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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
17
revised Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Expanded a lot
Jun
17
answered Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wizard Note that they're not just on trails; they're everywhere. You can literally walk from one end of Switzerland to the other just by following these signs. It's a nationally consistent network of hiking signage, just like they have nationally consistent networks of signage for cyclists, and for motorists.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
I love how Switzerland has a nationally consistent set of signs. For a little while Zermatt was the sole town that placed wooden signs instead, but they have reversed on the decision, so now there is national uniformity again. Some people think they're ugly. Personally, I love them.
Jun
17
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
As long as it keeps me dry... for the heat I have a sleeping bag.
Jun
16
comment If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
@furtive No such thing as PMs on Stack Exchange...
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?
units
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...