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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


Jan
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comment How can I get rid of mold on climbing skins for skis?
Why do you need to? Is it affecting the stickiness?
Jan
26
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
26
comment How can I be absolutely sure my fire is safely extinguished?
I would like to add to this answer instead of writing a new one that the only DEFINITIVE way to know your fire is OUT is to make sure its cool to the touch through and through. Start with the back of your hand near the coals to check for warmth, then actually sift through with your hands while mixing with water. This is a time-honored technique practiced by rangers and wild-land firefighters.
Jan
26
awarded  Editor
Jan
26
revised Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
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Jan
26
awarded  Critic
Jan
26
comment How can I start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
I am down-voting this answer for the following reasons: --The original question did not say this was an emergency survival situation, but only asked for techniques. --Though perhaps difficult, it is possible, so "You can't" is just wrong. --"Bring a lighter" is not very constructive, nor germane to the question.
Jan
26
asked Is it better to camp in a disturbed area, or pick a new spot and let the first rest?
Jan
26
answered Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
Jan
26
awarded  Scholar
Jan
26
accepted If I'm caught in lightning above tree-line, what should I do?
Jan
25
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
25
comment How do I avoid leeches?
Any evidence for the tobacco water story? I've heard this one as well, but have never verified it.
Jan
25
awarded  Mortarboard
Jan
25
asked Which stove fuel has best weight to bulk to heat ratio?
Jan
25
awarded  Commentator
Jan
25
comment How do I recognize if someone is suffering from hypothermia?
Summed up by saying to watch for the "-umbles": stumble, mumble, fumble.
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
The difference could come from how we are defining "hiking in the heat" - From sunup till about 10-11 am or so, the day can be fairly pleasant in the desert, and starts cooling off again starting around 3 or 4pm. During the hottest hours, your best bet is not to hike, but find a boulder to shade up under. The devil is in the details.
Jan
25
asked How can I start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
Jan
25
asked How do you stop blood-flow from a leech bite?