Monthly Archives: January 2011


Wahoo Creek, that is. It’s a good place to ski. I’m spilling the beans because I found out about it the old fashioned way: looking at a map and then going to investigate. Going up. Wahoo faces north.  It traps … Continue reading

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The new Egyptian revolution

Sunset over Cairo, from the Citadel, looking towards downtown Cairo may well be the greatest city in the world.  The combination of deep history and thronging, chaotic modernity is special, perhaps unmatched.  Of course, I’m not enough of a traveler … Continue reading

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Marquette Backcountry ski review

Are the Marquette’s real skis? In many ways this is the central question, because the answer dictates the criteria against which they are judged. If we take them at the face value of the marketing schtick (70% ski, 30% snowshoe, … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Grand Canyon

Super stylish route (with a massive shuttle) by the east coasters. It is great news that multiple permitted packraft trips, with unconventional entry and exit points, have been completed. Hopefully it will open the door to even more, and more … Continue reading

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Cki Team weekend roundup (Whitefish Whiteout race report)

Sunset over Lake McDonald and the Apgar Range, today. Rando racing (skimo) is hard.  Best analogy I can make is doing an XC mountain bike race with no flat and very technical descents on a rigid singlespeed.  Analogy only as … Continue reading

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(re)Defining Lightweight Backpacking

The difference between lightweight backpacking and ‘normal’ backpacking is obviously the gear. Winter has reached that point where we talk about summer. After a long weekend of rain, a bunch of us found ourselves in the Northern in Whitefish after … Continue reading

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Mounting tricks

As has been explored previously here, my tastes in ski gear (well, most gear, actually) is rather idiosyncratic.  Driven by an overvaluation of simplicity and aesthetics, and at the moment, a strong need for affordability.  I say all this as … Continue reading

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Cases for and against Armstrong

Call it “physiologically believable” (which many don’t like, but I use it with its obvious intention), or call it signs of change, I do believe that the Tour is slower, and that the days of 6.3W/kg for 40 minutes are … Continue reading

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At Blacktail this afternoon.  Nice and icy.

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Alternate Entertainment

I have some work that must be done on MLK day, so cut time by going skiing this morning.  Brown Mountain lookout trail in GNP.  TH at 3.4k, lookout at 7.5, rain/snow line at 5.9.  As one of my Juneau-raised co-workers … Continue reading

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