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bio website berry120.blogspot.com
location United Kingdom
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visits member for 2 years, 7 months
seen Aug 20 at 13:02

I'm an avid programmer, enjoy creating things, enjoy a good puzzle and especially enjoy foxing people with a Java puzzle now and again!

Outside of my coding life, I have a number of other interests, including outdoors activities such as hiking / geocaching / letterboxing. I'm also fond of music - I enjoy listening to it as well as playing the piano and violin.


Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
@OlinLathrop I have tried something similar to a pyramid fire once, somewhat by accident (though admittedly only once) whilst trying to construct a roaring fire - and it burnt pretty slowly and steadily, contrary to what I expected. It wasn't windy and was rather cold at the time, so admittedly this may not be an accurate representation. However, when looking around online I found the above page which seemed to suggest the same thing, so assumed that was therefore a reliable way of achieving it. I may well of course be wrong, you no doubt have more experience at these things than I.
Jan
28
comment What good factual books have you read on an outdoors topic?
I'm not sure this is a great fit for the site since it essentially asks for a list - I know you point this out, but I think this would still be better served in a tag wiki or FAQ rather than a question.
Jan
8
comment Is it safe to drink out of rusty thermos?
The problem isn't the rust per-se, it's any other thing mixed in with the iron that may be released as it oxidises that's the problem. Whether there's likely to be anything else I couldn't say, but I still stand by my original answer in that it's not a risk worth taking when it can be cleaned with a bit of effort.
Jan
8
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
You can always ditch gear - but don't ditch anything or cut corners where it's essential stuff! :-)
Dec
14
comment Moose: How to decrease the risk of being injured?
+1 - Good answer, and the story topped it off!
Dec
11
comment Should I always take a hard hat if I go scrambling?
@OlinLathrop You make a good point, though I think your analysis is rather strong (I think it's fair to assume that by "harm" I was excluding the more obvious practical considerations such as wearing it and carrying it - I wouldn't feel compelled to discuss the downsides of carrying a map or compass in the wilderness if someone asked for instance!)
Nov
26
comment Are roads in Iceland closed to hikers outside the winter?
@EBV2010 Whether it's strictly speaking legal, and whether it's a sensible thing to do are two different questions. If you're in doubt then regardless of the legality, I wouldn't do it!
Nov
22
comment Are roads in Iceland closed to hikers outside the winter?
@gerrit I'd turn that comment into an answer personally - seems like a perfectly sensible one!
Nov
5
comment What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?
Thanks for these points and the recommendation, appreciated! The only point where I'd differ is on the headlamp aspect, I've found them great when I'm on my own but when walking in groups everyone has a tendency to blind each other when they turn around!
Nov
2
comment How can I build a safe, effective igloo?
Ah, good point - I see what you're getting at now, thanks for that.
Nov
2
comment How can I build a safe, effective igloo?
Could you possibly cite somewhere to show it's safer? My understanding was that this type of structure was in fact more prone to collapsing than an igloo (though I could be wrong.)
Nov
1
comment How do I recognise quicksand and how do I get out if stuck?
I agree the risk is pretty low for experienced hikers, but one thing to bear in mind is if you're travelling with inexperienced folk alongside you, who will often try to "run through it" which can land them in deep water (sometimes pretty literally.) In this regard, I find that knowing how to calm someone else down and what to tell them is just as important as knowing what to do yourself.
Nov
1
comment How do I recognise quicksand and how do I get out if stuck?
Related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/107/…
Nov
1
comment What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?
@RussellSteen I've updated the brightness front to give a more objective point there. In terms of rechargeables, up until recently I would have agreed with you. However, I've used Eneloops for some time now and they hold their charge phenomenally well, to the point where I've charged and left them for over a year and they've performed just fine without a recharge.
Oct
31
comment How to be safe on lake and river ice and what should I do when I fall through?
@gerrit Great photos there! And a reminder of the very real dangers ice can bring...
Oct
31
comment How to be safe on lake and river ice and what should I do when I fall through?
+1, great comprehensive answer!
Oct
31
comment How to be safe on lake and river ice and what should I do when I fall through?
Related (but not a duplicate): outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/657/…
Sep
30
comment What's the best climbing website?
This question asks for more of a list rather than a definitive answer, which isn't usually the sort of questions we're after - no denying that it has the potential to be useful, but perhaps better to rephrase the question to something a bit more specific?
Sep
21
comment Which wood sources produce toxic smoke?
@RussellSteen Very good point - updated!
Sep
20
comment Campsites in Virginia which allow alcohol?
I agree this isn't too localized at all! It's a question that could feasibly be useful to others, so is perfectly on topic as far as I'm concerned.