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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!


Feb
28
answered Starting cross-country skiing off trails
Feb
27
comment How should I treat hypothermia?
It is not standard practice to buddy up in a bag - this is far less effective than you might think. The preferred practice is a hypo-wrap where you include hot water bottles in vital areas. And just to be specific, the danger of moving a patient when severely hypothermic is not sending them into shock, but causing a heart attack. Source: Wilderness First Responder for the past 6 years.
Feb
24
revised What type of knife should I carry while rock climbing?
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Feb
19
awarded  Student
Feb
19
asked What type of knife should I carry while rock climbing?
Feb
19
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
That looks right. Makes it easy, too, because unless you're boiling above 14000 ft you'll kill anything by the time it hits boiling (depending on how you interpret Hep A).
Feb
19
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
@Matthew - I'm not sure that's true. My understanding is that they are killed by the water inside them reaching a temperature that forces a state change (liquid to gas). Not 100% sure of that, but that's how I understand it.
Feb
19
comment Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?
Are you interested in the strength of each knot, or the usefulness? There are very, very few situations aside from massive shock loads that would be an issue for any of the three, strength-wise.
Feb
19
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
@Russell - Fair enough. I would particularly take that precaution if I were with a group of newbies (tend to have worse hygiene).
Feb
17
comment Do iodine water treatment tablets have negative effects?
I posted more on this in the question on boiling water rather than continue it here.
Feb
17
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
I believe the CDC recommendation is based on the fact that your average person doesn't know what "boil" means, not because it is actually necessary. I have some references for that if it's appropriate.
Feb
17
comment Do iodine water treatment tablets have negative effects?
I posted this comment earlier: The boiling time is definitely NOT true. Water only needs to reach the boiling point to become safe. Don't waste your fuel by boiling it for more than a moment. This is as per the Wilderness Medicine Institute's principles, as seen in this article: nols.edu/wmi/articles/archive/stomach.shtml But I retract it due to some conflicting sources. I'll reserve judgement until I see scholarly articles. Sorry.
Feb
17
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
I think we need some scholarly references here, because the Wilderness Medicine Institute also says to bring water just to a boil to be safe. It is conflicting, so I think we need better sources to answer this question accurately.
Feb
17
awarded  Commentator
Feb
17
answered Kitesurfing optimal conditions
Feb
16
answered What can be safely trimmed on a backpack
Feb
16
comment How is “pack weight” measured
Ultralighters get very particular about these details and how they are measured. After all, if you're going to be cutting the end off your toothbrush and drying out pieces of toothpaste to store in baggies, you're probably going to need some obsessive traits to help you through...
Feb
16
comment What clothing would be appropriate for hiking in -18°C with up to 30 km/hr wind?
Generally true, Russell. I'm sort of splitting hairs. However, if it is -40 degrees outside, and there is no wind or wetness, you still could get injured. According to the army reference sheet I linked to, you could get frostbite on exposed skin within 45 minutes. Even a slight breeze would amplify that. Pretty rare, of course, so for all practical purposes you're absolutely right.
Feb
15
comment Raw meat on hikes
Just thought I'd add a cautionary note about sous vide with ziplocks. I've seen a lot of criticism of boiling ziplock bags due to the plastic releasing chemicals. I haven't seen anything definitive, but look into it and be careful.
Feb
15
comment What happens to cams after climbing?
There are good answers below. I'd add that I have certainly had to leave gear on a wall in desperate situations, or when the cams get stuck.