes velcro finger lights, but why?
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The point of the velcro is to hold the light onto your finger, and the extra length makes it possible to use with gloves. These have several advantages, Originally designed for pilots, the popularity ...

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What does contouring mean in the context of navigation/orienteering?
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Contouring means to follow the contours of the land to your destination, trying to stay at the same elevation as you work your way around the hill. In this example you would walk up the hill, and ...

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Will the Trailhead Registry burn in a forest fire?
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They probably will burn, see this one for example, Image Source Also wood has a higher ignition temperature. Sometimes they are in metal boxes on metal posts, but quite often they are wood or metal ...

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What to do if you are above timberline and your descent is cut off by a large forest fire?
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Option 2 is better, as activating your PLB will divert resources that could be used to fight the forest fire, and put other people in unnecessary danger (PLBs aren't a get out of danger free card). ...

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Are there any large knife/saw multitools for pocket or belt use?
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You for large saws that also fit in a pocket, it looks like the best solution is a "pocket chainsaw" which is basically a chainsaw blade that you pull back and forth with your hands. Image Source ...

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