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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
9
accepted What should I do when caught in lightning while in my tent?
Jun
9
comment What should I do when caught in lightning while in my tent?
@KateGregory, well, in some parts of the world the nearest tree might be hundreds of kilometres away...
Jun
8
comment What are the proper precautions/protocols for storing food while car camping in an area with bears?
You may want to consider hanging it is in direct contradiction to these answers. Do you simply disagree, or are the circumstances different?
Jun
8
asked What should I do when caught in lightning while in my tent?
Jun
8
comment If I'm caught in lightning above tree-line, what should I do?
In the Swiss Alps, I once saw a group of sheep who, in the middle of a thunderstorm, all huddled together in the middle of a large, flat field of snow. It seems evolution needs some more generations to teach sheep the BSA advice.
Jun
7
awarded  Yearling
Jun
5
accepted Do I need to hang a bear cache?
Jun
5
asked Thunderstorms in the Canadian Rockies in September?
Jun
4
comment Tent placement?
@IlmariKaronen Ah, true, but it's nice in October when everything is frozen ;-)
Jun
4
comment Tent placement?
Still you'd see only a small part of the sky... for the best experience I'd get out completely in any case.
Jun
4
comment Tent placement?
The best place is on a thick layer of deliciously soft tundra moss!
Jun
4
comment Tent placement?
But you lose the sight of the stars. Does your tent have a transparent roof? When I'm in the tent I anyway have no view of the stars, or at best a very limited view. When I was camping in desert mountains (California White Mountains) I crawled out of my tent at 2:00 for my stargazing.
Jun
4
comment What temperatures can I expect in caves compared to surface?
It gets warmer as you go deeper down.
Jun
3
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
I see the Terra Nova 1-person ultralight tents go from £330.00 to a wopping £800.00. Although not asking for product recommendation, I wonder, which one did you get?
Jun
2
awarded  Nice Question
May
28
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
@Avestron Although product recommendations are off-topic, I can add that I'm looking for a freestanding solo "full" double-walled tent ("full" as in, doesn't rely on trekking poles or so). In combination with that is available through my local store (offers generous return policies) I came to the shortlist listed in the question.
May
28
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
@Avestron I didn't find any wind-related comments by any review. But there should be some predictors based on shape, material, mass, and other characteristics. Some models are quite new.
May
26
asked Do I need to hang a bear cache?
May
26
reviewed Close Maxpedition Condor 2 unresolved questions
May
26
reviewed Reviewed Do you footprint the inside of your tent, outside, or both?