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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
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?
May
25
asked How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
May
25
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
Hmm, I'm used to make much longer days, I rarely if ever stop before 18:00 and usually continue until 20:00-ish, but then again I could do that /because/ I could camp anywhere (and because there was midnight Sun — once I made a 15 hour / 45 km day where I did start to feel my feet in the end, and once I continued hiking until 01:30). I usually don't really know what to do with my time once I have my camp set up and finished eating etc.
May
25
comment What Canadian national/provincial/territorial parks permit random backcountry camping, if any?
Great information! Unfortunately Quetico is a little bit further from southern Ontario than Algonquin or Killarney, but that of course is why it's less popular (even if it's not incredibly far from Winnipeg).
May
24
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
@bashophil It appears so, although details may depend on residency. For example, in northern Ontario crown lands, non-residents need a permit.
May
24
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May
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asked What Canadian national/provincial/territorial parks permit random backcountry camping, if any?
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May
24
asked How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
May
19
comment Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?
Great answer! Is Europe the entire continent, or the European Union? I'd think 2% can be reached easily if European Russia is included.