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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
21
comment How can I avoid an encounter with a large feline?
Is it different from safety from polar bears in the Arctic?
Oct
15
comment How to carry a bicycle in a canoe?
Not a canoe, but: (1), (2), (3). I've been considering the opposite; going on a grand cycling tour while bringing a packraft to cross rivers, lakes, and fjords (and therefore allow cycling on roads with a lot less cars around).
Oct
8
comment Do mountains regularly (for a mountain) change height?
This question might fit better at Earth Science Stack Exchange.
Sep
18
comment Lodging while hiking the European E-paths
Unless it changed dramatically recently, huts are often really cheap. I paid less than 10 €/night in Bavaria in June 2009.
Aug
27
comment Measuring actual distance walked on a map (Allowing for changes in height)
My personal experience is that a handheld GPS device estimate on vertical elevation travelled is not accurate. Even when travelling on perfectly flat it will claim significant incline due to measurement uncertainty and pressure variations, and there's no way to distinguish that from actual elevation changes.
Aug
25
comment Should I bring my dog with us to a Cabin
Hi Rayne, and welcome to The Great Outdoors. It would be great if you could edit your question to make it more general, so it focusses more clearly on aspects that might help future visitors!
Aug
22
comment What are some emergency water purification methods?
I would just drink water.
Aug
20
comment How to get weather forecasts at Yellowstone?
Also, do you expect to be in areas with mobile phone coverage?
Aug
20
comment How to get weather forecasts at Yellowstone?
Frontcountry camping or backcountry camping? If frontcountry, often the campground office has weather forecasts.
Aug
20
comment What happens if I inadvertently set off a personal locator beacon?
@Liam Someone is paying for the helicopter...
Aug
19
comment What happens if I inadvertently set off a personal locator beacon?
Wait for the rescue people, apologise, and pay the bill.
Aug
15
comment If injured and lost, what are your biggest priorities for survival?
This page on the topic is hilarious, mainly due to the poor translation from Norwegian: katterat.com/Courses.html. But the main conclusion I fully support: DON'T PANIC.
Aug
6
comment Is burying human waste always the lowest-impact solution?
Many animals leave their feces unexposed though.
Aug
6
comment How do you flavour your water on camping trips?
Bring some tea bags.
Aug
6
comment Is burying human waste always the lowest-impact solution?
My thought was whether the impact of damaging vegetation by burying may or may not be worse than the impact of leaving poo unburied at the surface.
Jul
30
comment What permits and reservations do I need for the Adirondacks?
I have six metric 1:25,000 topos and the National Geographic overview map for the High Peaks :). Thanks for the additional links. I'm leaving tomorrow from Corey's Road. Hopefully it won't be too crowded.
Jul
29
comment How can I test out my equipment before a backpacking trip?
With a map case, a waterproof map is not necessary.
Jul
28
comment What hazardous wildlife is there in the UK?
Don't forget the threat of humans.
Jul
23
comment Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed
The folks at Sustainable Living might have ideas as well.
Jul
21
comment Wasp repellent for an object/area?
The high wind doesn't blow the wasps away?