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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


Apr
23
answered How should I put out a campfire while away from civilization?
Apr
23
comment How should I put out a campfire while away from civilization?
If building fire on stone, please put down a layer of soil first to avoid creating a fire scar. Leave No Trace.
Apr
23
comment Is it safe to eat poison ivy berries since I don't react to the leaves?
The word "should" seems wrong. How about "is it safe to..."
Apr
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
28
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
22
comment Dealing with very cold climate (clothing)
That helps - so that 60-70% outdoors you will be doing normal tourist type activities (ie sight seeing, walking) not climbing, hiking, excessive physical activity, etc. And you will be returning to stable, safe, warm shelter. (Recommended clothing choice will vary depending).
Mar
22
comment What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?
The back of a chipmunk is also soft...
Mar
22
comment Does any tent manufacturer promise to have replacement parts?
@greg.ley is that a new policy? I've always gotten full (minus any dividend already paid out on it).
Mar
21
comment How are sleeping bag temperature ratings determined?
They have a person sleep in it under increasingly cold temperatures until they freeze to death. It is incredibly challenging for the human-resource departments of bag manufacturers.
Mar
21
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
I think I saw that guy at LAX
Mar
21
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
I'm staying out of the main discussion (2 months late to the party) but groin and armpit hair likely serve the evolutionary function of providing more surface area for pheromones to hang-out on, and thus have a better chance of catching the nose of passing potential mate.
Mar
21
comment What are the key features to look for in mobile device apps for hiking/camping?
These rei.com/category/40006518 and rei.com/category/4500525 are really useful on the trail.
Mar
21
answered Does any tent manufacturer promise to have replacement parts?
Mar
21
comment Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
Seems the waste of plastic, potential for chemical leaching (heat and plastics), potential for catastrophic failure leaves me wondering the advantage? I've never had a pot that couldn't be cleaned with a little water and elbow grease.
Mar
19
comment Dealing with very cold climate (clothing)
What sorts of activity will you be engaged in? Physical? Sitting around? Dashing from sheltered transport to shelter?
Mar
19
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
So if the data suggests mayo slows the growth (though the 3rd reference I gave suggests it kills Ecoli) even after contamination, then what evidence do you have for saying it will spoil rapidly and people will die? Given the inhibitive properties, seems like one could almost argue mayo is safer than any other fresh food (which also spoils at some point.)
Mar
19
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@berry120 - Well, actually, looking at the studies, the risk is fairly non-existent. Or at least (in my reading of it) mayo is no more a game of craps than any other food. There is a stigma that mayo us a ticking time-bomb, but I'm not sure the evidence backs that up.
Mar
18
revised How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
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