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My primary outdoor pursuits include biking, hiking, backpacking, XC skiing, and paddling. I'm learning some wilderness medicine as well – I'm Wilderness First Aid certified and plan to become a certified Wilderness First Responder in the next year.

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

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comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
@KentFisher how bout them pictures?
Oct
21
comment Preventing hand blisters while paddling
Thanks for the tip @That. I don't wear any rings, but good to know.
Oct
21
comment Preventing hand blisters while paddling
@WW the primary point is in fact on the base of my right thumb. I'm right handed, FWIW.
Oct
16
comment How can I prevent animals from marking my camp as their territory?
You don't have to mark the tent specifically... just mark around your camp.
Oct
3
comment Ration or consume water?
This is interesting, but it would be nice to see some sort of reference for "the belief is false".
Sep
25
comment What lighting equipment do I need for playing ultimate frisbee at night?
@Sdry how do you figure? Ultimate is an outdoor activity.
Sep
18
comment What to do if a team member falls sick?
I would also add with regards to pain killers: pain is one of the few diagnostic tools at your disposal! If you give a patient pain killer medication, it might make them feel better for a while, but you might miss a sign that their condition is improving/deteriorating.
Sep
18
comment Black bears and torch lights
In many areas bear resistant canisters are required. They don't help eliminate smells, but they keep the bear from actually getting into the food.
Sep
10
comment Any tips to reduce chance that I have to get up and pee in the night (not counting dehydration, of course)
FWIW, my family all used a "pee cup" (a re-used bottle of some sort) when we went camping, from a young age. Keep it just outside the door, in the vestibule area. Never had any problems from it, and saved a lot of bundling up at night.
Sep
9
comment Leading an inexperienced group
You can "require" something without being a jerk about it too. Just email everybody a list with section for "required gear", "suggested gear", and "optional gear". The specific gear that you should "require" is different for each trip; I'm providing an example here but if the leader thinks (for example) that 1L of water is enough for this route, that's their call.
Sep
5
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
Rice can also be easily made delicious! Dehydrated black beans don't weight much and add some flavor. All sorts of spices can be added that also don't weight much. Powedered cheese is a good addition too. As an alternative, couscous is good and similarly light-weight.
Sep
5
comment Commuting by canoe
I've just got to say, this series of posts and updates is very inspiring and interesting! We don't have a PM functionality on this site, but comments do the trick. :)
Sep
4
comment What are the first aid precautions to be taken in case of a snake bite?
@elrobis not a good idea. You need to get to help; alcohol is only going to impede your judgement and slow you down.
Sep
4
comment What are the first aid precautions to be taken in case of a snake bite?
I agree with @BenCrowell. Venom extractors and squeezing blood out of the wound do more harm than good. Read this.
Sep
2
comment Bare Essentials for 2-3 day Hike
The dehydrated prepackaged stuff is definitely overpriced but you can make your own similar food on the cheap. For example, I often put together freeze-dried beans, freeze-dried rice, some spices, and powdered cheese, and it makes for a great dinner!
Sep
2
comment Bare Essentials for 2-3 day Hike
It sounds to me like your food weighs a lot more than it needs to. Canned foods are very heavy for the amount of food you get. You may want to consider freeze-dried or dehydrated foods that'll still keep well but be much lighter and consume less space. Canned beans for example, you're mostly carrying around water and metal. You can get dehydrated beans and cook them yourselves at camp.
Sep
2
comment Bare Essentials for 2-3 day Hike
@GeistvonPA no offense, but not carrying a first aid kit because you've never needed one before seems foolish. The point is that you may need it when you least expect it. There's a lot more to first aid than sutures; in fact, anybody not properly trained and equipped is going to do more damage than good by trying to close a wound with thread and needle. You should be carrying the 10 essentials, including a first aid kit, on any overnight trip.
Sep
2
comment How to get weather forecasts at Yellowstone?
@ppl there's nothing wrong with posting a self-answer though.
Aug
24
comment How to get weather forecasts at Yellowstone?
Awesome! I'm glad you got a system figured out @Mili.
Aug
19
comment What information to leave with your emergency contact?
Regarding a radio: if using an FRS/GMRS radio, it might be useful to note what channel (and privacy code if applicable) your radio is on. Then if you get lost, you can set it to that channel and there's a chance that you would be able to communicate with rescuers.