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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
26
comment How should we split up a 3 person tent?
@whatsisname Just make sure you both arrive at the same destination...
Mar
26
comment How can I prevent snow-balls building up in my dog's paws?
Interesting - 2 years of mushing and I never heard of this technique. But that's why I asked here. Though seems risky. Anyone second this method? (And Welcome)
Mar
21
comment What kinds of things are the “defensive driving” equivalent to handling campfires?
good points - added both.
Mar
21
comment How should we split up a 3 person tent?
You are putting 3 people into a 3 person tent? Good luck...
Mar
20
comment Thermal rating on vintage sleeping bags
I would argue the same goes for any bag... even ones with ratings.
Mar
20
comment Thermal rating on vintage sleeping bags
I've never seen a pounds of fill rating on a bag - but often a degree rating. Is this a European thing?
Mar
20
comment Thermal rating on vintage sleeping bags
Heck - some would argue sleeping in a bag is the only way to determine the actual insulating ability of bags with a rating.
Mar
18
comment Does whiskey help keep you warm in winter?
Thanks for the answer, but for me to accept it, we need the critical info in-house (and not dependent on links (which die)). Also, "drinking" and "getting drunk" are not synonymous...
Mar
18
comment Difference between Franz Josef and Fox glaciers
Possibly better suited for travel.stackexchange.com
Jan
28
comment What good factual books have you read on an outdoors topic?
If this question is going to stick around, I really think a Community wiki is the way to go: outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/3600/86 -- otherwise it will become a pain to follow
Jan
28
comment What good factual books have you read on an outdoors topic?
@DonBranson A friend of mine makes awesome pizza dough at home... his recipe: NOLS cookery.
Jan
28
comment What is the fastest style of sled?
Oh what the h#ll: the-rocketman.com/rkt_sled.html
Jan
28
comment What good factual books have you read on an outdoors topic?
Might get a little out of hand... but there is a start below... (not sure that the powers that be like these kinds of questions... but we'll let the people decide!)
Jan
28
comment What is the fastest style of sled?
@theJollySin And that saves me from having to dredge up a photo of a rocket-sled...
Jan
28
comment What is the fastest style of sled?
@theJollySin Try that ;) (see edit)
Jan
28
comment Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas
@gerrit: Animals don't tend to wear lug-soled boots...
Jan
25
comment Should I be more careful about postholing during winter hikes?
-1 For "you're not likely to get hurt." Lots of ways to get hurt post-holing, and pot-holing can happen on lots of different types of snow - not just "deep and soft" snow.
Jan
24
comment Can you keep your feet warm in ski boots on a very cold day?
Seems like the negatives (gooey feet, gunked up and compressed liners/insulation) would make this temporary solution bad news for long-term comfort...
Jan
24
comment Walking trailers
Be aware that wheeled carts, buggies, etc are illegal in Wilderness (with a capital W) areas in the US. outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/3512/86
Jan
18
comment Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
@Gerrit - The language is sufficiently "gray" to allow for interpretation. Interesting to note that wild animals on federal public lands in the US are regulated by the state game and fish agencies. Thus in some areas there has been fish-stocking in "pristine" Wilderness lakes...