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
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)