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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
8
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad, while hiking
+1 soapy water - just be sure you rinse well to remove that animal attracting pie.
Oct
4
answered Bleaching Dyneema/Spectra
Oct
3
comment Can I heat a shelter with fire?
Nice tip. Just watch for exploders: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/801/…
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 Which wood sources produce toxic smoke?
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?