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I grew up savage and wild, riding dinosaurs and taming sharks.

Okay, I may have exaggerated just a little. I grew up in a kibbutz in the north of Israel, and spent the majority of my childhood playing outside. Really outside, as in creeks, rivers, canyons, mountains, forests and the like. I moved to Vancouver, BC Canada in late 2005, and discovered that most of my outdoors skills and training did not translate very well. The predators are bigger (and actually lethal,) and the need for water was replaced with the need for warmth and the ability to melt snow for water. The snow, cold, and an abundance of wetness were also quite new... This was a bit of a challenge. A lot of new things to learn and old skills to adapt. But eventually I learned the ways of the frigid north (okay, "the wet north," but that didn't sound as epic, did it?)

I have become a fan of the BC backcountry, with its beautiful and secluded mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows and crystal clear lakes. I have picked up rock climbing, mountaineering, ski touring and mountaineering, and ice climbing. These days I generally strive to spend at least half of my weekends in a year away from civilization.


Jan
22
answered What's the best protection for my knees while bouldering?
Jan
22
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Jan
8
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
I really like this answer. It's similar to what I often do. Often I'll just preboil the water, then fry up whatever needs to be fried, dump the boiled water on it and set it aside to cook in its own heat.
Jan
8
revised How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
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Jan
8
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
I'll edit the short answer to point in the direction of @KateGregory's answer, as it basically encompasses what I wanted to convey by "don't" but didn't know how. Basically, that your food doesn't have to be over a flame the entire time it's cooking.
Jan
8
revised How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
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Jan
8
answered How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
Jan
7
comment Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
OlinLathrop the point I was making was that that stove is perfectly capable of burning regular unleaded gasoline, by design, as @whatsisname pointed out. The second part of my comment, which did repeat much of your answer, is intended to explain why white gas is preferable even though the stove can work with unleaded gasoline just fine. I apologize for any confusion.
Jan
7
awarded  Editor
Jan
7
revised Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
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Jan
7
answered Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
Jan
7
comment Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
The Whisperlite Internataional and Universal versions can burn unleaded gasoline just fine. It's not recommended because it's dirtier, causes more carbon buildup that can clog up the stove, and often has automotive additives that are toxic through both skin contact and breathing.
Jan
5
comment What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?
@sdg or die of blood loss... :D
Jan
5
comment what are the criteria that should be taken in consideration when buying a PLB?
Your listed options are good, and I think best isn't always most expensive, but it often is; one should factor price into utility, not the other way around. However, the one thing you left out is network coverage. Not all PLB networks cover the entire planet. Not all of them have satellites hanging at just the right places for your beacon to get a signal out from a deep valley surrounded by some tall mountains, and so on... This becomes a per-use issue that you should consider on a case by case basis as you head out into the bush.
Dec
28
comment Pain in the heel after a hike
@PearsonArtPhoto also, as new shoes tend to reform a bit to your fit during their break in period, it may be worthwhile to stop every few miles to untie and retie the shoe laces to adjust for that deformation. But good socks are definitely a good idea if you don't have some already, although pretty much any "sports" socks should do a decent job for short (i.e. day) hikes.
Dec
27
awarded  Teacher
Dec
27
comment Adequate Shoes for Travel
The Ganda is a climbing approach shoe, so I actually wouldn't go for it (you'll be paying a premium for features you won't use... Plus it's got breathing holes that will let in snow/water.) Assuming you're in Canada now, why not go to MEC and check out their shoes and ask the shoe section guys? It sounds like you want a combination of style, comfort, grip, and waterproofness/water-resistance. Maybe check out their outdoor lifestyle shoes.
Dec
26
answered What dried vegetarian foods have the highest ratio of calories to volume?
Dec
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awarded  Supporter
Dec
26
comment Keeping warm in an emergency
I was taught in a recent wilderness first aid course that (2) is not as useful as placing the hypothermic person in a sleeping bag with warm water bottles, and continuously feeding them warm fluids and food. This is because (a) the warm person is more useful outside preparing care for the hypothermic, and (b) external heat does not heat up the core very fast anyway--mostly the warm person is just keeping the sleeping bag warm, which a warm bottle can do just as well. The best treatment is warm food and fluids, and moist warm air, combined with insulation from the cold.