Category: Essay

Articles that I spent more than average time and research on, notable for thoroughness.

The Autoimmune Expedition

My friend Peter Marshall is climbing Mount Rainier to raise funds and awareness for Autoimmune Disease. He could use your help: Autoimmune Expedition

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Smart Phones and Battery Life

The biggest energy drain in a smart phone other than the cellular radio is the screen. Advice on how to best use this information, and preserve battery life

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Personal Locator Beacons from the Rescuer’s Perspective


A case study of a rescue with a Personal Locator Beacon in SouthWestern BC detailing rescuer’s difficulties accessing the location.

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Finding Someone from a Helicopter

A description of a search, and of finding someone from a helicopter. Some tips on how to be spotted.

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Why you shouldn’t use Smart Phones for Backcountry Navigation

Smart phones are problematic for backcountry navigation; they are fagile, have terrible battery life, and are less accurate than a wilderness GPS unit.

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Frequency of SAR Incidents

I analysed some numbers on SAR Incidents in British Columbia and made a few graphs showing how the frequency of incidents changes with the season.

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Distribution of SAR Incidents in BC

The distribution of SAR tasks in British Columbia

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SAR Numbers from other Provinces

Comparing SAR incident volumes in BC to those in other provinces. BC has more than the rest of Canada combined

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How to Kill Yourself Snowshoeing

A review of snowshoe accidents in BC reveals that snowshoers are more likely to die in a slip and fall than in an avalanche.

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On Getting Lost (Part 2): Corner and Edge Cases

Corner and edge cases for how people get lost, based on personal experience.

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