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location Prince George, BC
age 25
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seen Jul 14 '12 at 2:08

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!


Jun
20
comment Will boiling be enough to decontaminate standing water from pathogens and toxins?
I'd be interested to hear what about the water is unsafe, aside from pathogens, and whether a method exists to "destroy the toxins," whatever they may be.
Jun
19
comment How much garlic in the mountain kitchen?
The skeptic in me is unhappy with placing information from a naturopath on a site based on objective answers. I don't see there being anything wrong with eating lots of garlic, but I'd like to see some serious sources here if we are effectively claiming that garlic can "prevent colds and flu, stimulate circulation..." and so on.
Jun
15
comment Would a tampon be a good addition to a survival kit
It is certainly uncommon, but I once provided a tampon to a girl's group that was camping nearby when they happened to run out of them.
Jun
15
comment Do I need to worry about feral dogs or even wolves if I camp in random areas while hitchhiking in Georgia (the country)?
@RussellSteen - I didn't say feral dogs are zero risk, I said that wolves are zero risk. Big difference! I can see how my sentence structure was somewhat ambiguous in that separation.
Jun
6
comment Is a varied diet necessary while backpacking?
I would love to hear from someone on real protein needs. A NOLS blog post discusses research showing a loss of muscle mass (and fat) after NOLS courses. Seems like an interesting place to start with nutrition.
Jun
6
comment Are Trangia and MSR fuel bottles inter changeable?
Thanks for sharing the info on the Trangia bottles. I didn't know they weren't metal, and you answered the pressure question posed above. Interesting that you mention alcohol corroding MSR bottles, because I've known many people who carry alcohol in MSR bottles, and have done so for years. Perhaps those bottles are no longer safe for pressurized use? I wonder if someone has tested that.
May
16
comment How can I locate lanes where I can legally drive a 4x4 in the UK?
@HorusKol - Interesting. I'm not familiar with "green-laning." Are you saying that this question is akin to asking whether one can ride their bike/4x4/scooter/whatever in a Wilderness area or national park in the US? Because that would be a totally legit access question in my mind.
May
14
comment How can I locate lanes where I can legally drive a 4x4 in the UK?
It seems appropriate to add the link to the meta on 4x4 issues: meta.outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/205/299 I'm not convinced that a question like this is on-topic, particularly since you are basically asking about driving cars around, but it deserves more discussion.
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
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
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
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.