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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


Sep
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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
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revised Can I replace Dish soap?
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Sep
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comment Can I replace Dish soap?
Even biodegradable soaps should never be used directly in a water source. They need the enzymes in the soil to properly break down.
Sep
21
answered Can I replace Dish soap?
Sep
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which types of wood will make food taste bad?
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Aug
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comment When do I need a permit to go into nature?
Most permit systems exist to limit usage, not to track you. Search and Rescue should never be expected - regardless of whether you have a permit or not.
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answered When do I need a permit to go into nature?
Jul
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comment How do I prevent rocks or sand from getting in my boots?
Try these: rei.com/product/778003/… used for years - not too hot. But make sure they crank down low to the heel if you are using them with tennis shoes.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What to look for in a durable, 3-season sleeping bag?
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