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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


Mar
18
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@Greg.Ley - Well not directly on "backcountry" mayo, but on unrefrigerated mayo. Just posted some citations.
Mar
18
answered How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Mar
17
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
17
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@russell-steen Once is luck. 3 years of packing mayo in the desert and 15+ elsewhere with no issues... well, perhaps I'm just the luckiest mayo-lover on earth ;)
Mar
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
16
revised How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
clarified
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
From personal experience, I've carried a squeeze bottle of mayo for a week+ backpacking in the heat of the desert... no issues.
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
I would agree with the pre-made tuna-salad, for the reason Greg.Ley commented on the question (introducing other contaminants), but I think the USDA is over-cautious...
Mar
16
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@Ryley - More trash... more hassle... and with the quantity of mayo I consume, ripping all those little packets open is just annoying.
Mar
16
revised How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
added 11 characters in body
Mar
16
answered Tent and sleeping bag: pack inside or strap outside a backpack?
Mar
15
asked How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Mar
15
asked Mountaineering / glacial traverse: rope-up or go it alone?
Mar
15
comment Is it safe to camp in the desert without a tent?
+1 I've spent countless nights tentless in the GC with no problems. I would add: 1) Don't lay out your sleeping kit until you are ready to crawl in, 2) Secure you belongings, ring-tails are master thieves (and a nuisance in the corridor) 3) Have a bandanna handy to put over your face if the wind starts kicking the sand up. 4) Enjoy the best stars of your life.
Mar
14
comment Putting in contact lenses when outdoors
To avoid the question, look into extended wear contacts. They are doing amazing things with porous contacts now. I use a 1 month never-take-out brand (that I stretch for 6 months by cleaning between trips.)
Mar
14
comment Things to consider when buying sunglasses
Pure optics. Most name brands have them, most sub-$40 don't. Subtle distortions you don't notice in the store can mess with your head after 10 hours of wear.
Mar
12
accepted Does hiking with a dog in bear country increase or decrease your risk of a bear encounter?
Mar
12
comment Does hiking with a dog in bear country increase or decrease your risk of a bear encounter?
Accepting this answer since it is the only one with any "authority" behind it - though I would still prefer something showing statistical significance (ie, a list of %bear attacks with dogs involved vs. % of people hiking in bear country with dogs...)
Mar
9
comment What's the UPF of a T-Shirt or jeans?
I call marketing scam (especially if they try to charge extra). Anything that blocks the sun, even partially, will provide some sun protection. I can't say I have known anyone to get a tan through regular ole' clothes...
Mar
9
awarded  Nice Question