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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
25
revised What would be a safe ascent rate when mountaineering?
Added additional information about acute mountain sickness symptoms.
Jan
25
answered What would be a safe ascent rate when mountaineering?
Jan
25
answered How do I set a top rope anchor?
Jan
25
answered What is the difference between camber and rocker shaped snowboards?
Jan
25
comment How do I know what size ice axe I should get?
For steep mountaineering the above is absolutely true. The biggest reason for the short length is dexterity at steep grades and during a self arrest. Remember that the ice axe is not a walking stick, it is a tool for cutting steps in ice, and saving your life during a fall. Long ice axes will get in the way of both of these things.
Jan
25
awarded  Teacher
Jan
25
answered Does drinking alcohol cause problems at altitude?
Jan
25
comment What precautions should I take to protect myself and my camp from bears?
One note about the bear triangle. This is the best method to keep bears away from the tent area, but the triangle must be larger than 30-60 feet. Ideally 250-350 feet in bear country, and even larger in the northern Rockies ie. Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, 500 ft from kitchen to camp to bathroom area is not unheard of. Also be sure to keep a dedicated set of clothes for cooking, because if the clothes are brought to camp they will attract bears. And don't ever bring food to the tent. Lastly, make sure the kitchen is downwind of the tent, not the other way around.
Jan
25
awarded  Supporter
Jan
25
comment How do I desalinate seawater?
If no heat source is available and you have a clear plastic tarp, use the solar energy of the sun to evaporate the salt water and capture the condensation. Make sure to angle the tarp and create a wrinkle for the liquid to drain into a container.
Jan
25
comment How do I desalinate seawater?
This method can be achieved using a plastic tarp or other impermeable membrane (raincoat). Boil water below, with the tented tarp above funneled into a container.
Jan
25
awarded  Critic