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
A Clever Concept With Disappointing Execution [Update: I encourage readers to view the response to this review from TarpTent in the comments section, as it provides a counter point to many of the topics discussed here. Also, some aspects of the Saddle 2 are being updated as Henry Shires (TarpTent) describes.] Summary The Saddle 2… Read More Long Term Review: TarpTent Saddle 2
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
Aug 26 – Sept 1 (7 days) GDT 552km – 344km (208 km + detour) Section C SOBO (10 of 12) It’s been a hot, dry summer on the Rockies, which has led to the worst fire season in BC’s history and to a lot of closures on the Great Divide Trail. Thankfully for us,… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 10 – Rad or Bad?
Aug 21 – Aug 23 (3 days) GDT 658km to 552km (106 km) Section D SOBO (9 of 12) From Saskatchewan Crossing to Field, the Great Divide Trail is basically a tour of Parks Canada’s neglect of the backcountry. Most GDT hikers report these poor conditions as the low point of the GDT, as I… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 9 – Neglect and Goats
Aug 13 – Aug 19 (7 days) GDT 850km to 658km (192km) Section 8 of 12 T and I were supposed to have just one day off in Jasper after our tough 560km, 21 day leg north of there. We rolled into Jasper planning on a fast turn around – quickly stocking up on extra… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 8 – Fall’s Fulcrum