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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.


Apr
15
comment How to deal with aggressive homeless when exploring urbex?
To discuss whether or not this is on-topic, see this meta question.
Apr
15
comment Urbex question: How to protect myself from asbestos?
To discuss whether or not this is on-topic, see this meta question.
Apr
15
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
@Amine I'm sure there is such a decrease, and I'd also expect the backcountry to be more crowded in summer than in winter. The information centre is closed only 1 November to 4 December, but that's a bad time for backcountry hiking. One person (who had a bad experience in Banff during the peak season, due to the crowds) told me that it should get less crowded after Labor Day (as schools are starting), which makes sense, but maybe more so for the frontcountry (more families?) than the backcountry...
Apr
14
comment How to deal with aggressive homeless when exploring urbex?
I'm not sure if this is a proper question for The Great Outdoors...
Apr
14
comment Can I camp in the backcountry outside backcountry campsites in Jasper National Park?
@Mapperz That link documents only provincial parks, doesn't it?
Apr
11
comment Camping in (US) national forests
See also this post.
Apr
11
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
@BenCrowell I asked a related question.
Apr
11
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
@BenCrowell If I understand correctly, that's not permitted. In Jasper National Park, backcountry camping is only permitted on designated backcountry campsites, as I understand it...
Apr
11
comment Rappelling with an injured arm
Try rappelling with a freshly severed arm.
Apr
7
comment Booking Alpine huts
@bashophil I think it depends on the hut as well.
Feb
26
comment What precautions are needed for caving
I've never caved, but a rope seems wise to take along.
Feb
5
comment Roping together on an icy path?
Elevation doesn't say a lot about the conditions without further climate information. I've been at 1800 metre both in places where this is in the land of rocks and ice, and in places where this is evergreen forest that almost never sees snow.
Jan
23
comment Are there 1-person 4-season tents?
Isn't warming up a matter of a good sleeping bag?
Jan
23
comment How do you keep the inside of your backpack organized?
I did? Immediately after I'm writing but for optimal packing efficiency, it is much better to pack everything separately as much as possible. I shall elaborate a bit more.
Jan
22
comment Strengthening exercises for a backpacking trip?
Hiking improves hiking.
Jan
21
comment What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?
Oh, I never thought of PMR to contact emergency services. I usually take a personal locator beacon for that, or possibly a satellite phone.
Jan
17
comment Taking and using bearings
Why Ordnance Survey? Any topographic map should do?
Dec
5
comment Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?
@whatsisname Mosquitoes? A tarp would be out of the question in northern Fennoscandinavia.
Dec
4
comment Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?
9 out of 10 times I camp there's nothing to attach a tarp to.
Oct
25
comment Should I expect reptiles in Southwest USA deserts in winter?
@Sdry But the Sun can be powerful still.