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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
27
comment What is the difference between Gore-Tex and Mountain Hardwears DryQ?
I can't speak to all products, but I believe that one reason we saw a proliferation of "water-proof breathable" fabrics hit the market a few years back was because Gore's exclusive patent ran out on Gore-Tex(TM), allowing the same exact membrane to be manufactured by other companies under other names.
Jan
27
answered Is it practical to get a satellite phone for communication from remote areas?
Jan
27
answered What mosquito nets can be used while camping?
Jan
27
answered What are the rules for eating raw, wild meat?
Jan
26
asked Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Jan
26
revised Which will drain less body heat: lying on bare earth or bare rock?
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Jan
26
asked Which will drain less body heat: lying on bare earth or bare rock?
Jan
26
asked Does eating snow help dehydration?
Jan
26
comment What is the preferred knot for cinching a hard item to your car rack?
+1 for the trucker's hitch. I've yet to find a load that couldn't be wrangled with a truckers and a couple of half-hitches.
Jan
26
comment Staying dry in severe weather
Is this possibly a duplicate of outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/344/… or am I missing the point of the question?
Jan
26
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