Monthly Archives: August 2011

16 hours

TrailLite Designs, modified.  Those tires have been good to us, too. Sometimes you just have to get out.  To make it happen.  As I was driving home early this morning local NPR was telling me about a winter weather warning … Continue reading

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TrailLite Designs Ebira review (and some extras)

Quite a few months ago, Thom Darrah at TrailLite Designs sent me this, free and unsolicited, to review.  Fishing season has taken quite a while to get going, but the last few weeks have been exceptional and my Ebira has … Continue reading

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A Northern Traverse

Funny looks: Nansen, Kate, me, M. My family has been in town this week, and with mom’s knee making backpacking out of her picture, it was up us kids to see Glacier in prime summer.  Permits are hard to come … Continue reading

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I am a lazy fly fisher. I like to fish when it’s easy, during the low and clear water of high summer and early fall. Those conditions have taken far longer than usual to arrive this summer, but in the … Continue reading

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TR contest update

First two entries in the contest are in, and they’ve already set the bar high. Dan Ransom did some hiking, and took some superlative photos, in the Uintas. (Only major range in the lower 48 which runs W-E.) Josh Spice, … Continue reading

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The Future of Youtube

Not Youtube generally, but the corner of it in which I am most interested: first-person-made outdoor adventure videos.  They’ve revolutionized the outdoor industry.  Before, video of any quality at all required big gear, and this big teams and big money.  … Continue reading

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Dayhiking Debauchery

As I noted last weekend, I’m just not psyched to suffer yet. I had every intention of skipping the 25 dollar boat ride and walking the 8 miles of trail to Waterton town yesterday, but a measly 23 miles was … Continue reading

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Summer Trip Report contest

M photo. Summer is in full swing here in the northern Rockies.  We haven’t had a day not in the upper 70s or higher for weeks, which means that summer is almost over.  Last year we got snowed on two … Continue reading

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LaSportiva X Country v. Crossleather

Shoes, my unending obsession.  M and I have an ongoing debate over who is more discerning, her and her heels or me and my trail runners.  I obviously think the labor of 30+ mile days dwarfs bizarre fashion artifacts, however … Continue reading

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Quiet secrets

Pre-park artifact in Glacier NP. I was all set to go down the South Fork of the Flathead this (for me 3-day) weekend.  Hiking, boating, fly fishing, and in sharp contrast to last year, warm weather.  Work got done last … Continue reading

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