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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 Rifugio (Mountain Hut) trek in Austria
@Eyal I've rarely been to Austria, but I've been a lot to the Alps further west. I can't really recommend a particular area, but I think many places are beautiful. Just avoid the ski resorts.
Apr
7
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
It ended up being useful to me, but I deliberately asked about wildlife because I thought a question What should I think of while hiking in the desert? would be too broad.
Apr
5
asked What's the problem with electrolyte imbalance and how do I mitigate it?
Apr
5
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
@MaskedPlant Yet I've never had a problem with it in all my tundra hiking.
Apr
3
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
Don't just grab a rock on the ground and turn it over — oops, that's exactly what I do when I need to take a poo... And thanks for the warning about the electrolytes. I should consider that. One question though; what was the temperature at this incident? Because I don't expect that it will be very hot for my case.
Apr
1
asked Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
Apr
1
comment As an experienced backpacker in the Eastern US, what should I know before hiking in the Western US?
One point to add to the altitude: Sunshine. Having hiked mostly through cloudy weather close to sea level at 68–70°N, I've never spent a thought on the Sun as a danger, but at 3500 m at 37°N, I'm quite sure it is.
Mar
25
comment wilderness maps
@MichaelKjörling It works for me.
Mar
21
accepted May hiking in Eastern California
Mar
20
comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
That surely differs per country. My grandmother was once fined for taking a stone from a forest in The Netherlands. What country are you thinking of?
Mar
19
comment What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?
Seems Atlas and Gazeteer have scales varying from 1:100,000 in Maryland to 1:1,400,000 in interior Alaska. Rather a planning or desk map than for backpacking indeed. Or perhaps for cycling across the country.
Mar
19
comment Covering up ears at higher altitudes
As for the last question, yes. If you don't cover your ears in a storm at -20°C, they'll fall off.
Mar
19
comment What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?
Welcome to The Great Outdoors! Do DeLorme sell paper maps? I'm usually hiking for long distances, at least several days in a row, so orienteering maps are often too focussed on a small area, and digital maps are out because I don't want to rely on batteries.
Mar
12
comment How are backpacking conditions at Yosemite in April?
Wilderness permits are required and may be difficult to get. — interesting, I thought they would be easy to get off-season, because less people would be interested in the first place...
Mar
12
comment How are backpacking conditions at Yosemite in April?
What about May?
Mar
12
comment Rapid backpack readying
During summer I'm out almost every weekend. Simply by the routine of going often it takes me perhaps 30 minutes to pack my stuff.
Mar
12
comment May hiking in Eastern California
@theJollySin I'm aiming to depart either in the morning of 9 May, alternatively evening of 8 May, and I have a train from Reno 13 May 4pm. I'm considering the White Mountains but being new to the area, I prefer to have trails. I realise the High Sierras will be full of snow, but what about the lower-lying areas in Sierra National Forest? San Joaquin river? Kaiser or Dinkey Lakes wilderness areas?
Mar
12
asked What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?
Mar
12
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12
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