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


Jul
25
accepted How to Tell When Minimal Running Shoes Are Worn Out?
Jul
25
revised How to Tell When Minimal Running Shoes Are Worn Out?
grammatical edits.
Jul
25
asked How to Tell When Minimal Running Shoes Are Worn Out?
Jul
11
comment Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
I have noticed that walking barefoot only toughens the bottoms of my feet. So that won't help with blisters that you get in between your towns or on the sides of your feet/ankles. (Though, sure, it will help with blisters on the bottoms of your feet.)
Jul
11
reviewed No Action Needed Is it generally allowed to walk in German forests in the night?
Jul
8
comment Rappelling in the Rain
Ah! Thanks for the first-hand experience. I live (and climb) in Northern California on the coast, and the weather is a lot like England here. It rains like 100 days per year. I hadn't considered the lightning rod effect.
Jun
18
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
@RussellSteen Definitely, I just wanted to mention the communication aspect. It's important. As far as safety, I believe DudeOnRock covered the issue of rope stretch well. With static rope (like in a gym) there is a wide range of safe slack. It's not something to worry about. Outdoors you'll frequently have more dynamic rope, and that is really the only situation where you have to actually think about slack. Climb safe, man.
Jun
18
comment How tight should the line be kept for toproping?
@RussellSteen The first couple times I belay for someone I ASK THEM how much slack they want. My lady never wants to feel the rope tug at her at all. But another friend always wants to feel a little tension, for his own mental security. Just ask. Similarly, you should expect your belayer to listen to what you want. That is their job.
Apr
12
comment What can I do with a retired rope and harness?
I love your link! Those are all great ideas! As a climber though, just keeping the old rope around (unused) can be a little dangerous. You or one of your friends might grab the wrong rope one day. It's best if the rope is clearly labeled as old, or used in an art project.
Mar
29
reviewed No Action Needed How small is “too small” for tent guylines?
Mar
27
reviewed Reviewed What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
Mar
27
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
I agree. Dates are extremely an calorie dense, natural food, that is usually super tasty while on the trail. As a side note, try to vary your diet. If all you eat is dried fruit, you will eventually get the runs.
Mar
27
comment Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
First off, there are plenty of hikes where I know ahead of time that there is little to no risk of poisonous snakes. In that case, protect your ankles. That being said, I'm sure it's safer not to jump on top of logs and trees, but I do it all the time. (I suppose, from experience, I estimate my risk being quite low there.) Now yourself and your surroundings.
Mar
27
revised Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
snacks are not snakes
Mar
24
comment Why are there ropes on fingerboards?
After I started using the rock rings instead of mounted pull-up bars or fingerboards, my core strength got a serious boost. It has made a noticeable difference in my climbing. Have fun!
Mar
24
revised Buying a Backpacking Knife
added a little info
Mar
24
reviewed Reviewed How should we split up a 3 person tent?
Mar
23
answered Why are there ropes on fingerboards?
Mar
22
revised What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
Improved explanation
Mar
19
reviewed No Action Needed What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?