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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


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.
Dec
4
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Then why do they recommend to my Thanksgiving turkey in water to thaw
Dec
3
comment How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
Not sure that it makes that much difference - but I removed the non-locking specificity from the question. (Side note: I've slacklining for years with non-locking 'biners and never had one open, break, etc...)
Dec
3
comment Tool for draining/crushing isobutane fuel canister
Good point - added it in
Nov
30
comment Can a PVC rain jacket also be used as a windbreaker?
I have found anything more active than playing cards in a PVC rain jacket is likely to cause condensation. But I sweat easily.
Nov
15
comment Can I use my leather jacket to go to ski?
You can wear anything you please, and I've seen everything from leisure-suits to birthday-suits on the slopes.
Nov
15
comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
Lots of good thoughts - but one thing I know is true: if you are cold and want to warm up, try taking off (and putting back on) all of your clothes without getting out of your sleeping bag. Works every time.
Nov
15
comment Jerky or Freeze-dried food : Is the salt they contain a concern?
@Amine -- That does seem excessive. Most canned soups (for example) seem around 35%... Check out this question: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/980/… for some lower-sodium options.
Nov
14
comment Do bear-safe rules still apply in the winter?
Good article - shows some variability by region as mentioned above.
Nov
14
comment Jerky or Freeze-dried food : Is the salt they contain a concern?
Just edited this question a bit to clarify (as I read it) -- feel free to roll back if I have changed the meaning.
Nov
4
comment How do I tie a slackline with only carabiners and webbing?
This addresses making an anchor, but not tying a slackline. Updated the question to make it a little more clear. (Also, I don't have a metal ring.)
Oct
26
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
Last WFR I took (WMI) was teaching IRICE... can't guarantee they haven't changed it (like they like to do)... UPDATE: Damn. bucktilton.blogspot.com/2010/12/rice-revisited.html
Oct
25
comment How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe?
Seems it might be better to generalize this question: "How do you know if smaller brands of climbing equipment are safe" rather than risk being accused of shilling for a particular company.
Oct
24
comment Are fires in natural caves/overhangs safe?
Nope, it is not. I did not mean to imply anything about your answer in particular, just giving some general thoughts. (I did not down-vote your answer.)
Oct
22
comment Are fires in natural caves/overhangs safe?
ASKING a question about urban myth, rumor, or pure speculation is perfectly legit, and should not earn a down-vote. ANSWERING a question based on urban myth, rumor, or pure speculation is bad, and should be down-voted into oblivion.
Oct
19
comment How do you best treat a turned ankle in the back country?
The modified mnemonic taught these days for soft-tissue injury is IRICE -- Ibuprofen, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The painkiller in Ibu is not sufficient to mask (and thus miss) critical pain, but the sooner you can get the anti-inflammatory in you the better.
Oct
8
comment Does Moss only grow on the North side of trees?
Not consistently enough to navigate reliably by...
Oct
8
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad, while hiking
pie = smell... (mmmm pie smells good...)
Oct
8
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad, while hiking
+1 soapy water - just be sure you rinse well to remove that animal attracting pie.
Oct
3
comment Can I heat a shelter with fire?
Nice tip. Just watch for exploders: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/801/…