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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
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
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
comment How do I tie a sleeping bag to my backpack?
I'm wondering about that myself... Please comment if you downvote.
Jan
25
comment How do I tie a sleeping bag to my backpack?
No - you aren't missing anything - its that Internal frames are designed to be sleek, and closer fitting so you are unencumbered when traveling off-trail, or scrambling. Thus, most manufacturers assume you won't be hanging stuff on the outside - except maybe an ice-ax or trekking poles (which is what it looks like those loops were designed for)
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Well, see Timothy's link, as well as this one: nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hiking-faq.htm#CP_JUMP_100064 and we see that even the Park has varying recommendations. I personally carry more so I have plenty to share with others in need.
Jan
25
comment Can any waterborne pathogens survive boiling?
I know there is some question whether you need 'minutes' or just bringing to a rolling boil is enough. I lean toward the latter, and have never had issues.
Jan
25
comment What is the most efficient food to take a for a 12-15 day hiking trip?
and don't care about eating the same tasteless thing every day if necessary <-- This makes me sad. If you are suffering, you are doing it wrong ;) - when you have your tent set, your pot on the stove, and watching the sunset, who wants tasteless? You want a symphony of flavor with that back-drop. Delicious doesn't have to be heavy.
Jan
25
comment How do I treat hot spots and blisters when I have no moleskin?
Bonus tip: wrap duct-tape around your water bottle, or trekking pole, or pack-frame, or something that you always take with you... it will come in handy often.
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Having 2 extra liters you don't need is much better than the other way around...
Jan
25
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Interested to know where you got the 2:1 per hour ratio - by that math, hiking in the desert is a losing prospect.