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Justin is the lead developer at SpedWare LLC. He oversees development of all databases and Web applications. While in college, Justin was recognized in national and international competitions for embedded software architecture and mathematical modeling.

Justin is active in the community, serving as both a United Way Campaign Account Manager and a Healthy Community Council member since 2007. As part of JMU's College for Kids, Justin has taught Video Game Design courses for 10-13 years olds.

When he's not programming, Justin enjoys listening to all forms of music and spending as much time outdoors as possible, an interest he developed while earning his Eagle Scout award.


Oct
2
comment How do you wash your water repellent apparel (DWR)?
fwiw, basic description of DWR if you are not familiar: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durable_water_repellent
Aug
23
comment Can I upgrade my MSR Wisperlite International to also be able to burn propane?
I believe the universal also has a modified fuel line, but I don't have any references for you
Jul
8
comment How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?
possible duplicate: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/767/…
May
22
comment New to fishing in Virginia
welcome to the site! I just need to narrow things down a little more. Are you wanting to get on a boat and head out into the Potomac or other lakes or do you want to fish from the shore/dock?
May
4
comment How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?
@Ben - I never claimed it was scientific evidence. The poster requested references. I provided the reference and included my personal experience. I like Graham's answer so I gave it a vote myself.
Feb
19
comment Is freeze-dried food healthy?
I could follow some footnotes and dig up an answer, and will try to do so when I get a chance, but I assumed the only thing lost of water. The difference from dehydrating is in how the water is removed. I personally have very little facts here and would need to do more research.
Feb
11
comment Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips
I mostly agree with what you have said, and I think that is why you don't have any answers yet, but the questions has not getting votes to close. There is an answerable question somewhere in there but I don't know what it is.
Feb
9
comment Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips
Your questions is very open-ended. Hammocks and tents offer different benefits and drawbacks in different climates and for different individuals. This site is not meant to start a discussion of these various items but to drill down to a definitive answer to a question. I'm not sure there is a definitive list of advantages to hammocks over tents.
Jan
27
comment Selecting backpacking cooking pot – teflon, aluminum, steel, titanium, or cast iron?
@Don - my scoutmasters would pick one short hike a year so they could pack a cast iron dutch oven and make a cobbler. It's a rare treat that can convince 13 year-olds to carry extra weight!
Nov
14
comment Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
@Amine - the point I was making is a solid answer that fits the guidelines of this site is difficult without that additional information. If you want to know which is best for each situation you could make multiple questions. If you just want a list of things to consider in an energy bar that doesn't exactly fit the purpose of this site. Great question, just trying to get more information so answers can be more directed.
Nov
12
comment Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
If you question is only for hiking I think you should add that to your question (I know you have it tagged). I say this because different activities have different needs. The amount of protein, the weight, and quality of taste will depend for me on the activity. I will take a better tasting heavier bar hiking where backpacking I want light and tons of protein, regardless of the taste.
Sep
26
comment Is it safe to use water purification tablets after their expiration date?
Chlorine I know slowly turns into a gas, evaporating away. Not sure specifically about iodine. Truthfully, I thought this forum wouldn't need scientific explanation, only the necessary info for someone enjoying the Great Outdoors.
Sep
21
comment Soft or hard drinking bottle?
+1 from me for a lot of good remarks that I missed. Not sure I agree though on the break point of a hard bottle. The pressures that we're talking about I don't think get anywhere near enough to break a nalgene bottle or equivalent. I'm thinking of a person falling on their pack. Maybe someone accidentally stepping on the bottle. Those kinds of pressures.
Sep
20
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
@Patrick - thanks for the suggestion. I use tablets and have an REI membership. Tablets work, but I still remember fondly the days when I had my Polar Pure. Been some updates from Polar Pure since I wrote this question but still no solution.
Sep
18
comment Campsites in Virginia which allow alcohol?
I see the votes to close, but I would like someone to explain them in the comments. I agree this is near the limits of our questions (not very GREAT outdoors if you can bring a case of beer) but I don't know a better SA site for this question and I could see it being useful. The Northern VA area has tons of great camping, some private and some public. I don't know which ones allow drinking but I would be interested in knowing. +1
Aug
30
comment Dealing with a campsite that is full of rocks or not flat terrain?
Two words, Hammock Tent: rei.com/category/40007158
Aug
27
comment What should I do if I break a shoelace in the wilderness?
Do they make mini rolls? If not, a full roll of duct tape is WAY too heavy for hiking.
Jul
28
comment Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
fwiw - I carry a small emergency weather radio when backpacking. One that uses a crank for electricity instead of batteries so it's pretty light. Some of the worst storms give very little notice of how bad they will be.
Jun
20
comment Where can I find an iodine crystal water purification product?
Thanks, that's a pump and there are equivalent pumps that can be bought in the US. One of the big upsides of Polar Pure was the extreme ease of use. Nothing really to clean, maintain, etc.
Jun
6
comment Formula for rough amount of water to carry on hike?
+1 great general rule. One thing I would add is to know the humidity of where you are. I live in the VA/NC region and when I took a trip backpacking in New Mexico I had to consume an extra liter a day at the least.