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bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
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Walker, canoeist, sailer, glider pilot, rock climber and father of 3.

Middle son of a polar explorer, and grew up in the wilds of Orkney and the Falklands - so take after my father in outdoors pursuits.

Happy in the middle of mountains or forests in a tent :-)


Aug
8
comment Do I need to worry about feral dogs or even wolves if I camp in random areas while hitchhiking in Georgia (the country)?
@hippietrail - how did you get on?
Aug
8
revised Do I need to worry about feral dogs or even wolves if I camp in random areas while hitchhiking in Georgia (the country)?
edited for a wee bump
Aug
4
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Surviving a forest fire by starting another fire
Aug
3
comment When do I need a permit to go into nature?
In Scotland, the law of Trespass doesn't exactly exist, so aside from a few specifics, you can hike and camp overnight in most of the countryside.
Jul
27
answered Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
Jul
27
answered How do I identify dangerous, marshy land?
Jul
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to avoid the layer of ice inside a water bottle during winter activities?
Jul
19
comment Need Help Choosing A Surf Board
Two questions you should probably read on board length and fin selection: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/1411/66 outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/498/66
Jul
16
answered What to look out for when buying used backpacks
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Climbing rope is rated to X UIAA falls. What is a UIAA fall?
Jul
4
comment Calculating time until sunset
In Orkney at midsummer, the sun doesn't go down so much as around - only briefly dipping under the horizon to the north. And north of the Arctic circle it won't go down at all in the summer. I wonder if it works at the equator...
Jul
4
revised Number of people in a boat?
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Jul
4
comment Calculating time until sunset
Which latitude have you tried this? It will have different results depending on where you are, eg where I grew up (quite far north!) a hand's breadth could give you hours before the sun set.
Jul
3
answered Number of people in a boat?
Jul
3
answered What can I do I to loosen up my outboard steering?
Jul
2
answered How to make two strand cord or string?
Jul
1
comment How much vertical distance is it possible to make in a day?
Woah!!! That is mental!
Jun
30
comment How much vertical distance is it possible to make in a day?
I don't know - but in my opinion this may be difficult to answer as it could be very different for different people. I have seen video footage of people who took less than 15 minutes on a climb which took me over an hour, and I'm not a beginner.
Jun
29
comment How harmful is the rising/setting sun?
And just to add - the main reason for this is the amount of atmosphere the sun's rays travel through before they get to you. When the sun is directly overhead you have around 60 miles of atmosphere above you (based on the usual estimate of thickness of atmosphere) but as the sun sets you can have hundreds of miles of atmosphere directly between you and the sun. Also, more of the rays' path is at lower altitude, where air is denser, attenuating the rays even more.
Jun
28
comment Should I leave my boat lift above water or submerged?
+1 this is my experience as well. Keep it out of the water - this is even more important in salt water, but still true for fresh water.