[Note: This is the trip report I hastily wrote up after the 2017 Bob Open on BackpackingLight.com. I’m just now reposting it here so it’s more easily referenced for posterity] The Bob Marshall Wilderness Open is point A to B, plan your own route, slightly competitive “non-race” event during the challenging off-season conditions of May… Read More BMWO 2017 – NOT A GIMME
Editing all the footage from our 4 months on the trail this summer has turned out to be a massive job. The video series has ballooned into what will be eight episodes (from five originally planned) and will total about an hour rather than the 20 minutes I was originally estimating. Fortunately I’ve been able… Read More GDT Yo-Yo Videos – Chapters 3 – 5
Climbing is something I’ve always wanted to do, but never had a good opportunity to get started. My preferred approach to activities is autodidactic, which for obvious reasons, it’s a little tricky with climbing. Finally last summer I met someone who was willing to show me the basics – first in the gym, then with… Read More Struggling up Castleton Tower
I’ve finally begun editing the footage from the big GDT trek this summer. Below are the first two episodes, which cover the first 550km.
DAYS Start: June 1 End: November 1 Elapsed days: 154 Hiking days: 82 Days on substantial snow: 15 Zeros (town stops): 10 Zeros (injury): 6 Zeros (other obligations): 6 Zeros (waiting out fires): 50 DISTANCE Distance hiked: 2264 kms Distance on snow: 160 kms (est) Distance per day: 27.6 km (16 miles) WILDLIFE Sheep –… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo – The Numbers
Oct 28 – Nov 1 (6 days) GDT 145km – 0 km (145 km) Section A SOBO (12 of 12) Getting forced off the GDT back in early September was a disappointment with just 150kms left in the 2250km trek. We’d already persevered around a bunch of closures and thought we had it in the… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 12 – Unfinished Business
Summary Fizan’s Compact 3 poles are a 3-piece ultralight aluminum trekking pole with good twist lock adjustment, okay grips, a low weight (5.7oz per pole) and reasonable durability. Now that Massdrop has teamed up with Fizan, the Compact 3 poles are available at an impressively low price of $60/set which substantially undercuts all other lightweight poles.… Read More Review: Massdrop x Fizan Compact Poles