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location Atlanta, GA
age 30
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seen Jan 12 '13 at 21:11

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.


Feb
6
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
@mjrider: if you ever feel like laminating them, we laminate the maps cheaply at fedex-kinko's (they have a DIY lamination station inside the store).
Feb
6
answered How is ATA measured on a compound bow?
Feb
6
answered Do reusable “hand coolers” exist?
Feb
6
answered How to improvise a signal mirror?
Feb
5
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
@Ryley: Thank you for the reassurance. Clearly, I need to do a bit more research/thinking about timing. :)
Feb
5
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
+1 for the amount of research you did, whew! I would be wary of sea sponges personally, as they are, well, dead creatures. I would be concerned about lingering bacteria or microorganisms, but-- it's still something worth researching.
Feb
4
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
3
comment Should you pop a blister?
I danced pointe for years (ouch), and this was the advice teachers gave to the dancers, as well. Pad it, keep it clean, and let it heal on its own.
Feb
3
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
+1. This is exactly what we've been doing, starting with shorter training hikes closer to home. Our times have been pretty accurate to hiking in the backcountry, as well.
Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
I like the idea. I love that silicone is so safe, and I love that it can be boiled to sanitize it. I'm now having trouble finding how to clean them, since that might be hard while on the trail.
Feb
3
awarded  Commentator
Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
@Ryley: I would love for things to work out that way, I'm mostly anxious about timing trips through town-- I wouldn't want to keep soiled pads in a WAG bag for two weeks at a time.
Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
@bmike: I was wondering if amenorrhea might kick in. I was hoping I'd find females here that might have done extended hiking, but I think I have connections where I live to marathon runners-- great idea!
Feb
3
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
@Mat Banik: Interesting, yes, but I will not be looking to be pregnant or lactating while on the AT. And I think that taking a five-day break every time I'm on my period is sort of out of the question, though we will definitely have to slow our pace a bit.
Feb
3
comment How to cheaply introduce someone to backpacking
@Russell Steen: Looking at answers to this question, I think you might want to put a monetary value on "cheap." Otherwise, I think you're getting subjective answers.
Feb
3
awarded  Student
Feb
3
asked Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
Feb
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
3
answered How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
Feb
3
answered Resources for finding public hunting land