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My primary outdoor pursuits include biking, hiking, backpacking, XC skiing, and paddling. I'm a recently-certified Wilderness First Responder and have an interest in wilderness medicine. I'm just starting to get into some rock climbing and mountaineering as well.

I created The Bike Light Database, a site to help cyclists find the right bike light for their rides.

I've also been a Community Moderator ♦ for Super User since 2011, and am sometimes active on a handful of other Stack Exchange sites. .

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Mar
3
comment If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
Does this answer really add anything that the other answers don't already cover?
Feb
26
comment Donating blood at higher altitudes and Acclimatization
It does seem like an unlikely scenario, but is an interesting thought question.
Feb
11
comment Is it safe to put snow in water filtration?
That's a good point. Although, it's worth noting that if the water is fully melted, this isn't inherently a problem. Freezing pumps can be a problem regardless of water source.
Feb
10
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
While likely on-topic here, you may consider asking to have this question migrated to Bicycles.
Feb
9
comment Is it safe to put snow in water filtration?
@njzk2 good points. The cup is what I always carry with me, as emergency backup. For trips where I'm planning ahead expecting to melt snow (or use a stove in general) I bring a larger pot. I'm just showing that it's possible to bring those resources for a small investment in weight and space.
Feb
9
comment Is it safe to put snow in water filtration?
@amph I carry this small cup, an MSR pocket rocket and a 4 oz (smallest size) IsoPro canister on pretty much every ski trip and many hiking trips, even day trips. The total weight is minimal, it allows me to melt snow if necessary, and I can make hot drinks if somebody is hypothermic or we have to stay the night for some reason. They all pack together pretty small.
Feb
9
comment What size dry bag is best for keeping and washing clothes?
I wouldn't keep wet clothes wet for very long. They'll mildew.
Feb
8
comment Can bears smell food inside dry sacks?
@BenCrowell I fixed the logical error introduced by the edit, and I agree (as was stated in the original copy) that an airtight container will reduce the distance from which a bear can smell the food.
Feb
8
comment Can bears smell food inside dry sacks?
@Wills wow I was clearly asleep at the wheel when I accepted that edit. Oops!
Feb
1
comment Reliability of snow bollards
I don't have much expertise in this area but my initial impression is that I wouldn't feel comfortable rapelling off of that.
Jan
29
comment Tree skiing/riding in Colorado
Thanks! Looks much better now.
Jan
29
comment Tree skiing/riding in Colorado
I would suggest you edit your post so it's not asking "what's the best" but instead "where is tree riding available" in Colorado. Questions about "the best" are considered subjective and may be closed. I voted it down for that reason, but if you edit it to be less subjective I'd definitely reverse my vote.
Jan
29
comment Is it really that unsafe to touch a stranger's wound?
I also disagree that you cannot help any injury unfixable by tape and bandages, although with only a basic first-aid level training that's likely true. A wilderness first aid or better yet wilderness first responder course will give you the skills to manage and control many types of life-threatening situations including severe bleeding. These courses are available to anybody and take much less time and money than a full EMT or Paramedic cert.
Jan
29
comment Is it really that unsafe to touch a stranger's wound?
@RoryAlsop a tourniquet is really a last resort though. If you apply a tourniquet, they're going to lose that appendage, so it better be your last choice. It's wise to keep gloves within quick reach at all times; even if you waste 1 minute pulling out your gloves you're going to be able to effect much better treatment.
Jan
29
comment Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents
That being said, for a canyoneering incident specifically, I agree that looking at mountaineering information is unlikely to be the most informative source. While there are some parallels, looking at whitewater rescue info is likely to yield more relevant scenarios.
Jan
29
comment Site with statistics of mountaineering accidents
@BenCrowell I don't think it's accurate to say that helis are "seldom used" in SAR. In terms of % of people in a SAR mission sure heli crews are small, and many SAR operations are completed without aircraft by volunteers on the ground as you said. But for broad searches and extraction from remote places, helicopters are often involved.
Jan
21
comment What should I do if I get sprayed by a skunk?
I think step 1 is probably to swear profusely, no?
Jan
20
comment Is there a technique to snow-shoeing besides “walk on the snow”?
Could you explain more about the heel lift? I've never seen that before, and I can't tell from the picture alone how that works.
Jan
20
comment Is there a more practical type of cord to carry than “550 paracord”?
This is a good suggestion. I'm going to hold out on accepting an answer though, as I'd like to see if there are any other ideas.
Dec
19
comment What can I do to keep my hands warm while using touchscreens in the winter?
How are these any different from any other gloves with exposable finger tips? They're just another brand, right?