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I am a young outdoors enthusiast with a degree in biology, specializing in botany and ecology. I have been backpacking about once a month for two years. I enjoy hiking and backpacking most, but I am open to learning about other outdoor activities. My current goal is to be ready for the AT within the next ten years.


Mar
14
comment Where to find hiking shorts that last more than a few months?
And yours have withstood blackberry brambles most admirably.
Mar
14
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
Sounds like the time we carried in two (small) roaster chickens for lemon/beer can chicken. That didn't turn out so well.
Mar
14
comment How to safely carry a fixed-blade knife?
If you want to consider a folding knife that can be opened with one hand, I have this assisted open knife, and I can definitely get it out and open with one hand (with practice, as the lock is solid and I have small hands): buckknives.com/….
Mar
14
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
@Greg.Ley : I did end up adding to it. Since this issue will come up while on the trail, I'd like to ask for a solution to the problem, as well. :)
Mar
14
revised Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
took into account comments/answers to the post
Mar
14
awarded  Editor
Mar
14
revised Putting in contact lenses when outdoors
added in suggestions from comments
Mar
14
answered Putting in contact lenses when outdoors
Mar
14
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
10-ish? Wow. Part of the reason I asked is to help calculate the projected cost of gear for a thru-hike. I had read about folks wearing classic white New Balance runners for thru-hikes, and I thought it might just be a fluke (or an exaggeration!), but this helps explain some of the stories I've heard. Thank you!
Mar
14
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
@Greg.Ley : Yes, that is what I was asking. It is that simple. It was a shock to me, though maybe it should not have been, and I was looking to hear from folks who had been in that sort of situation to see what really happens in the field.
Mar
13
asked Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
Mar
13
comment Which brands make wider hiking boot sizes?
Only ones I've found are some so-so New Balance ones that are similar to the Dunhams/Durhams you already have. Most other brands, like Merrell, make insanely narrow shoes.
Mar
11
answered How can I calculate the time of sunrise?
Feb
15
comment How to tell the time at night
+1. I especially appreciate the image of trying to stuff an astronomer into an emergency kit (hehe), and also I did not know that a first-quarter, full, or third-quarter moon could help you estimate time like that.
Feb
14
awarded  Quorum
Feb
10
comment How to reduce pain of wasp stings
I was going to recommend that you be the one to answer this question when I saw it, and then I realized... you were the one who asked the question. Good question.
Feb
9
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
@ChrisBreish: Good point. I may need to look into mytopo as I tend to feel grossly unprepared w/o a map. Thanks. :)
Feb
9
awarded  Vox Populi
Feb
9
comment How do I read a topographic map?
+1 especially for the first point you make. You need to keep track of where you are on a map. It's too easy for one ridge to look strikingly similar to the next.
Feb
9
awarded  Suffrage