[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.
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
The Stein Valley wilderness played a formative role in my development as an ultralight backpacker, and repeated trips there have grown my heart fonder, and led to me writing a modestly popular online guide to the Stein Valley. Back in 2012 after trying my hand at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open, I was keen to… Read More Stein Valley Speed Record Traverse (19hrs 51min)
Sept 2 – Sept 8 (7 days) GDT 344km – 145km (199 km) Section B SOBO (11 of 12) A week ago T and I walked into Peter Lougheed Park to resupply for this section, where we were greeted with the news that all public land in the southern BC Rockies was closing at noon… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 11 – Big Critters, Bigger Closures