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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
12
comment Material of shirt for Desert hiking
@manoftheson About the same in my experience - often the linen is a looser weave allowing for more breatheability but less water retention. There's a reason its popular in tropic areas like India.
Jan
10
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
@felix ...but which sounds like a jet engine taking off. I've tried to love it, but find the noise to be super-disturbing of my quiet wilderness experience.
Jan
8
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
Accepted. I've done this thousands of times in the back-country without explosion, so I would say your short answer is a bit mis-leading. (Though the warnings are definitely important and valid)
Jan
8
comment How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?
+1 for alternate solution (I always cook pasta with the boil-then-let-it-sit method. Perfect every time.)
Jan
8
comment What is the fastest style of sled?
Two of my (adult) friends have suffered a broken hip and broken hand while sledding. Be careful out there.
Jan
8
comment Can I mix fuels when using the MSR whisperlite international stove?
I'm reading that white-gas / "Coleman Fuel" is actually Naphtha, which is similar to, but different from unleaded gasoline (beyond just the additives). Both, however, use the same jet on the Whisperlite International. +1 for just use the white gas till it's gone then switch to gasoline.
Jan
8
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
@OlinLathrop -- Things I've brought backpacking: soda (✓), beer (✓), ice cream on dry ice (✓), avocado (✓), bacon (✓), wine (✓). Sometimes it is the unexpected (or implausible) that makes a trip a great one. Everyone has their opinion of what is "necessary" or a "big deal." But "backpacking" does not necessarily mean "suffering."
Dec
18
comment How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
@DonBranson That would be awesome. I love charts, graphs, and repeatable scientific results ;) - Oh, and welcome to Outdoors.SE.
Dec
18
comment When is it too cold for Tarping?
@DonBranson Ha! Well... let's get to the bottom of it: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3389/…
Dec
18
comment When is it too cold for Tarping?
@DonBranson Admittedly "10+" is an unsubstantiated rumor, but it definitely ups the comfort factor...
Dec
10
comment How do you determine current trail conditions before going on a hike?
I wager the various aspects that go into making this decision are so broad and region specific, a "correct" answer is impossible. (Aside from general: "ask around" advice.)
Dec
7
comment Recommendations for two-way radios to use while skiing
For ski hills, getting a more expensive model with scrambler / privacy channels is essential if you don't want to listen to everyone else's chatter. (I've seen all 35? standard channels occupied). Motorola Talkabout used to be pretty reliable.
Dec
7
comment Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
Long underwear (base), thin fleece (mid), shell (outer). These three basic layers are found pretty ubiquitously for both upper and lower. There may be more options for upper - but is that for function, or style?
Dec
7
comment Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
I would add that keeping your core warm is more vital than keeping your legs (or even arms) warm. Other than that, answer seems pretty complete.
Dec
6
comment Storing Headlamps: With or without batteries?
I disagree that leaking batteries is no longer an issue. Perhaps less common, but I still see it happening.
Dec
6
comment Storing Headlamps: With or without batteries?
Interesting about the electricity leak -- as I wrote, I've always suspected it, but never tested it.
Dec
6
comment What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
@Steed - I can attest to having boiled a cup of water over a candle. It's slow - but it gets there ;)
Dec
6
comment How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
@Mr.Wizard -- Your answer is pretty good - but if I want the answer to my question, I have to a) go off this site, b) watch a lengthy video (I read/digest diagrams faster than watch a video) and c) think for myself ;)
Dec
5
comment When is it too cold for Tarping?
Candle lanterns are an "essential" on my winter trips: rei.com/product/838881/original-candle-lantern-value-pack
Dec
5
comment When is it too cold for Tarping?
I've read that human breath creates more CO2 per hour than a single candle. People who have died were probably using propane lanterns with much higher combustion rates. If in doubt, crack your zipper an inch.