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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.


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.
May
23
comment Is it illegal to remove rocks from a riverbed in the UK
In the US it is illegal. If the riverbed is in a protected park then the rocks are protected like plants. If the riverbed is on private property it is legal with the property owners permission.
May
18
comment What is the best way to store my sleeping bag for long periods of time?
+1 for scout training, that is exactly what I learned in Philmont.
May
18
comment What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
Did you use a ground cloth underneath you besides your sleeping pads? I prefer to pitch tarps instead of tents, but I have never tried it like your link to joeldare, that is without a ground cloth. I mostly hike VA and NC Appalachians though, maybe out west you can get by without.
May
7
comment How do I extend the life of waterproof leather boots?
I had a sole partially detach around the heel of an old pair of gore-tex boots. ShoeGoo would give me another 50 miles before detaching again. That is backpacking in the Appalachians, I'm sure weather has a lot to do with it.
May
3
comment Should I be careful to use only dry rocks while building a campfire?
similar question - outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/801/…
Apr
5
comment How can I tell when pemmican has spoiled?
from my experience, after 3-4 days of eating pemmican, it all looks wrong, and tastes wrong, but that has nothing to do with it spoiling. Good luck!
Mar
13
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
One thing to note, but it's not a full answer. The cushioning inside a boot usually breaks down before the outside of the boot comes apart. In those cases you can continue to use the broken in shell of a boot, but replace the internal cushioning and get more use out of them.
Mar
13
comment What sleeping bags are needed for a northbound thru-hike of the AT
@pulsehead - that's a great idea but I just don't have the time. Part of getting ready is a financial thing, and part is a physical thing, which leaves very little time on my end to blog. There is a tremendous amount of information online though, so most aspects of preparing have been covered many times.
Mar
7
comment Which brands make wider hiking boot sizes?
that is why I didn't make it an actual answer. I got my last pair of Merrell boots from Zappos because of the free return policy. I have long and narrow feet and struggle to find boots that fit well, so I tend to go through a few before I settle on one and at size 14 I rarely find stores that carry enough supply at my size.
Mar
7
comment Which brands make wider hiking boot sizes?
I don't know which brands are good at that width, but zappos lets you search their database based on width. The following link is supposed to be for 2E and up: zappos.com/mens-shoes~oS
Feb
26
comment How do I treat hot spots and blisters when I have no moleskin?
Is that available in the US? Their website does not list the US.
Feb
24
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
he did use the words, "my personal, probably body-destroying dosage". I'm 6'4" and around ~200 pounds as well. If I was in pain and needed to get out of the woods safely, I would not hesitate to use that dosage, I would just be sure to stop as soon as it was possible.
Feb
23
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
Thanks, great ideas. I had seen your earlier post and found it very helpful. It left me wondering about the question I asked and that is why I tried to differentiate my specific question from yours.
Feb
22
comment What are the tradeoffs for a Tomahawk over an Axe
It's not an official answer, but there seems to be some good information on the subject at this blog: woodtrekker.blogspot.com/2011/05/…
Feb
21
comment What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
@RussellSteen - great idea, I've added my thoughts to the meta question.
Feb
21
comment What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
indoor climbing...on The Great Outdoors SE?
Feb
21
comment How to calculate backpacking food requirements for a dog
thanks, great information. I buy her food at the store, although I have been reading about making my own. I don't see any change to her appetite before or after short hikes, but she's pretty energetic all day no matter what. That will change though as she ages, and I'll keep an eye on her post-hike food intake as she gets older. Great point about the water, I figured I would make another question about that later.
Feb
15
comment Are there any specific techniques that should be used when starting a fire in the rain?
your question is pretty open ended. Are you asking how you start a fire from firewood gathered in the forest during the rain? wood gathered before rain but needing to light it during rain? a stove fire that you need to get lit in the rain and keep it running? all of these would require different tactics.