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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.


Jul
4
comment Calculating time until sunset
@RoryAlsop This works well for me in the UK - I would imagine unless you're at the extremities, it works reasonably well. I've just checked the collins ultimate navigation manual where I got it from, and for this particular technique it makes no reference of it working better / worse in any particular place.
Jun
28
comment How does one steer a two-person kayak?
@JonEricson I don't have a problem with the link per-se but it'd be much better if it linked to the actual model rather than just the general product range.
Jun
13
comment Would a tampon be a good addition to a survival kit
It felt very strange writing that answer...!
Jun
13
comment The best solution for carrying a D-SLR when hiking
Ah, yes I'm afraid they're only available in standard formats - at least as far as I know.
Jun
12
comment The best solution for carrying a D-SLR when hiking
In terms of batteries, you might want to give the rechargeable Eneloops a try - they hold their charge very well, and actually hold it better the colder they are.
Jun
11
comment How should I remove a tick?
@LordSauce This may be a risk, but all the advice I've heard suggests that if you're gentle, pull evenly and don't twist then the risk is low - it starts building up when you scrape it, twist it, squeeze unnecessarily hard etc. Either way, in the absence of an available tick key, removing it carefully with tweezers is definitely preferable to many other methods, including leaving it in place.
Jun
11
comment How should I remove a tick?
@LordSauce Admittedly I hadn't heard of the tick key which is perhaps a better solution (though I haven't tried it) but I don't think it's a terrible answer. Either way, I definitely didn't say to squeeze it, just pull it off gently and evenly... I've used this approach many times without issue, and know many others that have as well. While a tick key might be a better solution if you have one, if you're gentle with tweezers you shouldn't have a problem.
Jun
5
comment Things to keep away from climbing ropes
Are we talking about climbing ropes or any type of miscellaneous rope, such as paracord for repairing tent lines?
Jun
4
comment Packing delicate equipment for a hike
@RussellSteen Backpacking - good point, edited to reflect.
Jun
4
comment Packing delicate equipment for a hike
Awesome, sounds like solid advice!
Jun
2
comment Finding water in the dry wilderness
@LBell For some reason in my head I'd written the question referencing a dry / hot climate where the "normal" signs of water like vegetation etc. wouldn't be around, but that doesn't seem to be what I actually wrote! I've edited it now to reflect this.
Jun
1
comment Places for canyoning in England / Wales
@studiohack I've never done it (hence the question) but it sounds like something I'd really enjoy; hoping that it turns out it's possible!
Jun
1
comment How to clean a sleeping bag ?
Are we talking in terms of cleaning gunk from the inside / outside, removing any smells from sweat etc. that may have built up, or just generally (combination of everything?)
Jun
1
comment Places for canyoning in England / Wales
@studiohack The Wikipedia article is relatively good for this one: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyoning
Jun
1
comment Group protocol should the group become separated
One point to add, while there's nothing wrong with splitting the group up in the right context, I often find in practice the faster group also tend to have the best navigators (not always, but worth paying attention to.) If the group is split up, then make sure there's at least a couple of good navigators left with the slower group to make sure all is well.
Jun
1
comment Group protocol should the group become separated
@Vorac It depends on how familiar the group is with the area. I'd personally err on the side of caution if at all unsure and say meet at the previous checkpoint, but if those that are lost are skilled navigators you may have decided in advance it's safe to just proceed separately to the next checkpoint. As long as everyone ends up there it doesn't really matter on specific routes, since the point is to meet up there rather than along the way (of course, if you do meet up along the way treat it as a bonus, but not something to rely on.)
Jun
1
comment A list of suitable foods for a long hike
Yes, that was my exact thought - if I was hiking in a really hot climate, I wouldn't really take things like cheese for instance - in a colder one I'd be more likely to take such things.
Jun
1
comment A list of suitable foods for a long hike
What sort of environment will you be hiking in? This could well impact on the type of food you need.
Jun
1
comment What practical issues do I need to be aware of when hiking or camping on my own?
Youch on the days without water bit...
May
30
comment Pros and Cons of paracord
@Ryley That I wouldn't know - I've never done a side by side comparison!