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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 What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?
Made changes, thanks.@JayBazuzi
Jan
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revised What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?
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Jan
26
comment How do I tie a bowline knot?
This is the proper "inside tail" bowline, beware of the improper "outside tail" which is not a strong as the inside, and more prone to slipping.
Jan
26
answered Plastic or fiberglass for a kayak?
Jan
26
answered Synthetic vs Down sleeping bags?
Jan
26
answered How do I tie a stopper knot?
Jan
26
answered What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?
Jan
26
revised Is it better to camp in a disturbed area, or pick a new spot and let the first rest?
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Jan
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answered Is it better to camp in a disturbed area, or pick a new spot and let the first rest?
Jan
26
answered Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
Jan
26
answered How to deal with wet feet?
Jan
26
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
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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
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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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