Monthly Archives: May 2011

The hardest trip I’ve ever done (yet)

Let me begin at the end.  After catching a wrong turn and finally making it out of Holland Creek canyon, the horse trail contoured around the hillside and dropped into the foothills.  The lake was somewhere off to the right … Continue reading

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Montane Spektr snap judgment

As much as I rail against and lament the popularity of gear content here (and elsewhere), I do like gear a lot. In particular, boldly innovative gear, like the Montane Spektr smock. My medium weighed 210 grams once I cut … Continue reading

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Spot me

As mentioned below, I’m headed into the Bob this weekend.  Spot link. Enjoy the holiday.

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SW Bob Memorial Traverse: A Trip Planning Case Study

So I want to plan a trip for this coming, three day, weekend.  A precious thing, those three days, to be used wisely (hence the above image, which has nothing to do with the conditions I’ll find on my trip). … Continue reading

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Altai Hok: by the numbers

The prototype, test pair of Altai Hoks arrived right as I left for work Friday (I saw the UPS from our alley parking spot, and turned the truck off to go back inside and unbox them).  So I went skiing, … Continue reading

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Thursday roundup

Interval hill, hiking in Herron Park. My new shoes.  Very nice.  Notice the remarkable sight that is my low volume feet not barely filling up the shoes, with most shoes I have the laces cinched almost all the way.  Notice … Continue reading

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Vicarious enjoyment

A few nice things to entertain and inspire. I need them; post-trip blues, mediocre weather, and a slow day at work aren’t making we want to get out of my pajamas very fast. I have no desire to ever directly … Continue reading

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Big Mountain – Apgar traverse

Friday evening I was tired.  On weeks like this past my work does not afford me much mental rest, and I despite plans to the contrary I did not have the wherewithall to pack and get out on the trail … Continue reading

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Yellowstone Winter Use Plan: Comment Now

The Yellowstone draft winter use plan(s) are up online, and the 60 day comment period is open now.  You can read the draft and use the parks electronic comment form here.  As the report itself says, the draft option which … Continue reading

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Whitewater GP

This rather unique event, worth following in spite of the sophmoric, is taking place right now.  The creek TT certainly looks spectacular: I’m inclined to follow Will Gadd and say that real sports are timed, not judged, but the freestyle … Continue reading

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