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


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
19
comment Does whiskey help keep you warm in winter?
That is a completely fair point. I have consulted the most authoritative source I know of for wilderness medicine and asked my favourite doctor, and they both agree. Information above.
Mar
18
comment Liners and Travel sheets
I'm not sure what the difference in the products are, but I know there is a difference in their purpose: travel sheets are just meant to keep you clean if you're traveling (say) in a particularly dirty country, and sleeping bag liners are generally meant to keep you slightly warmer and keep your bad clean.
Mar
11
comment Facility to test cold weather gear in London UK
Aside from just walking into a meat freezer, I've never heard of anything like what you're asking. But to be more clear, this is not something that people usually do when buying gear.
Mar
10
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Oh, my only concern is the smell. I will try to make that more clear.
Mar
7
comment How to maintain climbing strength while training for a marathon
Well, I think at least one day a week at the climbing gym will have to happen. Even if it hurts. And the only "equipment" I have at home is a pull-up bar and some rock rings.
Mar
1
comment Experiences hiking with a baby: diapers
@KateGregory I've heard a lot of intense hiking stories, but yours is by far the most hardcore. Kudos.
Feb
26
comment Do bag liners add the same warmth value to all sleeping bags?
On non-backpacking trips I have taken to filling my sleeping bag with all the clothes I brought, coats, hats, socks, you name it. We found filling the sleeping bag with cloth is more effective than liners. (Of course, if you Are backpacking, all you'll have is a coat and some extra socks.)
Feb
19
comment Is it possible to sunburn through clothing?
I am a particularly pale redhead and have (very rarely) burned through white-cotton t-shirts. It happens. But I am very pale, even for a redhead, and seem to lack the ability to tan.
Feb
15
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
I have never seen those before. Awesome.
Feb
14
comment What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?
I agree! Just a note: anxiety and fear will make you grip harder. This is something to watch out for, particularly if you're outdoors.
Feb
13
comment What is the fastest style of sled?
I'm going to hand this one to you. It is certainly the best answer. I wish we had something a bit more definitive for an answer, so I looked around and posted some pseudo-scientific results I found below. Thanks for the interest!
Feb
12
comment How to set up a tent in deep snow
I suddenly have a lot more respect for Quebec. Is it still fun? Really?
Feb
11
comment Trekking in the himalayan region
I am pumped to hear answers to this question.
Feb
11
comment What is the ultimate car camping bed solution — for two people?
The last time I tried this, I just laid the driver's seat back and slept like that. Add a makeshift pillow and a blanket and I bet you'd be more comfortable than I am usually tent-camping.
Feb
11
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
I would suggest that whether climbing, mountaineering, or backpacking, the goal is to have the weight from your pack resting on your hips and not your shoulders. That really makes all the difference.
Feb
11
comment What is scientific relation between body weight and backpack weight in mountain climbing?
I have climbed up the Northwest face and hiked the John Muir trail up Mount Whitney, and this is just my experience. @RoryAlsop is totally right, there are too many confounded details. The only important factors are fitness and experience. Good luck.
Feb
9
comment Can I use my leather jacket to go to ski?
If you fall, you will get soaked. Also, ski pants are seriously a must.
Feb
7
comment May hiking in Eastern California
@gerrit I live in the area, before I answer: do you want to hike for one week at a stretch, or do a few smaller 2-day hikes?
Feb
7
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
When building a campfire, if you set the logs further apart they get more air and burn faster. If you set the logs closer together, they get less air and burn slower.