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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


Feb
4
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
+1 @furtive -- I just confirmed lithium are lighter alkaline... great bit of info.
Feb
4
comment Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
+1 for the anecdotal evidence / first-hand experience - but still looking for a definitive answer.
Feb
4
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
They work best with direct consistent sunlight - so while hiking is tough. I've strapped panels to my back-pack with some success - but better if you can charge during a "layover" day.
Feb
3
comment Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
Well I intended it to apply to regions where there are wolves ;) - but have added a slight clarification.
Feb
3
comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
Not entirely true - more layers can reach a point where you are so tightly crammed in the bag your lose the "loft" of your bag and layers, compressing the insulating air out of everything. Remember layers function to trap air.
Feb
3
comment Are Personal Flotation Devices a good idea when rafting?
Not only a good idea, but on some rivers they are legally required.
Feb
3
comment Is bear spray effective against other animals?
Wolf attacks? Why do wolves always get a bad wrap? I blame Little Red Riding Hood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_attacks_on_humans
Feb
3
comment Are Personal Flotation Devices a good idea when rafting?
+1 for the helmet comment.
Feb
2
comment Can I shoot a bear in self-defense?
FYI - I'm not too familiar with different caliber's but have heard that many will just bounce off the skull of a Griz (which is what you will be presented with if one is charging you - not a nice broad-side heart/lung kill shot). To wit, when I worked in Griz country (Alaska) we were required to carry 12-gauge shot-guns loaded with slugs. +1 for bear spray.
Feb
2
comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
@david - I believe standard accepted practice now is NOT to buddy up to treat hypothermia. Best to construct a 1-person burrito wrap. Should be its own question on here if not already.
Feb
2
comment Should you pop a blister?
Pretty sure this is the recommended approach by just about every wilderness medicine authority these days. If you can keep it closed, keep it closed. Do what you can to protect it. A blister IS a bandage. If it opens on its own, clean and treat as you would any other wound.
Jan
27
comment What fps does a bow need to hunt moose?
I call "photoshop" on this one...
Jan
27
comment Staying dry in severe weather
Still seems a big vague - with lots of unknowns - could cover lots of subjects - recommending it be closed
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
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
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
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
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.