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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?
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My go-to solution for backpacking teeth brushing is to use baking soda. It is: odor-free, so you don’t have to worry about treating it as a smellable extremely light, as it is a powder does actually ...

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Can one distinguish between a venomous snake and a non-venomous snake, and if so how and with what degree of confidence?
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Yes, and no. There is certainly a tendency towards the more triangular/bulbous head of a snake indicating that it's venomous. However, there are significant outliers to that rule (notably, the ...

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What is the species of this green and orange spider?
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I am fairly sure that you’ve found a Crab Spider based on the entry in this website, which looks nearly exactly like your photo.

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How much different was camping before “leave no trace” took hold?
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So, I can't answer from experience, but there were some significant changes since 1950 regarding the use of national parks. In the 1960's or so, there was a significant uptick in usage of National ...

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How poisonous is DEET-based mosquito repellant?
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While there seems to be some personal variation, with children more sensitive than adults, it's not particularly likely for incidental exposure via your lunch to cause you an issue. The particular ...

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Trumpeting while backpacking?
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For one, thank you for asking and planning to be considerate. I wouldn’t wholly throw away the idea of practicing while on a backpacking trip, particularly if you’re a professional, but there are ...

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Are wheelchairs allowed in US Wilderness Areas?
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According to Section 508 (c) of the American with Disabilities Act, Title V, (1) In general. - Congress reaffirms that nothing in the Wilderness Act [16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.] is to be construed as ...

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Overtreated a backpacking outfit with permethrin. Safe to wear?
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I am almost certain that you will be safe. Permethrin is not particularly toxic to humans, and exposures of notably higher concentrations than what you used for the clothing treatment have been found ...

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How do I know the local ettiquete on lowering vs. rappeling?
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As you should have seen in the answer there, you can first check the guidebook(s) to see if they mention anything. Another resource is The Mountain Project where you may get an answer, either by ...

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Why is it considered good practice to not remain attached to just a Personal Anchor System?
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In general, redundancy is key. Second, it is critical to retain the rope at the top of the climb. If the rope falls with the climber anchored to the top, you're going to be in for one heck of a time....

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How frequent are encounters with bears/mountain lions/etc?
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This is highly dependent on a few different factors. Where you are hiking How you behave while you are hiking When you are hiking I've done some hiking in the Eastern and Western US, and while I can'...

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How much water filtering is necessary in the USA?
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Generally, it is true that filtering viruses is less of a concern in the US than globally, especially in the back country as opposed to more populated areas. That isn't to say that there isn't the ...

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Daily distance estimation AT Maryland
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TL;DR You should be fine, assuming your daughter is reasonably capable (dealing with the weight of a multi-day overnight pack) and/or you are capable to carry enough extra to make up for what she ...

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What kind of toad is this 2.5 inch (6.5cm) one yellow with brown spots and a white back stripe?
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Note: This answer has been revised based on a higher quality photo I am not a toad expert, but I think it is likely a Woodhouse's Toad based on this handy guide. One of the key features is the pale ...

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Does an ice chest packed full of frozen food need ice?
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I will not comment on the general feasibility of your plan. However, I did a little research about the specific heat of various materials, and the results are actually pretty interesting. We are ...

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Self-diagnosis of hypothermia onset
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One simple check that I have used is to touch your thumb to your other fingers. If you can no longer touch your thumb to your pinkie finger (which usually is utterly trivial when warm) and if it is ...

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Is belaying a lead more difficult than a top roped climber
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I'm a bit late to the party, but I'll add my two cents. Some gyms have actually have a portion of the top-rope belay test where the belayer must catch two unannounced falls without looking at the ...

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Does acid rain somehow directly harm human beings?
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Acid rain usually has a pH of around 4-5, while normal rain is around 5.6, and pure water is 7, or neutral [1] [2]. To give that in perspective, acid rain is less acidic than orange juice or soda, ...

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What sleep quality do you get in the outdoors?
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There isn't much to be said about the preparation that hasn't been said by DudeOnRock, but making sure that you are dry, have a comfortable sleeping pad, and are warm are definitely key. One thing to ...

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