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My outdoor experience began when I was 18 and participated in a three week sailing expedition on the coast of Maine. From that introduction I continued pursuing the outdoors in the American Rockies, Sawtooth Mountains, Superstitions, Dragoons, Sierra Nevada, Appalachians, and am now settled in the Green Mountains.

Over my decade of experience I have completed multiple Outward Bound Wilderness expeditions, instructed for OB USA, earned a Bachelors in Outdoor Education, become certified in rock climbing, avalanche rescue, whitewater kayaking, rafting and sea kayaking.

My passions are teaching other people in the outdoors, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, and hacking away at electronic hardware and software.

Drop me a line if you need a partner in the Northeast.


Jan
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comment Can any waterborne pathogens survive boiling?
Note that the water must be clean to kill all bacteria, meaning that there cannot be particulates like silt, or any detritus within it. Bacteria and cryptosporidium can hide in those places, and survive the boiling process. So filter or settle your water if it is dirty, or boil for 15 minutes.
Jan
26
comment How can I identify edible berries/fruit from poisonous?
@Pureferret I only know enough to be dangerous on this topic, not enough to help others be safe, which is why I never eat anything I don't bring into the wilderness. It's my recommendation that we enlist a real "wild edible" expert to improve this post. Let me know if you need some help, I'll try to track one down.
Jan
26
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Jan
25
comment What things should I look for when buying a compass?
Good point about global compasses @Lagerbaer. Yes is is a best practice to have a global, not just North or South hemisphere compass.
Jan
25
answered What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?
Jan
25
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Jan
25
comment Can/Should I cook in my tent?
In 99% of situations I agree with this answer. The only cases where I feel this rule can be broken is in a mountaineering situation where you cannot safely cook outside your tent, because there is not a surface to rest the stove. This should only be attempted by expert adventurers, not casual mountaineers. The way I have seen it done safely is by hanging the stove via a cable system from the tent roof. See link (summitpost.org/hang-your-stove/483666) Keep in mind, it's dangerous.
Jan
25
answered What things should I look for when buying a compass?
Jan
25
revised If I lose my compass, what is the easiest way to identify and follow a heading?
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Jan
25
answered If I lose my compass, what is the easiest way to identify and follow a heading?
Jan
25
comment How can I identify edible berries/fruit from poisonous?
Following up on this answer, it is unwise and dangerous to test any wild edibles unless you are absolutely certain of their species. Some mushrooms can kill you before you get back to the parking lot, others will ruin your liver or kidneys or cause unbelievable pain. If you are an expert in one region you are not is a different region, so play it safe and find one before tasting anything. Happy hunting.
Jan
25
comment Washing clothes on long hikes
One solution may be to place the clothes on top of your sleeping bag, which will act as a buffer for the clothes. Or if you are in warm weather, string cord between the poles of your tent to create an inside "drying line". The 2nd suggestion will only work in temperatures above freezing of course.
Jan
25
answered Washing clothes on long hikes
Jan
25
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Jan
25
revised How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?
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revised How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?
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Jan
25
answered How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?
Jan
25
comment How do I self arrest without an ice axe?
To avoid loosing your ice axe, always wear the axe leash around your wrist when outside of any flat ground terrain. Many climbing teams also carry a small spare axe for just this reason.
Jan
25
comment How do I self arrest without an ice axe?
If the above method is used while wearing crampons in steep terrain you must not dig the crampons into the ice surface. If you do you will flip over and slide head first down the slope. If you have any metal objects in your pockets or on your person use them to dig into the ice surface. Prayer would also not be a bad idea in this very bad situation.
Jan
25
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