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location Taos
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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
22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Are fires in natural caves/overhangs safe?
Oct
19
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
The modified mnemonic taught these days for soft-tissue injury is IRICE -- Ibuprofen, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The painkiller in Ibu is not sufficient to mask (and thus miss) critical pain, but the sooner you can get the anti-inflammatory in you the better.
Oct
8
comment Does Moss only grow on the North side of trees?
Not consistently enough to navigate reliably by...
Oct
8
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad, while hiking
pie = smell... (mmmm pie smells good...)
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