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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.


Jan
28
comment Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas
Reminds me of Sarek National Park, where the construction of trails and cairns is explicitly forbidden.
Jan
28
comment Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas
Is this a real issue? In the remote areas where I've hiked, I've never met another hiker, but seen a lot of animal tracks, that I often followed. Is a human trail that is indistinguishable from an animal trail really a problem?
Jan
28
comment Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?
@OlinLathrop What about snowmobile trails?
Jan
24
comment Walking trailers
Alternative #3: get a better backpack that annoys less.
Jan
21
asked Is a national forest always a forest?
Jan
19
answered Rifugio (Mountain Hut) trek in Austria
Jan
19
comment Rifugio (Mountain Hut) trek in Austria
Do you mean you want to walk from hut to hut, or stay in a hut and do day hikes from there?
Jan
18
comment Where in the Alps is it safe to drink the water without filtering?
@RoflcoptrException If unexperienced, one might be wise to obey those signs. From personal experience, those signs have quite suddenly and quite recently appeared at places where people've been drinking forever. Sometimes I suspect it's for the benefit of the local mountain hut selling bottled water for 3€ for half a liter...
Jan
18
asked Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?
Jan
18
comment Where in the Alps is it safe to drink the water without filtering?
Actually, those signs "not drinking water" are often there for legal reasons, and posted even if the water is perfectly safe to drink. Only when you know you are below agriculture I wouldn't drink from the streams.
Jan
18
comment Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
I'd like to amend that indeed western Europeans have difficulties grasping this, but European Russia certainly has vast wilderness areas — the Komi Republic is 415,900 km^2 (roughly the size of California) and just a handful of cities totalling less than 1 million people (but see this q.). But I'm sure most western Europeans don't realise either this exists — in fact, the geographic centre of Europe is quite close to Russia...
Jan
18
comment Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
On the agricultural land note; I suspect agricultural land in the US is also considerably less interesting than in Europe. I've never been to the US, but it's probably much larger-scale than in e.g. Poland or even Germany.
Jan
18
comment Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
Ha, I struggled to formulate my question, but you've answered exactly what I was looking for. I wonder about the word appears; in the area where I live (northern Scandinavia; I moved here partly for the nature), most of the land appears as wilderness for tourists, but is in fact profoundly affected by reindeer husbandry by the indigenous Sami people (most profound effect: almost no predators; see e.g. this page). I wonder if it would still meet the U.S. definition of wilderness. If not, there probably isn't any wilderness at all in Europe...
Jan
18
comment Interactive online map of long-distance / marked trails against best freely available topographic map background
@RussellSteen Not when official authorities post them, such as this map with corresponding GPS-track downloads
Jan
18
comment Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
@DonBranson I might have a conference in eastern California (Mammoth Lakes) in early May, that I might combine with a visit to people we cooperate with in Colorado, in that case I'd do some hiking too.
Jan
17
asked Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
Jan
17
comment How do I Plan a Hiking Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Will you hike carrying everything on your back? Or rather have a base and make day hikes? Sleeping in tents or in huts?
Jan
17
asked Interactive online map of long-distance / marked trails against best freely available topographic map background
Jan
17
comment Long distance hiking trail markings in North America or parts thereof
How common are those in practice? Is this mostly done in parks near cities where many people go for day hikes, or also on trails in remote regions in the Rocky Mountains or Alaska?
Jan
17
comment Long distance hiking trail markings in North America or parts thereof
Wow, never heard the word blaze before, and as of now not linked from the European markings either...