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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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Jan
2
comment Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?
It would help if you showed a picture of the kind of landscape you want to hike in. No, I don't know Dalveen Pass, and I expect few others here do either. Also, which attributes exactly are the ones you care about. Openess, grass covered, the typical temperature, wetness, windiness, etc?
Dec
21
comment Why are death percentages of death from trauma in an avalanche so different between USA, Europe, and Canada?
Europeans have thicker skulls?
Dec
21
comment How precise is a pedometer for estimating on a backpacking trip?
@mjr: No, a "pedometer" is something that tries to measure footfalls or steps. GPS units can measure traveled distance too, but it is wrong to call such devices "pedometers". You could use a measauring wheel to find trail length, but again, that's a measuring wheel, not a pedometer. In other words, pedometers are always step-based trackers, as you put it.
Dec
18
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.
Dec
15
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
comment What are some good guides to the U.S. national forests, specifically those in California?
"Lassen" is also a National Forest.
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
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.
Sep
27
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
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.
Sep
18
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.
Sep
8
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
26
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
26
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
18
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.
Aug
3
comment How can I maximise my chances of seeing a wild wombat?
The first step is to get yourself to Australia.