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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.


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comment How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?
@Mapperz I have rephrased the question entirely. There can be polar bears in the Mealy Mountains, as there can be on Newfoundland and Iceland. The question is how frequent they are.
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comment How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?
@Mapperz I question the accuracy of those maps. I very much doubt polar bears reach Summit, Greenland at 350-500 km from the coast. I'm also pretty sure that summer visitors to Gros Morne National Park don't carry rifles, even if polar bears could go there occasionally. Nor do hikers on Iceland. I'm sure there should be some seasonality involved and it's not a black/white issue.
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comment How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?
@Mapperz That relates to an area quite a bit further north. I know that the Torngat Mountains are unsafe, but summer in Newfoundland should be fine. The Mealy Mountains are in-between.
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?