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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.


Jun
24
comment Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT
@DonBranson edited to clarify
Jun
24
revised Where can I find current information on shelters in the Swedish mountains?
explain DNT, NOT
Jun
24
revised Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT
explained DNT
Jun
24
asked Overview of free and open huts in Norway outside the system of the official tourist association DNT
Jun
24
asked Where can I find current information on shelters in the Swedish mountains?
Jun
18
comment How do I find a less crowded trail in the southeast on the 4th?
Since you write on the 4th, does that mean specifically for single day trips?
Jun
18
answered How do I find a less crowded trail in the southeast on the 4th?
Jun
7
awarded  Yearling
May
2
revised 5-hour loop hike near Boulder, Colorado
added 540 characters in body; edited title
May
2
asked 5-hour loop hike near Boulder, Colorado
Apr
28
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@MichaelKjörling You haven't quantified good. You wrote, I am looking primarily for something that will work well for walking and bicycling; a 20 metre accuracy does work well for walking and bicycling. You won't get lost if you're 20 metres off. You won't even notice before you get home and plot the track into Google Earth or similar software. That being said, I rarely experience less than 10 metre accuracy unless I'm in a canyon or so.
Apr
27
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@ppl I guess I was confused with the battery type. I admit that I don't know too much about screens.
Apr
27
comment How to select a good GPS receiver?
@ppl Well, all other things being equal those features do drain the battery. A disadvantage of Lithium batteries I find is that they're harder to charge or replace in the wild (I usually take non-rechargeable batteries so I can replace them; with lithium batteries I would need to charge them, which can be difficult in the wild)
Apr
27
answered How to select a good GPS receiver?
Apr
21
comment What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?
The western US is a dry environment — I know that's true for Nevada, most of California, etc., but I don't think it's true for e.g. Olympic National Park, is it?
Apr
21
comment PLB or satphone rental in the USA?
I'll be in the US for a month but only hiking for 5 days, so then I'll need to rent it much longer than I need to. I might just stick with telling a source where I go and when I should be back, though.
Apr
21
revised Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
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Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
I find it interesting that the wolf (and the grizzly bear?) has been extirpated from most of the contiguous US, black bears seem to be thriving. In Europe, both have been virtually extirpated by humans.
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
@BenCrowell Thanks for the clarification! I will accept that American bears are different from European bears (I guess the bear density in the US is higher than in Norway, too).
Apr
21
asked What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?