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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.


Sep
25
comment What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?
@MikeM.Lin glad I could help
Feb
4
comment Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
About the cooking clothes: Some veterans have used a dry bag to keep their camp clothes in while cooking. Store the bag a little bit away from your kitchen. 50 feet upwind should do it. Then bag your cooking clothes in a heavy plastic bag and place them in the dry bag.
Dec
7
comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
Training for climbing is a fine book on the subject, if you're serious about improving your fitness this is a great place to start.
Dec
7
comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
For people who want a great rundown of climbing fitness, and studies about why it works please check out the following book "Performance Rock Climbing". amazon.com/Performance-Rock-Climbing-Dale-Goddard/dp/0811722198
Dec
7
comment How can I improve my footwork while rock-climbing?
You should check out some climbing forums to find partners and routes in your area, see who will link up with you for some sport routes. rockclimbing.com supertopo.com/climbing/forum.php
Nov
30
comment How can I improve my footwork while rock-climbing?
Where do you live? Sometimes there are local crags that aren't well known which could suffice for slab climbing. Do you have a climbing shop or gym near you?
Nov
30
comment Is there a large difference in WFA (Wilderness First Aid) programs?
Right on thanks for the update, it's tough keeping track of the moving targets of acceptance and certifications.
Nov
30
comment Preferred way to wrap someone with Hypothermia?
Yep this is how it is taught in wilderness medicine circles, only improvement would be to add hot water filled nalgenes within the "burrito".
Nov
30
comment Is there a large difference in WFA (Wilderness First Aid) programs?
Also please add Wilderness Medical Associates, they were the first wilderness medical school in the USA and the first to be accredited. wildmed.com
Feb
2
comment Washing clothes on long hikes
Very often on extended backcountry trips, using damp clothes during travel and drying damp clothes at night is the only option. Keep in mind that I recommend wearing dry lightweight baselayers and simply draping the clothes to be dried over those dry layers. I see your concern, however if you are still skeptical consult the Backpackers field manual, Freedom of the Hills, of the NOLS Wilderness manual to confirm my recommendations.
Feb
2
comment How to deal with wet feet?
@marienbad Very good point marienbad, but the reason for the polyester is to keep them from becoming wet or even moist and thereby not allowing your feet to dry out over night. If you are confident that the socks will remain dry in all weather conditions I will say go for it. I like the feel of wool more anyway... but it sure does hold onto water when it gets wet.
Feb
2
comment Washing clothes on long hikes
Thanks for the punctuation check @kevin.
Feb
2
comment Washing clothes on long hikes
Not sure what you mean by 'suspect' @RussellSteen this is a technique which has been used for a long time and is taught in many reputable outdoor programs. The clothes are not wet, they are damp, and the best source of heat is your body. Clearly this should not be attempted if hypothermia is a possibility.
Jan
26
comment Is digging a “cold hole” really effective when sheltering in a snowed area?
Can we credit the authors on this use of their work please! It's a great book and I think many people would like to read it... Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book They are two NOLS instructors who have done a great job getting information out there to the masses. Bios - (linkedin.com/in/alleno), (littleboingmarks.blogspot.com)
Jan
26
comment Crew requirements for sailing a ketch
Thanks for the feedback, I've actually grown up on the water, but wanted to get some sailing questions seeded. Changed the question to make it more pointed and useful.
Jan
26
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
NOTE: An alternative to boiling which works very well is Iodine treatment and bleach treatment. Both work very well for field sterilization on the go, or where you cannot, or do not want to expend the fuel to boil the water. Keep in mind that both require the water to be clean (ie. No particulates) and not be diluted with sugar (deactivate the disinfecting agents). If you use this method, also make sure that the disinfectant gets into the threads of the container, as pathogens can hide there.
Jan
26
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
See the linked to article, explaining how after a 20 day rafting trip there was still ice remaining in the coolers. @Kevin
Jan
26
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
There is a lot of debate about this issue among rafting guides. It's about a 50-50 split, but I take to the draining doctrine. Nice explanation overall for the "bathing" option.
Jan
26
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
Additionally, track your travel speed while hiking by reviewing nearby landmarks (ie. creeks, rivers, washes.). Combined with a direction of travel and using handrails, you don't generally need long distance visibility.
Jan
26
comment What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?
Made changes, thanks.@JayBazuzi