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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 How precise is a pedometer for estimating on a backpacking trip?
Whether the GPS accumulates distance while you are standing still depends on how you have it set up. Normally you have it not create a new point until it thinks it's some minimum distance from the previous point, like 50 feet. Measuring a trail in 50 foot straight sections is still plenty accurate enough for most purposes, doesn't suffer from sitting still jitter, and doesn't accumulate ridiculously large GPS tracks.
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comment How precise is a pedometer for estimating on a backpacking trip?
@mjrider: He clearly said pedometer, which answers your question.
Dec
15
revised What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?
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Dec
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comment What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?
@Jason: They are next to each other, so I'd bump around and experience the variety myself. Like I said, one plan might be to start in Westwood and hike around north of there one day, go more north or east and hike around there the next day, etc. After a few days you'll end up in the NE corner of CA and will have experienced a wide range of different landscapes, but all relatively dry and open. Dig around Google Earth and look at uploaded photos.
Dec
15
answered What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?
Dec
15
comment What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?
"Lassen" is also a National Forest.
Dec
15
answered Can cold weather be sufficient to act as a refrigerator?
Dec
14
comment What's the most remote place in the continental US?
The existance of stupid people doesn't make your statement, "the Canada part of the USA" any less stupid.
Dec
13
comment What's the most remote place in the continental US?
"The Canada part of the USA" Huh? Perhaps you meant the Canadian part of North America? Remoteness is certainly more abundant in northern Canada than in the 48 states, with parts of Alaska also be quite remote.
Nov
27
comment Wear a Shirt(and sunscreen) or (just) Sunscreen
Huh? How will "wind or light breeze" affect digestion, in the long or short run?
Nov
21
comment How can I avoid an encounter with a large feline?
The traditional method is to bring along a goat. When the tiger charges, release the goat and the tiger will go after it instead of you. I imagine a small skittish person would work in place of a goat.
Oct
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Oct
15
comment What fictitious wilderness animals are there as tourist attractions?
My personal favorite is the Jackalope that inhabits the dry areas of the western US. You run across them from Arizona to Montana.
Oct
15
comment What fictitious wilderness animals are there as tourist attractions?
Geesh guys, lighten up a little. I wouldn't say every myth or fictitious thing is OK here, but this one seems pretty harmless, and rather fun too.
Oct
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Oct
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answered Do mountains regularly (for a mountain) change height?
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Sep
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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.
Sep
27
answered When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
Sep
22
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.