This weekend is the 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open, an unofficial A to B traverse challenge across the rockies. I showed up in 2012 and 2013, but last year was away thru-hiking the PCT. Both times I found myself stretched and challenged in rewarding ways, although perhaps not as challenged as the entrants last year, none of whom made it to the finish line in the tough conditions.
The conditions look more favourable this year (low snowpack, favourable weather forecast). My route is still being finalized, but my gear is pretty much sorted other than possibly shedding a few items I’m on the fence about. I’m excited for the event. There looks to be a good turnout this year. Read more here