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bio website sonomatech.com
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I'm a physicist modeling air pollution and global warming.
Of course, I spend most of my time programming.


Dec
20
accepted Should I be more careful about postholing during winter hikes?
Dec
19
comment If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
I feel this is such an important question, with such a wide range of answers, it should perhaps be a wiki.
Dec
19
answered Cheese and eggs on backpacking trips
Dec
19
comment What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
I really like HorusKol's answer. But after a long climb you will probably always notice that your fingers and forearms ache. This is normal. The trick is to be aware enough to know when you're damaging your body. Good luck!
Dec
19
asked Should I be more careful about postholing during winter hikes?
Dec
19
comment Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
This was a wonderful answer. I also want to add that I have had a lot of success just asking a park ranger (say, at Yosemite) if they wanted me to bring some light tools to help clear the trail as I went along.
Dec
8
comment What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?
I've been climbing for a few years now and there is nothing as helpful as those finger boards. I hate them, but they are really the best way to train.
Dec
8
comment What can I do to prevent altitude sickness?
Altitude Sickness can be combated in two major ways: (1) acclimatize: take a day or two to get up to your maximum height, and (2) cardio exercise: people who run or bike a lot don't suffer as badly at high altitudes. Good luck!
Dec
5
comment What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
I can not say about tents, but suffocation is a major concern when building an ice cave for winter camping. (The typical solution is to build an air vent with an ice axe.)
Dec
5
answered Barefoot Backpacking: Liquid Boots?
Nov
19
comment Outdoor activities in San Francisco when it's misty and raining?
I live North of the city and I really love the redwoods on foggy mornings. Try getting out to Muir Woods, maybe. OR, if you're feeling really adventurous, drive the hour North and go hit Point Reyes National Seashore. It's beautiful there all the time, and I'm particularly smitten on a foggy morning.
Nov
19
revised What exercises should you do before a ski trip to build leg stamina?
minor tweak to my answer
Nov
19
answered What exercises should you do before a ski trip to build leg stamina?
Nov
9
comment How do people safely trek in polar bear country?
I thought I was adventurous, backpacking in snow and in deserts. But there is no way I'm going backpacking in polar bear country. The answer to your question is "no", it is not safe. I really hope this was a theoretical question.
Nov
8
accepted Trekking Pole Length
Nov
7
awarded  Commentator
Nov
7
comment Trekking Pole Length
So... in your experience, this isn't something to worry a lot about?
Nov
7
asked Trekking Pole Length
Oct
17
revised What are the different methods to purify water?
Small improvement to my answer.
Oct
17
awarded  Citizen Patrol