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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.


Jan
12
comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
Long, long after the fact follow-up: At least for the time being, I have resorted to using a system of pads and multiple quart- and gallon-ziploc bags. Only been out a few nights at a time this way, but it has worked so far, even in bear country (at the GA/TN border in the Cohuttas).
Sep
26
comment Will Iodine Tablets Ruin My CamelBak?
2.) Ours is yellowed, and not dark purple, but yep-- it's stained for good. I should note, though, that it's just around the edges that it's really noticeable. No cracks or bad taste or smell, just some yellowing.
Apr
3
comment Legality of “semi-permanent” wooden structures in state and national forests in the US
Is the land managed by State Park Service, National Park Service, or the National Forestry Service? They all have different rules (and I'm assuming this is in the united states)
Mar
21
comment Are barberries edible?
That's cool. What color are the berries? What month do you usually see the blooms? (Tryin' to figure out what species you might have, though I've read so far that most of them are edible.)
Mar
20
comment Are barberries edible?
Where do you live? Also, do you know which species of barberry you have near you?
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@LBell: Thank you for clarifying what you would like to know. :) Wish I could offer more help.
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@Ryley: That's what I would do.
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@LBell: I agree, they're probably a bit over-cautious-- if we're talking about household items. I'm not sure if I'd want to take my chances in the field, though, heh. Problem is, contaminants get into it as soon as it's opened-- and heat in a nice moist container is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Mar
15
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@Greg.Ley: Everything tastes better on the trail the sixth day! ;)
Mar
15
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
Thank you! That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for providing so much detail. :)
Mar
14
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
I added more to the question to ask about re-outfitting/finding new shoes on the trail that do fit. Did you start off carrying those ten pairs, or did you re-supply along the trail? Did you have any trouble finding new shoes that fit so you could continue the hike?
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
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
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.
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
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.