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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.


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...
Jan
28
comment Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas
Don't animals make a lot of trails, too? In my area there are many reindeer trails that are often bigger than the human trails, except on the most popular human trails.
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...