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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.

We are certified Microchip design partners, and have been in the top catagory consistantly since around 2000. Various free downloads related to developing PIC firmware and other things are available at http://www.embedinc.com/pic/dload.htm.


May
23
answered Depth Perception in the Mountains
May
17
awarded  hiking
May
16
comment How to dry wet shoes quickly?
@Ben: Make sure to use thick wool socks, that's important.
May
16
answered How to dry wet shoes quickly?
May
1
comment When do I need a permit to go into nature?
See also: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/3511/1854
Apr
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
22
comment What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
@Liam: We're talking about a wilderness situation, not where you can get the injured person to a medical professional in a reasonable time or without great difficulty. My left shoulder has dislocated a bunch of times, a few times in distant or difficult locations. You do need to know something about reducing a dislocated shoulder, and there are risks as I point out, but not fixing it also carries severe consequences. It would be very painful and suffer other risks to bring a person out with a dislocated shoulder, or make them wait many hours for help to come.
Apr
16
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
14
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Hiking around Mt Lemmon is rather different from hiking on the basin floor.
Apr
14
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Where exactly in the "AZ desert" are you planning on going. Some places are a lot more severe and remote than others. For example, deep in the Kofa NWR, I'd be extra careful.
Apr
14
answered How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Apr
10
comment What is a place in the U.S.A that is between 40-60 degrees year round and doesn't get a ton of rain?
Yes, Eureka is quite rainy, as is everyplace on the west slope of the costal range in the pacific northwest. In fact, that's where some of the highest rainfalls (and snowfalls) are recorded in the US. There is a similar but smaller region in Hawaii, which I think has the actual highest rainfal in the US if I remember right. The highest snowfall, again if I remember right, is at Paradise Ranger Station on the west slope of Mt Rainier.
Apr
10
answered What is a place in the U.S.A that is between 40-60 degrees year round and doesn't get a ton of rain?
Mar
2
answered Large Tents and Traditional Campsites
Feb
21
comment What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?
@Dopey: As you point out, making it wider would require significantly more strength of the horizontal decking, which would add significant cost. There is no point to a bridge that can support a wheelchair or stroller when the rest of the trail can't. We wouldn't use this bridge for the "accessible" trails in town, but those are seriously more expensive and require a budget all their own. The majority of trails will always be regular trails for that reason. It is simply unreasonable to make all the outdoors wheelchair-accessible.
Feb
13
comment Hemp socks and wicking properties
Note that hemp is illegal in some jurisdictions.
Feb
13
awarded  Self-Learner
Feb
12
comment What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?
@ppl: If something added cost so that it is 1/3 the final cost, then it added 50% to the original cost. It's two ways of saying the same thing.
Feb
12
asked What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?
Feb
12
answered What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?