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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.


Feb
27
comment Shoulder season backpacking near Whistler (early June)
Sure, I don't expect to be alone so close to Vancouver, I just meant that if there is one trail that is super-spectacular with 90% of the crowd, and another trail that is slightly less spectacular with 10% of the crowd, I tend to go for the latter.
Feb
10
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
Would you know if there is an easy way to find out access rights before getting there? If a certain 30 km stretch of logging road has unambiguous signs prohibiting entry to all, a detour might be 200 km, which is not optimal if I have a train to catch. I'd need to find out who owns the road.
Feb
10
comment Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?
It's not really cycling specific, is it? I would assume it is the same for any non-motorised traffic access. I actually started writing it on Travel.SE first. It fits on all three of those. Let's see if I get answers here. If not, I might flag for migration.
Feb
3
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@Wills Warm air contains a lot more water than cold air. 100% RH at -20°C is 6.4 * 10^-4 g/m³. 100% RH at +20°C is 1.5 * 10^-2 g/m³ — around 20x times more. That's why you can see your breath when it's cold outside, even if it's try — the humidity is too much for the air to contain.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
@OlinLathrop True that. I've recently spent a week in a desert for the first time (ironically with cloudy, windy, 5°C drizzle, in the Chihuahuan desert) but I don't understand how backpacking trips are possible — carrying 20 litre of water per person for a 4 day trip?!
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
100% humidity is not rare at all in winter, but 100% humidity in winter is still quite dry. Any time you're walking through fog you're walking through 100% humidity.
Jan
14
comment How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
I've done 10-hour hikes through rainy weather at 5°C where I didn't drink more than 1 litre. But during those hikes I passed by potable water probably 6 times per hour, so I never had to worry about running out of water.
Jan
12
comment From an outdoor recreation point of view, does it matter who manages a national monument?
As for preservation and native people; I know that in Canada they established National park and preserve for a protected area where aboriginal people retain grandfathered "natural" rights. But that's relatively recent, and I don't know if the USA has something equivalent (would be a different question and maybe not a great fit on Outdoors.SE).
Jan
11
comment What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?
Do you have any sources that confirm this?
Nov
28
comment How to rate a walk/hike by length, height gain, etc using analysis of GPS data?
10% is most definitely noticeable.
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...