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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
16
comment Thunderstorms in the Canadian Rockies in September?
I don't mind a bit of snow (as long as it's not more than a dm or so), but I'm scared of thunderstorms, in particular in exposed places such as the Skyline Trail.
Jun
16
comment Do I need to hang a bear cache?
@furtive They're mandatory in some places (such as the Adirondack Mountains)...
Jun
16
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
So you're saying the Seed House in wind is good as it doesn't blow away, but bad as the wind is blowing through?
Jun
16
revised Does “Cow Tipping” hurt the cow?
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Jun
15
accepted If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
Jun
14
answered If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
Jun
14
comment Is there a Canadian equivalent to Forestry Rangers
Is that something specifically for public land? From my limited time in Canada I've learned about crown land and Public land usage zones (PLUZ).
Jun
14
comment If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
I have phoned them while making reservations for campgrounds just north and just south of this segment, the system is that they phone me back in 48 hours, so we'll see if they say "your itinerary is impossible/not permitted", or if they say it's possible but I need to be extra careful and use wilderness/bushwacking skills on the decommisioned segment.
Jun
13
asked If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
Jun
11
comment Allemansrätten: What restrictions?
Conclusion: you need to go very, very far before you will be told off. Nobody will complain if you stay a week or even two weeks in the same place in the mountains. If your tent is still there by next spring, they're probably going to have a look if there's any dead body inside.
Jun
11
comment Allemansrätten: What restrictions?
I can't find the link now, but I remember a single instance where people were told "this is beyond allemansrätten". A group of Norwegians tourist fishing people had flown almost 1000 kg of equipment into the Swedish mountains, built semi-solid constructions including electricity generators, satellite dish, TV, refrigirators, etc., and simply made camp somewhere in the wild. The police (probably informed by a reindeer herder) told them "you must leave immediately". I don't know if they managed (their flight home wasn't ordered until a week later).
Jun
11
comment Allemansrätten: What restrictions?
"more than one night" is a bit exaggerated. In the mountains it is fine to camp two nights at the same spot if you plan to climb a mountain or so, but beyond a week you need to inform authorities.
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?