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I'm a physicist modeling air pollution and global warming.
I'm passionate about software and the environment.


Jun
24
comment Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running
@Ben What kinds of foot injuries? Is it just the constant friction of trail and rock on paws that aren't calloused because of city life? Something like that?
Jun
24
comment Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running
A little off topic, but would the Australian cattle dog need a lot of attention and things to do, when not on trail? More on topic, how do their feet hold up to long trails?
Jun
12
comment Should one run (or walk) back to civilization if bitten by a rattlesnake?
Awesome. That's super helpful, thank ye.
Jun
12
comment Should one run (or walk) back to civilization if bitten by a rattlesnake?
Love the answer, perhaps provide a source? I would normally bother, but this is a question where the answer makes a life-and-death difference.
May
27
comment Activities at the campsite
Here's what we do: read, build a camp fire, cook, eat, drink, chat, look over my photos from the day, stretch/rub sore muscles from the day's activity, plan tomorrow's activity.
May
24
comment Depth Perception in the Mountains
Sorry, so you're saying that people from the Western mountainy areas find the Grand Canyon more impressive because their depth perception is better?
May
23
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
@bashophil I guess I assumed it was obvious you'd have to look at each hike before you did it. For instance, my father and I did Mount Blanc when I was in junior high. If I remember right, we did use rope for two sections toward the top. But the OP's question was just so hard to answer, I thought I'd try to give a train of logic rather than a list. Thanks for the help.
May
23
comment Depth Perception in the Mountains
@Olin The tree line in the Sierras is about 7,000-9,000 feet. We frequently go up to 12,000 feet hiking on weekends. The tree line is frequently useful. I am just wondering if other people born in the mountains don't have the same problem as me.
May
23
comment Depth Perception in the Mountains
I understand the importance of maps. My question is more about my personal experience of depth perception than it is about navigation problems.
May
23
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
@Paul You are totally right, of course. I was hoping this was common sense. But it is important.
May
23
comment Is there a definitive list of the tallest mountains in the world that require little or no mountaineering experience?
@Pixie I do a fair bit of hiking and a LOT of climbing. Spain is a dream. If I had enough money to take a year off and travel the world, the wife and I would spend it climbing in Spain. No doubt.
May
20
comment What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?
@jmusser In my experience, I can go hiking in any old shoe. But if I go backpacking the extra weight on my body is strange, so I need very stiff soles in my shoes to compensate over a multi-day hike.
May
12
comment Is it safe to cut a climbing rope in half?
It is safe, yes. But don't do it yourself. Take it to a climbing gym, gear store, REI, or somewhere else that has done it before. They'll cut it and fix the ends so nothing comes unraveled later.
Mar
20
comment How to harden feet for walking barefoot on harsh surfaces?
I have done a lot of barefoot running. You can train your feet to do a lot of things. But at some point the temperatures of concrete on a hot summer day will burn your feet. You can't get around that. Humans weren't designed for concrete. You can train for rougher surfaces, but not so much hotter ones.
Mar
18
comment Why go without socks with climbing shoes?
@ntc2 Good point, I added that detail in.
Feb
20
comment Could smoking pipe tobacco or a cigar attract bears and/or other wildlife?
@manoftheson The idea here is that the smell of smoke might attract a curious bear. I have seen bears approach camp fires almost a dozen times while camping and backpacking: do not make the mistake that smoke will ward off bears or coyotes.
Feb
13
comment Vibram FiveFingers, useful, gimic?
@Liam Comfort. For walking, or any run under 12 miles, they are the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned. By far. The major downsides were: the un-cleanable smell, and the fact that every idiot in the grocery store would ask me about them.
Feb
12
comment Vibram FiveFingers, useful, gimic?
I LOVED my Vibram Five Fingers. But my partner complained, rightly, that they stank horribly. Now I wear the New Balance Minimus. For really long days, like running a marathon, the Minimus are slightly more comfortable, because they don't have to be as tight.
Feb
11
comment FiveFingers Spyridon for Climbing?
@NatureRules I just ran a marathon in my Five Fingers. I love them. I also love rock climbing. Do NOT wear the Five Fingers for rock climbing. Actually, you would figure that out yourself after about 20 seconds of hard climbing. They're the worst.
Jan
28
comment Pink Winter Sleeping Bags
What is the correct way to link to gear on Great Outdoors? I feel like this will be a problem again in the future.