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location Atlanta, GA
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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.


Jan
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comment Resources for finding public hunting land
Or are you looking for land that you would not have to pay or negotiate to hunt on?
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
This is a specific question with a specific picture given as an example. Good question!
Jan
26
comment Synthetic vs Down sleeping bags?
Are you assuming that down is superior in most ways, and wanting to know if there is a specific situation in which having a synthetic sleeping bag would be helpful? I have often wondered this myself.
Jan
25
comment Is drinking urine safe?
I had not previously thought about trying to purify urine before consumption. This is helpful, especially with a diagram.
Jan
25
answered Does hiking with a dog in bear country increase or decrease your risk of a bear encounter?
Jan
25
comment What is the best way to store my sleeping bag for long periods of time?
This is what we have at home. Our down sleeping bags came with 50l or so mesh sacks so that the bags can be stored safely at home. I would add, though, that we lay them out and open to dry for a day or two after bringing them home from a camping trip to make sure we get rid of moisture before storing them.
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comment How can I identify edible berries/fruit from poisonous?
I know from chemistry that basic compounds will often taste "soapy or bitter," but I have not heard that poison berries or fruit will taste "strange." Information on acids, bases, and taste.I would strongly recommend against taste-testing unknown foods. Take somebody with you who has already been in that area, and has harvested fruit/plants in that area, and follow their advice. When in doubt, don't eat it!