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During my adult life I have spent more nights outdoors than in.

I have served as an outdoor guide, educator, conservationist, researcher, crew leader and enthusiast from the bear-chomps of Alaska to the rock-falls of canyon country.

Currently working at a remote research station deep in the rain forest of Borneo studying primate ecology.

"I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth" - Steve McQueen


Oct
3
comment How should I correctly use poles and other equipment to avoid back pain on long hikes?
Could you explain what "styles" are?
Oct
2
comment Storing Fuel Canisters with Stove Pump Attached
Re: 1.1: Can you? Yes, you can. Should you? Depends... I don't own the original lids to my personal stove bottles -- all pump, all the time without a single leak. However, I NEVER allow participants on my guided trips to carry them with the pump attached (too many leaks).
Sep
25
awarded  Custodian
Sep
25
reviewed Reviewed Cooking over a fire
Sep
25
awarded  Custodian
Sep
25
reviewed Leave Open Crew requirements for sailing a ketch
Sep
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Will Iodine Tablets Ruin My CamelBak?
Sep
23
answered How much waterproofing spray to apply to my softshell jacket
Sep
23
asked Is my tent pole a lightning rod?
Sep
23
comment Soft or hard drinking bottle?
Unclear whether you are talking hard lexan bottles (like the blue nalgene type) vs soft but semi-rigid (like the white opaque Nalgene type) or squashable bike types or foldable platypus types, or disposable Evian water types... lots of water bottles out there...
Sep
23
comment Soft or hard drinking bottle?
I've played basketball with hard Nalgene bottles, and driven over one with a car. No breakage.
Sep
23
comment How to set up a tent in deep snow
I disagree with your insulation comment. I would highly recommend double-insulation. A closed-cell foam pad under an inflatable therma-rest type is essential to keeping warm in snow.
Sep
23
revised Can I replace Dish soap?
added 126 characters in body
Sep
23
comment How to properly lace hiking boots?
I'm not convinced this is a lacing problem - but maybe a shoe-fit, or general circulation / ankle strength problem. Also, there is some debate as to whether massive ankle support is all that beneficial. I've seen lots of very experienced hikers in sneakers or Chaco type sandals. (Just be aware of where your feet are - and learn your limits)
Sep
23
comment What wood burns toxic?
This is going to be highly region specific... There are some tropical tree species that can be fatal (or at least really really nasty) if you inhale the smoke.
Sep
23
comment How much waterproofing spray to apply to my softshell jacket
I would follow the directions printed on the bottle (which will usually say "don't saturate" or "thoroughly saturate and let dry" depending on the product.)
Sep
23
answered How should I correctly use poles and other equipment to avoid back pain on long hikes?
Sep
23
comment Surviving a forest fire by starting another fire
@dudeofea I can't speak for the truth of the particular instance you cite, but back-burning is very common practice for wildland fire-fighting, and a well-known technique for creating safety zones in areas where none exist naturally. It's use in emergency situations was revolutionary in Mann Gulch (so unfamiliar that some firefighters lost their lives because they did not understand what Dodge was doing), but since that incident, every fire-fighter knows this emergency technique, and many carry flares in their packs just for this purpose.
Sep
23
comment When do I need a permit to go into nature?
@gerrit It's not necessarily that they are "so popular" but often an attempt to keep good opportunities for solitude. I've been in vast tracts of Wilderness that are limited to ~10 people per day -- so you run a very good chance of not seeing another soul on your trip. That's good management.
Sep
23
revised Can I replace Dish soap?
Added snow