Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pack mods and rain pants

12 months ago I owned no waterproof pants. The Classic last year made me a believer when it showed just how much heat can be lost through soaked legs. Today I have two sets of rain pants, each meant for … Continue reading

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The pass at the pass

The cliche of like two ships passing in the night is itself easy to unjustly pass over, until you’ve been awake on a ship in the middle of a calm night, watching another well-lit island of humanity go the opposite … Continue reading

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Red Eagle Creek

When and if Glacier becomes a packrafting destination, Red Eagle Creek will be very popular during late spring and early summer.  After the the previous two years’ explorations, I came into this summer with a two-tiered list of rivers and … Continue reading

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Upper McDonald Creek

A Glacier packrafting classic for those few people tracking such things: McDonald Creek from just below Longfellow to Mineral (where the seasonal floating ban takes effect).  Great, consistent action, not too severe, and as of today only one river wide … Continue reading

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Absurd consequence

If there are many, they must be as many as they are and neither more nor less than that. But if they are as many as they are, they would be limited. If there are many, things that are are … Continue reading

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June trip report contest (!)

Summer, whatever that may mean in your particular locale, is right around the corner. Here in NW Montana the rain has stopped, for the moment, the sun is shining and the rivers are running high. Snow is melting and the … Continue reading

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The 610 pack

All packs must have a name so I can keep them straight, and DX-40 was so cool and the race pack was too big for day trips and I can never have enough packs. 29 inches tall, 9 inches wide … Continue reading

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Adventure round-up

First, Luc et al. continue to raise the bar on fair means (human powered, self-supported) expeditions by skiing, hiking, and packrafting from Yakutat to McCarthy, climbing Mount Logan along the way.  21st century style, 18th century sensibility. Second, Joery’s trip … Continue reading

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Go anyway

Logging Lake, just after the snow turned back into rain. The weekend’s forecast was bleak, but the best answer was and always is to go anyway.  Even under less than ideal circumstances and if the trip gets cut short, you’re … Continue reading

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Bob Marshall Wilderness Open: 2012 official unofficial report

Compiled and written by Dave Chenault For a comprehensive set of links to trip narratives, please see below. This report is available on Google, as well. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Open (BMWO) was devised as a test of wilderness savvy, … Continue reading

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