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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


Nov
10
asked Do bear-safe rules still apply in the winter?
Nov
4
revised New Zealand recommended hiking maps, books and other resources
edited body; edited title
Nov
4
comment How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
This addresses making an anchor, but not tying a slackline. Updated the question to make it a little more clear. (Also, I don't have a metal ring.)
Nov
4
revised How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
added 11 characters in body
Nov
1
answered What are the advantages of learning to ski on a trip? (as opposed to beforehand)
Oct
26
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
Last WFR I took (WMI) was teaching IRICE... can't guarantee they haven't changed it (like they like to do)... UPDATE: Damn. bucktilton.blogspot.com/2010/12/rice-revisited.html
Oct
26
asked How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
Oct
25
comment How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe?
Seems it might be better to generalize this question: "How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe" rather than risk being accused of shilling for a particular company.
Oct
24
comment Are fires in natural caves/overhangs safe?
Nope, it is not. I did not mean to imply anything about your answer in particular, just giving some general thoughts. (I did not down-vote your answer.)
Oct
22
comment Are fires in natural caves/overhangs safe?
ASKING a question about urban myth, rumor, or pure speculation is perfectly legit, and should not earn a down-vote. ANSWERING a question based on urban myth, rumor, or pure speculation is bad, and should be down-voted into oblivion.
Oct
22
reviewed Reject 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