It’s alive!!

~130 liter, full VX-21 homemade four season multi-sport adventure pack.Arc’teryx Bora shoulder straps (women’s large, ebay’d).Partially free-floating custom hipbelt with anatomic cut outs.Full wrap gusseted back pocket, with drain holes and bungee closure, modular/removeable bottom compression strap.Double bottom with drain grommets.Drawstring closure, silnylon top skirt. Psyched.  Full design report to come, after a few shakedown […]

127 Hours

Yep, it’s The Aron Ralston Story by Danny Boyle, coming to a theatre near you (!) November 5th. The trailer dropped a few days ago: And it doesn’t look good. The word “dropped”, mountain biking scenes, coy female arms, and blue water pool brings to mind another use of the word dropped, something to which […]

Back out in it

Tomorrow morning I’ll be teaming up with packrafting all-stars Forrest McCarthy and Luc Mehl to descend Moose Creek and the Selway River in Idaho.  We’ll be starting at Hoodoo Lake, at the end of the Elk Summit road, and plan to camp near the confluence of Moose and the Selway, and finish late Sunday afternoon.  […]

Fishing ethics

I’ve been really getting into fly fishing this summer. I was reminded how fun it was a year ago when Mike visited and we had a great day on upper Rattlesnake Creek, but my passion has really taken off with the acquisition of my TenkaraUSA Amago. It’s not just newbies like me, experienced hands agree […]

Materials testing

I’m in the process of constructing a new pack, and vetting foams for use in the hipbelt. I tested water absorption of yoga mat, generic 3/8″ thick white closed cell foam, and standard ridgerest foam by immersing 6″ by 9″ pieces of each in water for 2 hours shaking dry, then weighing. Results follow. Yoga […]