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bio website berry120.blogspot.com
location United Kingdom
age 25
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
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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.


Jan
30
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
+1, but worth pointing out that in certain (arguably obvious) cases such as urinary tract infections then it wouldn't be such a good idea!
Jan
29
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
@downvoter - Could you explain the reason?
Jan
28
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
+1, not crossing is generally by far the best option and the one I'd recommend most (as I tried to emphasise!)
Jan
28
comment What is the best rope to have in a survival situation?
+1, especially for watching out for the dodgy rip offs!
Jan
28
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
Are we talking about a river covered in solid sheet ice, or a flowing river that's just incredibly cold?
Jan
27
comment Where can I find information on letterboxing in my area?
@roryalsop Pretty much!
Jan
26
comment How can I prevent batteries from losing charge in cold weather?
Perhaps this should be rephrased to make it more on topic with the outdoors? At the moment it reads more like an electronics question.
Jan
26
comment What are some good ways to waterproof a geocache / letterbox?
Thanks, I have been using cheap tupperware like containers but perhaps I just need to bite the bullet and spend a bit more on something a lot more durable!
Jan
26
comment What are some good ways to waterproof a geocache / letterbox?
+1 because this is great for the larger caches, but sometimes the size just isn't viable in certain locations and you need something smaller :-(
Jan
26
comment What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?
+1 - Great answer!
Jan
26
comment How should I remove a tick?
@downvoter - Could you explain the reason?
Jan
25
comment How do I inspect a climbing rope?
+1 for inspecting the rope before you get there!
Jan
25
comment Where can I find information on letterboxing in my area?
@HorusKol It's usually pretty easy to tell when something's a letterbox or not - to start with most of the old style ammo cases have disappeared for that reason, and secondly there are usually quite obvious telltale signs when something has been deliberately hidden and masked with unnatural looking piles of stones. I've letterboxed round Okehampton a couple of times recently and never had any issues, as long as you're sensible I wouldn't be too worried!
Jan
25
comment What is the best way to store my tent?
@HorusKol As long as it's thoroughly cleaned and aired beforehand then I've never had any problems with mine wrapped tight - and it's often in storage that way for almost a year!
Jan
25
comment What things should I look for when buying a compass?
@MatBanik Advanced mainly - accuracy is important to me since a main use is letterboxing on Dartmoor where you need bearings at least to degree accuracy to triangulate your position properly.
Jan
25
comment What things should I look for when buying a compass?
@MatBanik Up to a point, I'm more after the characteristics that make expensive compasses better and in what situations they're worth it over their cheaper counterparts.
Jan
25
comment How do I recognize if someone is suffering from hypothermia?
Also worth pointing out that in the final stages the shivering can stop and the subject can feel too warm and start tearing off clothes - don't assume it's a good sign if shivering stops!
Jan
25
comment Where can I find information on letterboxing in my area?
@Pulsehead Dartmoor is a large national park in Devon, England - as for letterboxing, see the link I've added to the question but it's similar to geocaching if you're familiar with that (indeed, it's where geocaching first came from!)
Jan
25
comment Are drop bears dangerous?
I can't decide whether to upvote this question or give it a close vote. It's got to be one or the other...!
Jan
25
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
Now that I didn't know. You learn something new every day!