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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

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comment Where can I find a list of the hiking trails with boardwalks in the US?
@Weda: The question in its current form is quite unclear and needs to be closed. I was hoping the OP would provide the clarifications asked for, but he seems to have checked out. He didn't get instant gratification here to a poorly written question, so went elsewhere. All we can do is close this and move on. It's kindof rude to get everyone going trying to help and then not follow up to answer questions, but that's what drive-by posters do.
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comment When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
The AT will be well known to anyone trying to hide illegal activity in the woods. You're simply not going to stumble on something like a marijuana farm on or near the AT.
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answered When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
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comment Where can I find a list of the hiking trails with boardwalks in the US?
This could have been a interesting question if the OP had replied and explained what he really wanted. Oh well, just another drive-by poster.
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comment Where can I find a list of the hiking trails with boardwalks in the US?
Why do you care whether a trail uses a boardwalk or any other surface? It would be better to specify what you really want, like elevated surface, crossing a swamp, or whatever you are actually after. Most likely there are other solutions than "boardwalk" to get you what you want, and there will be other regional terms for that. For example, we have some bog bridges around here but don't use the term "boardwalk". Also, does the whole trail need to be a wood plank surface, or just sections?
Sep
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comment Is it possible to put a kayak in the water in Berlin and reach the Baltic via lakes and rivers?
The Havel and Oder rivers are linked by canal. Also I know that my grandparents did it regularly in a small boat in the 1920s and 1930s.
Sep
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answered Scat Identification in Southern NH
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comment Black bears and torch lights
@Russell: The numbers on predatory bears is higher than what I remember from a earlier study, but you still need to keep that in perspective. As the article says, there are millions of encounters between humans and bears, and only a very small fraction result in injury. Since 1960, the average has been one such death per year. Compare that to over 40 deaths per year in the US from getting hit by lightning.
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answered Black bears and torch lights
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comment How do I find north using a watch?
Another way to look at the halfway rule is that it compensates for the hour hand going around twice in a day, when the sun only goes around once in a day. Personally, I find it easier to think about the geometry than to try to remember rules of thumb.
Aug
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comment What is this beetle? Found in heather in snowdonia
Ah, the rare Dimentium stupidus. It's legs contain a special chemical that makes you impotent and turns your mind to mush. They're harmless otherwise, just don't let one crawl on your bare skin.
Aug
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comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
@Aravona: That's a electric fence!!? Wow, that's really overkill, and requires shlepping along a power source.
Aug
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comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
Seems like ridiculous overkill. I also don't see how those three little white strings are going to slow down a bear that wants to get inside for some reason. The reason this may appear to work is that bears generally don't give a crap about you and your tent, whether surrounded by a few strings or not. This really looks like a gimmick to keep your money out of your wallet, not to keep bears out of your tent. It works because you believe it does.
Aug
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comment What batteries would make sense to power 12v devices (e.g. blankets, lights) for camping?
Bring more insulation, instead of power to run a electric blanket. The extra insulation will last indefinitely, is more reliable, and should weigh less than a electric power source to power the blanket for any meaningful length of time.
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comment How can I maximise my chances of seeing a wild wombat?
The first step is to get yourself to Australia.
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comment In an abandoned quarry, is it possible to pry loose rocks from walls until stable?
Maybe it's because I'm no climber, but that doesn't look like a good idea with all those rocks on top just waiting to fall on your head.