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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.


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?
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
The bears know the rules?! ;-)
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
@Roflo My question was not if I should use it or not, but if it needs to be in there permanently. I thought, perhaps they are foldable and bears will shy away from walking humans but that they're only needed during the night. I've never met a wild animal larger than an insect that doesn't run away at full speed at the first notice of a human.
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
@DavidR Well, as an example, authorities in the Alps recommend not drinking from streams and buying bottled water at the mountain huts instead, but this recommendation is frankly ridiculous. That's why I have a healthy skepticism toward recommendations from authorities, and the question should I take this rule seriously can be justified; hence my wonder. Indeed I've never been to the USA, I read that bears are a real issue there (in Scandinavia there are bears but they're scared of people) so that I will take seriously.
Apr
21
accepted Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
Ah, I already have all my food in two layers of ziplock bags by default.
Apr
21
comment Can I get away with less advanced food storing methods if backpacking in areas where meeting bears is unlikely?
I'm more worried about the bulky volume than amout the weight, they seem very big...
Apr
21
accepted PLB or satphone rental in the USA?
Apr
21
comment PLB or satphone rental in the USA?
Surely there are commercial places that rent them out? I've always rented in Sweden...
Apr
21
comment What do I need to be aware of if I'm considering purchasing a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)?
See also Are PLBs banned or otherwise useless anywhere?.
Apr
21
asked PLB or satphone rental in the USA?
Apr
21
comment Should food be in a bear bag/canister even when I'm hiking?
If they identify either a canister or a hiker with food, won't the effect be at best neutral?
Apr
21
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Apr
21
revised How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
added SI units
Apr
21
revised How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
added SI units