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  How-To
The Adventurer's Handbook
30 Crucial Skills, Nifty Tips, and Shameless Shortcuts
By Robert Earle Howells

How to Fix Gear in the Field

Always carry dental floss, says Annie Getchell, the author of The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual (McGraw-Hill). Getchell is something of a backcountry Mary Poppins: She totes a small, magical bag filled with oddments—from electrical tape to hose clamps—that can see her through any mishap.

Floss comes in handiest, especially for sewing together thick materials such as the neoprene of wet suits, the leather of hiking boots, and the nylon of backpacks.

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•  Introduction
 
How to
•  Avoid an Avalanche
•  Avoid Blisters
•  Beach a Kayak
•  Bike Up Steep Trails
•  Build a Fire When It's Wet
•  Climb Higher
•  Cross a River on Foot
•  Fight Altitude Sickness
•  Find Your Way
•  Fix Gear in the Field
•  Haggle for Anything
•  Hike Lighter
•  Keep Warm on Frigid Hikes
•  Leave (Absolutely) No Trace
•  Make Tastier Backcountry Grub
•  Melt Snow to Drink
•  Paddle With Power
•  Predict the Weather
•  Put on Your Skis
•  Run Off-Road
•  See More Fish When Diving
•  Ski Faster
•  Slide Down an Icy Slope
•  Slip a Bribe
•  Stick to the Rock
•  Swim Rapids
•  Swing a Machete
•  Take Better Photos
•  Telemark for Real
•  Wipe Out on a Bike
 
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