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location Prince George, BC
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I am a young outdoor professional from Colorado. I have had the privilege of growing up with a father who loves the outdoors and taught me what he knew. I have worked as a guide, educator, and leader for the past 7 years, and received my B.A. in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College. I love many outdoor sports, but my focus areas are rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, and skiing. I'm still learning a lot, so I'm happy to be part of an open community like this one. Thanks for reading!


May
11
comment The outdoors, solitude and dealing with loneliness
Wouldn't this be more appropriate as a wiki? There isn't a specific right answer to this question, and there could be many different opinions and tips.
May
8
awarded  Nice Answer
May
7
comment Yellowstone back country camping trip?
A complete answer to this is a pretty tall order. Since I can't speak to Yellowstone in particular, I suggest looking up this excellent book: amazon.com/Allen-Mikes-Really-Cool-Backpackin/dp/1560449128 (Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backpackin Book).
May
7
comment What style crampon should I use for my hiking boots and how do I adjust them?
One example I see quite often with hikers is the Black Diamond Nerve: blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/climb/crampons/… The version with straps is easy to use on most footwear, and the aluminum assures light weight (but will get dings much faster). The "Contact" is a similar set (with straps, not bales).
May
6
comment Preventing cross-loading on belay carabiners
Interesting question - I've never had a problem with this. Must be a combination of factors that I don't understand.
May
6
comment How to choose a fire steel and use it most effectively?
I'd add that fire drills (particularly if you make one yourself) are tricky to use, and they use a very different lighting method (they create a coal, which you place inside a tinder nest). A flint and steel + matches + small lighter are much smaller as a total package, and easier overall to use.
May
6
comment Chalk: pure, plus drying agent, liquid?
@Mr.Wizard - Thanks for the heads up! Looks a bit questionable.
Apr
28
revised Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?
Fixed lots and lots of grammar
Apr
28
suggested suggested edit on Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?
Apr
28
comment What is a a good source of vitamin C in the wild?
In the States where I am (Rockies) I rarely see more than the occasional berry in the wild. The best option out here is rose-hips, but that is usually a fall/winter option. Delicious and nutritious (just scrape out the fuzzy insides)!
Apr
27
answered A little bit of acclimatisation or no acclimatisation at all?
Apr
26
comment Does wash in waterproofing work on a non-waterproof shell?
Two clarifying questions: 1) What is the shell made out of, and 2) How long do you want the shell to be waterproof?
Apr
26
comment Eating in a long sport activity (scuba diving) to keep your strength up
I suggest making your own gels, if you weren't already thinking that. It's nice to be able to tailor the taste, consistency, and nutrition to your needs.
Apr
25
comment Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?
@jmusser - The change of title (don't know if that was you or Russell) is a good start. I don't believe "immune" is a good word for your current lack of reaction, and I'd like to see the question address all such people (use fewer first person references). To be clear, I like the question conceptually.
Apr
24
comment Does the solar powered fridge work as advertised whilst hiking?
Cool idea. I can't fathom wanting to carry it around, but it might help keep things cool (and not gross) on river trips.
Apr
24
comment Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?
I hesitate to +1 it, because the question is flawed (the "immune" aspect is what bothers me). Otherwise, I agree that it is a fine (though somewhat crazy) question.
Apr
17
comment How effective are portable electric fences?
The alarm aspect is interesting. In some places where bear hangs and such are a challenge, I've seen people pile up pots and pans and such to make an "alarm." Works with small animals, too, but comes with a cost.
Apr
16
comment Do I need to worry about feral dogs or even wolves if I camp in random areas while hitchhiking in Georgia (the country)?
Interesting question! I know that wolves are exactly zero risk in the USA, and I've camped in some very "doggy" regions in the USA and Mexico without concern. I'll be interested to see what other people say.
Apr
15
comment Do I need to break in double plastic mountaineering boots?
I'd add that usually these boots need to stay at a "performance" fit, depending on your sport and uses. If the liner and footbed adjust too much, you'll lose that precision which is so vital.
Apr
15
comment What are the key differences between Mountaineering and Rock Climbing?
Overall I like the answer, but there is less grey area than you might think. No climber/mountaineer would claim that El Cap is a mountaineering endeavor. I suppose that might be hard to explain to the non-initiated, though.