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Top new questions this week:

What easy 6,500m peaks would serve as easy qualifiers for Everest?

So there's been talk of this for a while, but it seems like the Nepalese government is finally committing and closing Everest to inexperienced climbers. So from now on, as a safety measure, if you ...

mountaineering mountains mount-everest  
asked by ShemSeger 8 votes
answered by mattnz 6 votes

Advice for waterproof winter jacket for city and cycling

I'm looking for a winter jacket that is waterproof and breathable. The main use is as a main jacket during the winter for going around so needs to be warm and as a waterproof shield for short cycling ...

asked by Simone Gaiarin 6 votes
answered by ShemSeger 3 votes

Can you identify flying bats?

I've noticed a lot of bats around my house recently. I'd love to know what type of bat they are but all I see is a silhouetted glimpse as they dart past. Is there anyway to identify what types of ...

uk animal-identification  
asked by Liam 6 votes
answered by Aravona 5 votes

What kind of leaf should I NOT use for tissue or toilet paper?

Yesterday I was out in the woods and had a runny nose. When I wanted to blow my nose I looked for maple leaves, because I knew what they were. Not sure if the list of bad choices is small enough for ...

hygiene wilderness toilet-etiquette  
asked by James Jenkins 4 votes
answered by Liam 3 votes

are there any electrically heated winter gloves?

every winter in -30C I get the same idea when my fingers are frozen solid in my most warmest military grade gloves. Why aren't there any electrically heated winter gloves around?

equipment clothing winter  
asked by AllanL 3 votes
answered by hillsons 4 votes

What should I feed ravens/crows?

There are some big raven's I've noticed visit our housing estate in the early am. They're big majestic birds and I quite like them. What food would you put out to encourage these into your garden? ...

birds bird-watching garden bird-feeding  
asked by Liam 2 votes
answered by michael 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How to harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes

I've enjoyed hiking my entire life but I have one huge problem. The skin on my feet is extremely soft and sensitive. I wear good wool socks with properly fitting boots and change socks during long ...

health boots blisters feet  
asked by Justin C 31 votes
answered by Russell Steen 22 votes

What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?

It's been a while since I went rock climbing but I'd like to get back into it. What are some hand exercises that will help with climbing?

climbing exercises  
asked by Kevin 30 votes
answered by Rory Alsop 16 votes

Can you answer these?

When are the best times/months to catch speckled trout on the US Gulf Coast?

I would like to go fishing for speckled trout (proper name spotted seatrout) along the US Gulf Coast, specifically near Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay. What months are the best times to catch speckled ...

united-states fishing united-states-gulf-coast  
asked by Chris Mendez 3 votes

What types of live bait should I use to catch red drum?

I want to go fishing for red drum (reds) on the Texas Gulf Coast and I would like to use live bait. What types of live bait should I use?

asked by Chris Mendez 2 votes
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