AnoE
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What exactly is so wrong with playing music on trails?
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One of the first hits with your google search terms is explaining the issue very objectively, with no noticeable "vitriol" or "extreme hate": Here's why you should stop blasting ...

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Why do so many people hike with such light footwear?
22 votes

Why do so many people hike with such light footwear? I can give you a personal perspective: I have hiked in the 2000-3000m altitude (alps) for a long time, using quite tough semi-alpine boots (like ...

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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?
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Specifically for your example of rock climbing: You should really have personal oversight on your first real rock climbs because the stakes are much higher. In the climbing gym, the safe points are in ...

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Is clipping onto the rungs of a via ferrata bad practice?
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The reason is simple: You are not supposed to fall on these climbs, in any case. Falls will in most cases be very bad indeed, no matter where you clipped in. Your security line is basically made so ...

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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?
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It means to be mindful of what you do, how and where you move, what you do to your environment and so on. Aside the topics mentioned by @Aravona (security, noise), it may mean to avoid unintended ...

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Can microspikes replace crampons when crossing ice in summer?
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Absolutely yes. I don't leave my home without them (well, another model than the one you linked) if there is any chance of hitting snow/ice during a hike. For such hikes, they always, at any time of ...

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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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No, there are no particular prerequisites for indoor climbing. Strength, flexibility, endurance will come along the way. Just take a look into any gym, you will see small, large, fat, weak people. In ...

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I've just been bitten by a rattlesnake; how, exactly, do I "keep calm"?
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Meditation has been mentioned, let me expand on it. There are certain techniques of meditation (namely Vipassana) which are in no way mystic or magical, but work quite like a sort of maintenance for ...

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Are longer kayaks faster than shorter ones?
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There is a reason why there are different kayaks: the small ones (a.k.a., whitewater kayaks) are very turnable, and this is exactly what you want in a strong/fast moving current. If things get "white",...

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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?
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Speaking as a parent of a child with whom I went swimming very often in that same age bracket: I did an ABC course and am very comfortable diving in regular indoor and outdoor pools/swimming lanes, ...

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Is it within Leave No Trace to spread someone's ashes in a wilderness area?
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I assume you are not talking about laws here ("can I carry an urn with ashes around"), nor about moral (ash-based, not outdoor-based) issues. So, Wikipedia gives us 7 principles for Leave No ...

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FiveFingers or hiking boots?
4 votes

I love my Vibrams, and have been walking, hiking, swimming, climbing and running with them. I would not use them for multi-day hikes, though. Stepping on the wrong things (sharp/pointy) can give ...

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How can I tell a “trail shoe” from a regular sport shoe?
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How can I tell a “trail shoe” from a regular sport shoe? Subjective things like fit and comfort aside, I would look at the sole first and foremost. Does it slip on rock, gravel, wood, leaves? If not, ...

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What are some challenges to starting a small business that runs backpacking trips?
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What would be some of the most difficult obstacles to overcome in starting such a business? Frankly, none in particular - by which I mean nothing is really standing out from the rest. Everything will ...

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What negative consequences can result from having too much toe room in a shoe
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When talking about boots, what you absolutely have to be careful about are those that have too much room on the "backside" (i.e., heel, ankle, midfoot). That leads to your feet slipping around each ...

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Kayakers throwing their paddles when running waterfalls
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OK, going by the first part of that video mainly, as the other two seem to be more technical and not so steep: When they are throwing the paddles away, they always seem to be falling from very high, ...

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What are some simple tasks to teach knife safety?
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You got plenty of good tips already. I am an Opinel user myself (everyday, not only when hiking); I use it to cut food, open envelopes, fish insects out of my drink, replace dull pizza knifes in a ...

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Tips for a novice backpacker
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I would truly give the "meta-answer" to find out for yourself, by doing regular 1-day trips at the start. You will very quickly find out what works for you and what does not. Take whatever equipment ...

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