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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.


Nov
5
reviewed Leave Closed What essentials should you bring with you on a day hike?
Nov
5
comment What is a self erecting tent and why should I want one?
Turns out I actually meant a freestanding tent!
Nov
5
asked What is a freestanding tent and why should I want one?
Nov
5
comment What is a self erecting tent and why should I want one?
@KateGregory Hmm. Maybe I'm confusing self-erecting and freestanding!
Nov
5
accepted Destination for (half-) day hike near Kraków, Poland in late autumn/early winter
Nov
3
comment What is a self erecting tent and why should I want one?
Why not for proper camping? One major advantage that the seller told me about is that it's much easier to erect a tent in rocky terrain, because there is no need for pegs to create structure.
Nov
3
answered Driving tent pegs into rocky ground
Nov
3
asked What is a self erecting tent and why should I want one?
Nov
3
asked Destination for (half-) day hike near Kraków, Poland in late autumn/early winter
Nov
2
accepted How to get started with packrafts?
Nov
2
accepted Near-realtime satellite snow-cover imagery via easy web-interface
Nov
2
comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
A friend of my parents went on a Himalaya expedition a long time ago. During the night, his friend went on a bathroom trip in the storm. His friend was never seen again.
Nov
1
comment Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?
Well, whether hiking is feasible depends on the terrain. I haven't got much experience with skiing trips, but I suspect that skiing is easier because it's more even, and snow is much brighter. Crossing a field of boulders or wading a river in a dark canyon may be less advisable at night...
Nov
1
accepted Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?
Nov
1
comment Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?
@RoryAlsop true, good idea, should work, unless it's windy perhaps. I did once put up a tent in pitch black without any artificial light, but that was not planned (person with the light missed the bus); I lost some pins that time, but it had been 9 months since the previous time and it was the first time I ever put up a tent in the snow (which continued during the night). But probably I could use less light than I'm used to doing.
Nov
1
accepted How do I recognise quicksand and how do I get out if stuck?
Nov
1
asked How do I recognise quicksand and how do I get out if stuck?
Oct
31
comment Tips for outdoor during the dark winter?
@RussellSteen I selected my headlight for being very bright, and indeed it is extremely bright, which is really nice for setting up a tent, but I rarely use it more than 30 minutes per day at full power. Maybe I should get one that is less powerful, but with longer battery-life?
Oct
31
comment How to be safe on lake and river ice and what should I do when I fall through?
Last year I was cycling on a lake with a friend. We approached a crack, didn't like the look of the ice. We stopped several meters from it. I didn't dare to co closer, but my friend foolishly decided to "try it" and went through while walking with his bicycle. He was very lucky to climb out immediately, and we were close to civilisation so I phoned an ambulance. We were unprepared but all ended well. The water was less than 2 meters deep at the point. The next day we returned and salvaged the bicycle...
Oct
31
accepted How to be safe on lake and river ice and what should I do when I fall through?