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bio website github.com/theJollySin
location San Francisco Bay Area
age 33
visits member for 2 years, 2 months
seen Nov 18 at 16:40

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


Oct
31
comment When should you use gear to climb a tree?
@nhinkle I've done a lot of bouldering, and anything above 10 feet makes me feel uncomfortable without a pad to fall on. Somewhere are 15 or 20 feet you can tell you'll be hurt when you look down. It's a pretty reasonable rule.
Oct
30
comment How safe is sleeping in bear country?
I agree with Ben below. Grizzlies and Polar Bears aside, you're safe while sleeping. There is minor risk of a charge if you surprise a mother with her cubs (but that only happens if you're awake).
Oct
7
comment Why are indoor climbing grades easier?
I generally agree with Brian Eagen. I will also add that it varies by gym. I climbed at a gym in NorCal that was notorious for having MUCH harder ratings than Yosemite.
Sep
29
comment Bare Essentials for 2-3 day Hike
@GeistvonPA I wrote a beginner backpacking gear guide here: gist.github.com/theJollySin/4df50a08d6e0ab9955c9
Sep
22
comment Tips for a novice backpacker
For some friends just starting out, I wrote a thorough beginner guide to backpacking gear: gist.github.com/theJollySin/4df50a08d6e0ab9955c9
Sep
5
comment Where to carry a folding knife when hiking?
I like a one-piece (not folding) knife while backpacking. I tend to hang it off my belt. I've seen people tie it to their leg, but that is a little uncomfortable for me: try it out though.
Aug
28
comment Safe Way to Mark a Carabiner
I tested nail polish on a carabiner I use for my car keys and yeah, everything gets rubbed off pretty fast. Useless to bother. I have marked non-gate parts of my carabiners with nailpolish and electrical tape just to ID them as mine, and that worked fine (I prefer colored electrical tape).
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.