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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.


Aug
27
comment Measuring actual distance walked on a map (Allowing for changes in height)
My personal experience is that a handheld GPS device estimate on vertical elevation travelled is not accurate. Even when travelling on perfectly flat it will claim significant incline due to measurement uncertainty and pressure variations, and there's no way to distinguish that from actual elevation changes.
Aug
25
reviewed Reviewed Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?
Aug
25
reviewed Reviewed Should I bring my dog with us to a Cabin
Aug
25
comment Should I bring my dog with us to a Cabin
Hi Rayne, and welcome to The Great Outdoors. It would be great if you could edit your question to make it more general, so it focusses more clearly on aspects that might help future visitors!
Aug
22
comment What are some emergency water purification methods?
I would just drink water.
Aug
20
comment How to get weather forecasts at Yellowstone?
Also, do you expect to be in areas with mobile phone coverage?
Aug
20
comment How to get weather forecasts at Yellowstone?
Frontcountry camping or backcountry camping? If frontcountry, often the campground office has weather forecasts.
Aug
20
comment What happens if I inadvertently set off a personal locator beacon?
@Liam Someone is paying for the helicopter...
Aug
19
comment What happens if I inadvertently set off a personal locator beacon?
Wait for the rescue people, apologise, and pay the bill.
Aug
15
comment If injured and lost, what are your biggest priorities for survival?
This page on the topic is hilarious, mainly due to the poor translation from Norwegian: katterat.com/Courses.html. But the main conclusion I fully support: DON'T PANIC.
Aug
15
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
14
revised How to use all the fuel in a bottle with a MSR Whisperlite Internationale?
+SI units
Aug
13
revised Island camping tent advice
SI units
Aug
8
revised Is burying human waste always the lowest-impact solution?
Point out I'm backpacking, don't want to carry a lot of mass.
Aug
8
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
7
revised Which notable/challenging mountains can be ascended with few technical skills?
Qualify that it is the California Sierra Nevada that is meant, not the Andalucian Sierra Nevada
Aug
7
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
7
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
6
comment Is burying human waste always the lowest-impact solution?
Many animals leave their feces unexposed though.
Aug
6
comment How do you flavour your water on camping trips?
Bring some tea bags.