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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.


Mar
2
asked Bear spray vs. rifles against polar bears?
Feb
25
answered How far is a reasonable distance for someone to hike on their first trip?
Feb
25
comment How far is a reasonable distance for someone to hike on their first trip?
Are you planning day hikes or multi-day hikes? For multi-day hikes, are you planning to stay in cabins or in a tent? Do these cabins have food or do you need to carry your own? Do they have cooking facilities or do you need your own?
Feb
25
revised Booking Alpine huts
added note of warning
Feb
25
comment Booking Alpine huts
Really? Then things have changed a lot since the 1990s. That is of course possible.
Feb
22
comment How to find a secluded cabin to rent
But please do not cross-post! I was just suggesting, you might want to ask on both metas to find where it fits better, then possibly migrate!
Feb
16
answered Booking Alpine huts
Feb
11
comment Trekking in the himalayan region
I propose to migrate to The Great Outdoors.
Feb
7
comment May hiking in Eastern California
@theJollySin I aim for a hike one week at a stretch, but I'm open for other options as well.
Feb
7
comment Is backcountry hiking in northwestern Russia safe?
Where is it not? The biggest risk I take presently is crossing rivers and it may still be the biggest risk. I'm sure some areas are safer than others, but being unfamiliar with Russia and having heard different things from different people, I'm curious about some evidence-based answers.
Feb
6
comment May hiking in Eastern California
I just noticed that the Wikipedia article on Pacific Crest Trail actually states it can be hiked Late April to Late September. Some snow can be crossed, of course.
Feb
5
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
@RussellSteen Is there any alternative that is significantly better?
Feb
5
comment May hiking in Eastern California
@Ryley What about mountain ranges east of Owens Valley? White Mountains or Inyo Mountains, might that work? Otherwise I could head to Death Valley but with an avarage May maximum temperature of 38°C/100°F that's a bit too hot for me. I'd think there should be omething in-between, perhaps the Panamint Range? Or as OlinLathrop mentioned, Wheeler Peak in the Sweetwater Mountains? With a valley bottom at 3,556 ft (1,084 m) I'd expect somewhere to be sufficiently snow-free?
Feb
5
comment May hiking in Eastern California
@OlinLathrop White mountains are certainly a place I'll look into more. I've never been to a desert and certainly not for backpacking (over here I hike mostly through mountain swamps crossing streams every 10 minutes and fording 1–2 small rivers per day, so I've never had to think about drinking water; I may ask some related questions later).
Feb
4
revised May hiking in Eastern California
Updated with Owens Valley photograph and suggestion for White Mountains or Inyo Mountains
Feb
3
revised May hiking in Eastern California
added nice map I found (deleted equiv. answer)
Feb
3
comment May hiking in Eastern California
@DudeOnRock Right, thanks for the reminder. Apart from Yosemite I don't really know what areas are popular and what areas aren't. If someone knows a beautiful but unknown hidden gem that is much less popular than it deserves to be, I'm certainly 'game' :)
Feb
3
comment wilderness maps
See also this page from the national forest system
Feb
3
asked May hiking in Eastern California
Feb
1
comment Minimizing ecological impact of winter-sports in the backcountry
That should depend a lot on the elevation. Ski on a glacier that has snowcover 10–11 months per year and it should be fine...