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


Dec
18
comment Lowe Alpine - TFX Cerro Torre: pack is moving to sides
Do you know how to adjust all 6 straps on a modern backpack? That also might make for a better question in this format: one that would be more generally useful to a lot of people. Just an idea.
Dec
16
comment What is this knee pain when going downhill?
I am not a doctor. But I have found a solution to my knee pain (which I think might be the same area): a lot of leg strength exercise. If my quads are strong enough, I can walk down hill (with a heavy pack on), landing heel first. This takes the pressure of my knee, and I can walk faster. Again, I am not a doctor.
Dec
13
comment Rock Climbing - Beginner's Guide for Quick Improvement?
@bhekman I forgot to mention the mental game. ESPECIALLY if you want to climb outdoors. Work on your fear. Put some serious effort into maintaining focus when you're in a tenuous position or are very tired. The more effort you put into this, the better you'll climb.
Dec
11
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
Rapelling. You will put both sides of the rope into your device when you rapel.
Dec
11
comment “Must Have” in a starter Trad Rack
A friend once told me that you shouldn't buy any gear until you know what climb you're doing, then buy the gear for that climb. (As a starter, a set of nuts costs little more than a single cam. So I just bought a set of nuts.)
Dec
11
comment How to warm up your cold toes and fingers?
Bonus points to anyone that can answer this question for rock climbers. There's nothing worse than trying to climb on frozen fingers.
Dec
10
comment Rock Climbing - Beginner's Guide for Quick Improvement?
Finger boards are key. If you follow a plan, and are careful to not over-train or hurt yourself, fingers boards lead to Fast Gains. Be careful and be smart. But finger boards are key.
Dec
10
comment Rock Climbing - Beginner's Guide for Quick Improvement?
Let's get started. Work on your crack-climbing technique. Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker are the experts: Episode 1: vimeo.com/40346006 Episode 2: vimeo.com/40353764 Episode 3: vimeo.com/40367819 Episode 4: vimeo.com/40358544 Episode 5: vimeo.com/40654007 Episode 6: vimeo.com/40733001
Dec
9
comment Rock Climbing - Beginner's Guide for Quick Improvement?
Work on your finger strength training first, then on your technique, then on your core strength, and then very last you can work on your general fitness.
Nov
21
comment Climbing Mount Teide from sea-level
@cluons I think two days is safe. Will it be fun? Probably not. I might do it in two, but I think I would suggest three days being a lot more pleasant.
Oct
7
comment What kinds of knives are allowed while camping in California?
You may not be a lawyer, but you are definitely awesome. Thanks, man.
Oct
7
comment What kinds of knives are allowed while camping in California?
Great answer, Timothy. Does this mean that in order for me to carry my 6-inch fixed blade while backpacking, I have to carry it in a visible location? (I can't just throw it in my pack?)
Oct
7
comment What are the repercussions of entering National parks during US Government shutdown?
@Joe We tested out this question this weekend. I believe it is illegal to enter National Park land (but who will stop you). However, it is still legal to enter National Forest land. National Forest have never had gates to lock you out. The campgrounds are all closed, though.
Sep
26
comment Is caffeine helpful or hurtful when backpacking?
I go backpacking with people that are used to drinking coffee every morning. It's never been a problem. But they might get a headache if we skipped it.
Sep
11
comment How can I keep my backpack from resting directly against my back?
@AugR I think a new backpack is the solution. Some have raised mesh grids that separate the pack from your back. Especially newer framed backpacks.
Sep
10
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@Vorac Really, you carry wine backpacking? That sounds like great fun. I considered buying a small flask and filling it with something that would also double as antiseptic. But I haven't done it yet. Sounds like fun.
Sep
7
comment Clarification sought on the six-inch-cat-hole rule
The OP and I are both from California. Can anyone else verify having heard this rule in other parts of the world?
Sep
6
comment Do kevlar sacks work against bears?
Are the kevlar sacks much lighter than my standard black bear can?
Sep
6
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@WedaPashi Backpacking is more fun anyway. But that's interesting to know.
Sep
5
comment How bright a flashlight would I realistically need for searching through terrain?
I just asked all the search-and-rescue people I know and they all said that night searches are rare, because they are dangerous. They also said they don't have standard equipment. Mostly, people just grab some 200-lumen head lamps and hope for the best.