Charlie Brumbaugh
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Why would one aim off when navigating with a map and compass?
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The reason is that you could miss your destination and hit a trail and know that you are almost there, but not know which way to turn. So if you were to go straight for the destination, and because ...

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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?
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Couple suggestions for meeting people on the trail with dogs, Keep the dogs leashed. When passing people put the dogs on the opposite side of yourself so that you are between the dogs and the people. ...

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How can I get a GPS location for this tree on a distant hillside?
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There are a number of different ways to do this. Method using GPS, compass and Google Earth. Get the GPS coordinates of where you can see the tree from. Take a bearing with a compass to the tree ...

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Impact of throwing away fruit waste on a peak > 3200 m above a glacier
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The problem with food waste at that elevation is that there is very little soil to bury things and that decomposition happens much slower at those altitudes. Sometimes there are still marmots/pikas ...

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Knife as defense against stray dogs
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It can be used for sure, but there are better options. A knife would require you to be very close to the dog, whilst a stick or pepper spray would provide much greater distance between you and the ...

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How do you know you have reached North or South Pole without GPS?
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Amundsen's team used a meter on their sledges to get close (dead reckoning) and then sextants to confirm the position. Using Amundsen's diary, Roland Huntford (in The Amundsen Photographs) ...

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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 it dangerous to rope together on an ascent of hard packed ice?
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If the snow was hard packed enough that a self arrest is not possible, and there are no intermediate anchors, then if one person falls, they can take the whole team down with them. If that was the ...

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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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At what angle should an ice screw be screwed into the ice?
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All of the resources that I can find say that it should be done with the screw tip pointing up and the hanger below with up to a twenty-degree angle from horizontal. Contrary to what you ...

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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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Modern equivalent of a flare gun?
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In increasing order of complexity and price you have, Personal Locator Beacons Personal locator beacons are high-powered (typically, 5 watts) devices designed primarily to send out a personalized ...

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"Due to the sheep in the settlement the surrounding area has no mosquitoes"
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It looks like there is some truth in it. I don't think that it has to do with the sheep so much as it does with their grazing habits. During the day, mosquitoes like to rest in tall grass or among ...

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When should I avoid geotagging?
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It seems likes this is mostly an issue of scale, in well-traveled areas where lots of people go it's not going to make a lot of difference, while remote areas that could possibly see lots of sudden ...

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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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Can you get permanent brain damage by spending a day at 10,000ft (~3000m) altitude?
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TLDR: Yes, it can happen at that altitude, but the odds are extremely low. Long answer High-altitude cerebral edema has happened at lower than 10,000 ft. The condition is seldom seen below 3,000 ...

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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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Is it actually useful to ration food?
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The simple answer is that yes it does make sense to ration, see the stories of the men who survived the Essex or the Mutiny on the Bounty or the Chilean Miners or many countries during wartime. From ...

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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?
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I think the main reason for this is that the hunting styles are a lot different between the two. Archery hunters often don't wear orange and get very close to the their prey while gun hunters wear ...

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Where can I test an emergency whistle?
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You just need a place where blowing a whistle wouldn't be out of the ordinary. Perhaps a city soccer/football field would work as people blow whistles there. Or if you could find an outdoor area ...

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I am lost, I found a trail, which way do I go?
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Trails show less use the farther from the trailhead one goes because fewer people walk the trail all of the way to the end and most turn around far more quickly. The odds are that going downhill will ...

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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?
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If one looks at the list on Wikipedia of fatal attacks, one will notice that fatal cougar attacks are pretty rare. At least 20 people in North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, ...

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What are the measurable prerequisites of strength and/or flexiblity for starting to climb in a climbing gym?
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I am going to say that there aren't any. I have always heard stories of big beefy guys who can a zillion pull-ups getting out into real climbing and then realizing that there are very few features ...

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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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Is burning cow pies (dried cow manure) safe?
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It is apparently not safe, among the poor today who have to use it as they have no alternatives, it leads to all sorts of health problems. It is also a worse polutant than burning wood. On the ...

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How to instruct someone how to take off a climbing harness?
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Been there, done that, it's far more worrisome when you have to show them how to put the harness on and then have them test that it's tight enough. And like you said, you really don't want to touch ...

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How do forest fires affect rock climbing?
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A forest fire can definitely affect the rocks and cause hazards (in addition to the hazards in the forest). Hot burning fires destabilize rock. This can result in removal of rock coatings, flaking, ...

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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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Why should a good tent be UV resistant?
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It's because the sunlight will damage the tents fabric over time. UV damage occurs when long term exposure to the sun damages the fabric and thread of your tent or rain fly. The fabric will become ...

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What factors should I consider to prepare high protein meals using a single camping stove and pan?
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I am pretty certain that this is what you are looking for, Image Source Two tablespoons (32g) of the stuff has 8g of protein and 16g of fat. Source It easy to carry, does not require refrigeration ...

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