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If I see further than most, it is because I have stood on the toes of giants and they kicked me high into the air...

However, there is nothing to suggest that I see further than most.

I am (inasmuch as one 'is' an occupation) an engineer. My mathematical skills are rather pedestrian, with a rare insight every now and then. I have been lucky enough to sit in the same room with some famous mathematicians & engineers. My Erdős number is 5, which undoubtedly makes me as unique as an Irishman in a pub. And I have been spotted in The Pub from time to time.

In professional circumstances, my value add has usually been the injection of common sense and completion of grunt work when perspectives and energies are unfocused.

My current age is the smallest number composed of the first two primes that would allow me to have watched on RTÉ the slightly contradictory small step for man and giant leap for mankind.

My real name is Joe Higgins. Apparently, my last name means 'of the Viking' in Irish.

My alma mater is University College, Cork in Ireland, and I had the additional privilege of obtaining my Phd. from the University of California at Berkeley under the enlightened tutelage of Lucien Polak.

I can be reached at joe dot higgins at gmail dot com.


Mar
1
awarded  Commentator
Mar
1
comment High Altitude Cooking - Most efficient fuel and stove type
I use an old MSR XGK with Coleman white gas in an 11 oz. bottle. I use 4-6 oz. per day for myself at around 10,000' for lunch, dinner, a few cups of tea & melting snow. I am focused on comfort rather than efficiency. So this would be an upper bound.
Feb
12
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
tentpoletechnologies.com works too.
Feb
12
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
Not necessarily easy, depends on tent & age of tent. I am located in the Bay Area, California and had difficulty sourcing replacement poles for an older Kelty. Ended up with tentpoletechnologies.com in Washington (the same as mentioned in the accepted answer). (Whoa, just noticed how old this is...)
Feb
3
comment How steep of a slope can you skin up in AT gear?
Thanks Fred! I've seen them (Whippets). Helps to know that this is an extreme example. Looks cool, but I know I would topple in a moment.
Feb
3
comment Best approach to camping in snow?
Plus, digging shelters uses a lot of energy and leaves you very wet.
Feb
3
comment How steep of a slope can you skin up in AT gear?
What happens if the steeper guy slips/falls? Can he self arrest?
Jan
14
awarded  Supporter
Jan
14
comment Does cotton really kill?
+1: Very nice to have facts.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
17
awarded  Teacher
Sep
16
comment Can you boil an egg in dirty water?
If the water is not polluted in some specific way, then most relevant pathogens will have been killed by the boiling water. At reasonable altitudes, just boiling is sufficient (you don't have to wait a few minutes). So, if you are concerned, boil your water first, then boil your egg. I think the risks are often overblown, for example on short trips I often drink directly from streams (giardia is a risk, but takes many days to manifest itself and a little Flagyl will get rid of it).
Sep
16
comment Is “altitude” an absolute measure of air “thinness”?
Also, the Sherpa drinks far less beer.
Sep
16
comment What is the name of this knot for tying into a “confidence” rope?
In case you haven't already, you might take a look at the knots in "Freedom of the hills".
Sep
16
answered 4x4 vs AWD off road