The Belly has no Roof

Just back from a rather challenging wolverine research trip.  The east (Atlantic, though much of it drains into the Hudson) side of Glacier never fails to impress with how distinct it is when compared to the Pacific side where by fact of convenience I spend most of my time.  Drier and higher, with sparser vegetation […]

The Entire Enchilada

I’ve you’ve never been to Utah, and do something other than go canyoneering, you should probably do this: Make sure you’re a solid technical rider, or you will loose teeth.  Seeing this video (not mine) brought back good memories of an extended trip, climbing up from town to do that descent, back in 2007.

How miles grow

This time last week I was embroiled in internet discussions, trying without success to convince people to think outside the visitation box of American summer in the national parks, entreating them to embrace winter.  Because cold and snow aren’t so bad.  And we should go into the wilderness not just on terms friendliest to us. […]

Glacier, circa 1933

Last night, in a patrol cabin in the Glacier backcountry, I was rustling through the media drawer, mostly decade-old magazines, hanta virus info, the log book, and decks of cards, when I found something magic. A very old map of Glacier, still just barely in one piece. We were enthralled at all the changes which […]

Thermomolding for Distance

Thermomoldable ski boot liners are really cool.  They’ve yet to make it into many/any boots designed for touring (horizontal miles, rather than vertical), but they should.  They’re warm, act as a vapor barrier and don’t absorb much moisture, and with care and proper technique can be impressively flexible as regards fit, both for a variety […]