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Top new questions this week:

Is a tepee, log cabin, or lean-to configuration most effective for starting a fire?

As long as the wood is dry and you have good kindling, does it matter how I start a fire? I have always made a small tepee, and then built a Roofed Log Cabin around it. The tepee starts first and then ...

fire  
asked by Just Wondering 8 votes
answered by Escoce 0 votes

How do I attach a hammock to trees?

On my next vacation, I will be camping in a tent on a designated campsite. I saw somebody use a hammock for lounging during the day last time, so quickly got a cheap hammock from eBay, with a "let's ...

equipment sleeping  
asked by rumtscho 7 votes
answered by ShemSeger 10 votes

Solar Power While Backpacking

I am planning a multi-week backpacking trip (the JMT in California), and want to bring a real camera. What are some good solar power options for charging my camera batteries on a long backpacking ...

equipment backpacking backcountry electronic-gear photography  
asked by theJollySin 4 votes
answered by ShemSeger 8 votes

Bolt Conditions at the New River Gorge

I am getting back into sport climbing and I am planning a trip to the NRG. I get very nervous about safety issues in regards to climbing, almost to the point where I don't want to start again. One ...

equipment safety rock-climbing united-states sport-climbing  
asked by Andrew 4 votes

Where can I get long but light bottoms for water?

I need clothing for kayaking in the summer. I already have the "heavyweight" equipment - thick neoprene longjohn and a whitewater cag. But for places where I need less protection from cold and ...

equipment water-sports  
asked by rumtscho 3 votes
answered by ShemSeger 4 votes

Staying warm in a lightweight sleeping bag

I've got a winter sleeping bag rated down to -40c but its heavy and it won't get that cold where I am going. The coldest it will be is +5 to -5. I've another lightweight sleeping bag rated 5 degrees ...

sleeping-bag sleeping  
asked by Andrew Welch 2 votes
answered by Mitch 1 vote

What refilling material or glue did you chose to resole your trekking shoes? (What works, what doesn't)

Theses shoes are still good, but the small missing part of the heel makes them painful to wear. I'm looking for the cheapest and most efficient and aesthetics, ecological way to extend my shoes life. ...

equipment equipment-care shoes repairs trekking-equipment  
asked by Guillaume Combot 2 votes
answered by ShemSeger 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What does it mean to cross load a carabiner?

What does it mean to cross load a carabiner? I know it's bad, and not to do it, but I don't really know what exactly it is.

climbing rock-climbing carabiners top-rope  
asked by Patrick Scott 19 votes
answered by Mr.Wizard 20 votes

What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?

The blisters can be very painful. If you walk further, you should expect it won't be easy and pleasant. And the blisters may get worse. But what do you risk, except from pain and getting more ...

hiking blisters  
asked by Danubian Sailor 21 votes
answered by Russell Steen 18 votes
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