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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!


Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
It's too bad no one has done research into backcountry mayo. I have certainly consumed large quantities of it even after many days out - maybe I should limit that from now on!
Mar
15
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
So why does it taste so good on the sixth day?! :-P
Mar
15
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
I've been told that if you don't introduce a protein source (like tuna on your knife), the stuff won't go bad for at least a week, maybe more. I don't have anything to back that up, unfortunately, other than personal experience.
Mar
15
comment Is it safe to camp in the desert without a tent?
Couldn't have said it better... I also have rarely used a tent in the desert and never had problems (aside from once setting up on the above mentioned anthills).
Mar
15
comment Training to prepare for oxygen deficiency in the high mountains
I'd add that low-intensity exercise helps acclimatization - don't just sit on your butt and hope you acclimate.
Mar
15
comment Training to prepare for oxygen deficiency in the high mountains
I think so, yes. The problem is that there is no way (that I have ever heard of, anyway) for a body to adapt to a pressure situation that it is not currently in. This is why you acclimate slowly as you ascend, and why your body returns to normal function not long after returning to lower altitudes. If you're really interested in the scientific details, see the research from Ev-K2-CNR (near Everest): evk2cnr.org/cms/en/research/results . So, long comment short, go high slowly, be in fantastic physical condition, and hone your winter camping skills.
Mar
14
comment Training to prepare for oxygen deficiency in the high mountains
I would note that it isn't oxygen deficiency that is the primary challenge with high altitude - it is the pressure difference. Oxygen is often supplemented on high ascents, but it isn't a cure-all, because oxygen isn't the big issue. Also note that you can be struck with AMS, HAPE, or HACE even if you are an accomplished and otherwise unaffected mountaineer.
Mar
14
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
@Clare - Good edit. I think that helps flesh the question out!
Mar
13
comment What sleeping bags are needed for a northbound thru-hike of the AT
I think it all comes down to opinion at this level. The other companies are great, but I've been very satisfied with GoLite products, they have a great eco-friendly pedigree, and you can get ones that don't have a center zip if you don't like it (and quilts). I can buy a Feathered Friends bag for twice the price and save a couple ounces... but that's up to preference.
Mar
13
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
I think the answer to your current question is a simple "yes." Through hikers undoubtedly will need multiple pairs of boots/shoes. Is there more to the question, or more we can add to it?
Mar
13
comment Putting in contact lenses when outdoors
I agree with Russell - great question. I wear contacts as well, and when trekking in Nepal I struggled with a hygienic way of cleaning. For that month I did okay with a quick hand wash with soap, followed by hand sanitizer, but I can't really recommend that method.
Mar
13
comment What sleeping bags are needed for a northbound thru-hike of the AT
Since you are already mentioning brand names, check out GoLite, particularly if you can get it in person, where it costs less (a lot less). GoLite has some very good bags and quilts to check out, and they focus on weight as a priority. (Full disclosure: I worked at GoLite for a couple months)
Mar
11
comment What are some proven methods of training for week long backpacking trips in high altitude?
I would definitely combine the elements of both answers. Good health is vital, but you can't really "train" for the effects of high altitude - you just have to try it. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can set in at surprisingly low altitudes, particularly if you haven't given yourself adequate acclimatization time, and it can be deadly. Know the signs and take care of yourself.
Mar
7
comment How should I treat poison ivy?
I have heard anecdotally that excessive use of (or the use of high potency) topical Benadryl can cause some adverse reactions. I personally got what appeared to be (at least presented like) hives after treating my poison ivy rash with very strong cream. Anyone heard that or have any real evidence for it?
Mar
7
comment What good options are there for wine transport?
I have used the Platypus container, and it worked just fine (kept over about 3 days). Then again, the wine was consumed very quickly... We also tried wine in a rigid Nalgene bottle on a river trip, but after a couple days it was pretty much undrinkable.
Mar
5
comment Should I get trekking poles for snowshoeing, or stick with ski poles?
I'd also note that there are lots of ski poles that telescope away. Generally if you're already using backcountry-style poles they will be the adjustable kind.
Mar
4
comment What is the effect of changing side and edge bevel on ski edges?
Added an explanation for "de-tuning." Plenty of slang and invented terminology in the ski world, eh?
Mar
2
comment Driving tent pegs into rocky ground
Depending on your stakes, you can use one stake placed perpendicular on top of the stake you're trying to push into the ground. That gives you a nice big handle where you can provide good force along with dexterity. This works best with stakes like the MSR Mini-Groundhog stake.
Mar
2
comment How often should I wax skis?
I'd add that you should add a coat of storage wax before putting them away for the season. Also, the quality of your wax job will determine the time between waxings as well. If you don't wax well, the PTEX won't accept the wax as well and will wear out faster.
Feb
28
comment Starting cross-country skiing off trails
Weight does tend to mix things up. That all being said, I love the downhill, so I'd never give up my teles!