Monthly Archives: March 2011


It’s been a hard week to be at work, because after the invigoration of the trip last weekend, I don’t want to wait to get back out there. During distracted, more empty moments in my life I find I always … Continue reading

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TrailLite Designs Bandoleer pack

  Thom Darrah, TrailLite owner, hooked a few BPLers up with prototypes to test. This is mine. Review thread here.

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Testing (testing)

My mission to ski the Nyack-Coal loop failed, but most everything else was a success.  In short, bad snow and improperly broken-in boot liners conspired to make for a slow pace and painful feet, so I turned around.  I still … Continue reading

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3 Photos of 2 packs

Packing for a trip this weekend, and M thought is amusing to see the cavernous North Fork at full extension. Not so huge when cinched down, but huge for an overnight.  Packraft, ski stuff, synthetic insulation.  The plan: Nyack Creek … Continue reading

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Western Montana: A seasonal guide for outdoor recreation

The seasons dictate what we do outside and how we do it.  Outdoor recreation is at it’s best when the intersection of equipment, terrain and weather come together to provide an experience which is aesthetically interesting and spiritually satisfying.  Hauling … Continue reading

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5 great packrafting videos

I’m getting psyched for boating, and right now, these are my favorites.  In no particular order.   I’m really looking forward to getting back into the South Fork valley. The wilderness scale and packraft-friendly terrain would seem to make it … Continue reading

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Pertex Equilibrium vest (and fabric review)

I possess a (what at times seems) ridiculous variety of technical clothing.  Three different hooded shells get used on a regular basis, two different big puffy jackets, three different insulated vests, and a 4′ by 2′ by 8″ rubbermaid bin … Continue reading

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2011: Spring and Summer plans

Lac Superieur. Now that a plane ticket has been purchased, I can present my racing/hard trips plan through the end of summer. April 2: Whitefish Pole-Pedal-Paddle -I plan to ride to the start with skis and packraft, be DFL at … Continue reading

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20 questions

Alrighty, Adam. More summer nostalgia: McCargo Cove, Isle Royale. 1. Your favorite bike? Whichever of the two I’m having really good rides on recently, but haven’t gotten sick of/had mechanical problems with yet. 2. The worst bike you’ve ever owned? … Continue reading

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I wanna ski like Luc

Luc Mehl, of the Selway packraft trip and awesome ski videos, has written an article for BPL disclosing many of the secrets of winning the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic.  One of the better reasons to pay BPL money I’ve … Continue reading

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