Despite a lot of snow in the first half of the GDT (perhaps 50% more than expected), T and I arrived at the mid point of the GDT two days ahead of schedule. That meant we had to take a few days off because we had a wedding to attend that coming weekend. In total,… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 4 – Floodplains & Brush
On June 26, T and I wandered back into civilization after persevering through (and often enjoying) a very difficult 210 km (130 mile) third section of the Great Divide Trail. As usual, see T’s account if you want a well told version of the story. Thus far winter has been the dominant plot element of… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo – Section 3: Still Winter
T and I are taking a rest day (June 17) at Peter Lougheed Park after hiking another 8 days and 195km on the Great Divide Trail from Coleman, AB. We’re now at 344km out of 2240km in our GDT yo-yo. Note that I am slow in posting this due to poor internet, and once again,… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo – Section 2: Reprieve from Winter
T and I are resting in Coleman, AB after finishing the first section (145km) of our 2250km yo-yo of the Great Divide Trail. She writes a better story blog than I, so check out her account at IntoBohemia.ca Going into this, my expectation was that this first section would be the crux of the whole… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo – Section 1: Snowy Crux?
In a little over two weeks, T and I will be starting our second thru-hike. We’re attempting a yo-yo hike of the Canadian Rockies via the Great Divide Trail. The trail is 1250km (750 miles) and we’re planning the first ever yo-yo of it, so it will hopefully be a 2500km summer. T and I loved our… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo 2017
TarpTent recently released their new Saddle 2 tent, which has led to discussion over how it compares to TarpTent’s somewhat similar StratoSpire 2 design. Both tents are trekking pole supported double walls using the same materials. On the surface, it appears that the Saddle 2 offers similar functionality in a somewhat smaller/lighter/cheaper package that might avoid… Read More TarpTent Saddle 2 vs StratoSpire 2
Summary The Marl is Hanchor’s first mid-sized pack aimed at backpacking. It’s strengths include outstanding craftsmanship, excellent material choices, a refined feature set and excellent load capability. Downsides are few and are either easily remedied, or inherent to the design choices. The result is a coherent and functional pack that is arguably the best mid-sized… Read More Review: Hanchor Marl 42L Pack