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


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.
Sep
5
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
@WedaPashi I am going to guess that anyone who is getting drunk in the wild is car camping, and not backpacking. And, in that case, it doesn't matter how heavy things are.
Sep
4
comment Can bears smell empty beer bottles?
Exactly! Except a bear can probably smell them from a kilometer away.
Aug
30
comment Dog Breeds for Backpacking and Trail Running
@ppl I have never seen one before! I'll Google around. Were you thinking of them for running/backpacking/both?
Aug
15
comment What is the longest time you can go, eating only freeze-dried food?
@Marcus I suppose freeze-dried food would be high in salt. But they sell a great variety of it now. Assuming you have unlimited water, I see no reason you couldn't survive indefinitely.
Aug
13
comment Will using a sleeping bag stop the body from adapting to cold?
Adapting to the cold (or the heat) is a long process. I think of it as something I need to try to do in little ways every day. But when I go backpacking/camping I bring the warmest things I can, for temperature. Just IMO.
Aug
13
comment Will the benefit of an axe outweigh the drawbacks and win over a large knife?
Just to clarify, what situation are we talking about: backpacking? hiking and car-camping? General survival? (Perhaps we can clarify this and add a tag to your question?)
Aug
8
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@Lathrop This is the exact solution I use. Loose boxers are the enemy on a long, hard backpacking trick or serious run.