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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


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accepted How do you stop blood-flow from a leech bite?
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awarded  Enlightened
Feb
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comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
+1 @furtive -- I just confirmed lithium are lighter alkaline... great bit of info.
Feb
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revised Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
Added another point to hopefully clarify the intent of the question
Feb
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awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
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comment Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
+1 for the anecdotal evidence / first-hand experience - but still looking for a definitive answer.
Feb
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comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
They work best with direct consistent sunlight - so while hiking is tough. I've strapped panels to my back-pack with some success - but better if you can charge during a "layover" day.
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revised What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
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answered What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
Feb
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comment Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
Well I intended it to apply to regions where there are wolves ;) - but have added a slight clarification.
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asked Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
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comment Are Personal Flotation Devices a good idea when rafting?
Not only a good idea, but on some rivers they are legally required.
Feb
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comment Is bear spray effective against other animals?
Wolf attacks? Why do wolves always get a bad wrap? I blame Little Red Riding Hood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_attacks_on_humans
Feb
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answered Barefoot Backpacking: Liquid Boots?
Feb
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comment Are Personal Flotation Devices a good idea when rafting?
+1 for the helmet comment.
Feb
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comment Can I shoot a bear in self-defense?
FYI - I'm not too familiar with different caliber's but have heard that many will just bounce off the skull of a Griz (which is what you will be presented with if one is charging you - not a nice broad-side heart/lung kill shot). To wit, when I worked in Griz country (Alaska) we were required to carry 12-gauge shot-guns loaded with slugs. +1 for bear spray.
Feb
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comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
@david - I believe standard accepted practice now is NOT to buddy up to treat hypothermia. Best to construct a 1-person burrito wrap. Should be its own question on here if not already.
Feb
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answered Is bear spray effective against other animals?