Monthly Archives: July 2012

Daiwa Soyokaze 27: putting the tenkara back in tenkara

It is said that the normal progression of a fly fisherman is to go from wanting to catch any fish, to wanting to catch lots of fish, to wanting to catch big fish, to wanting to catch big, challenging, hard … Continue reading

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The evolutionary bike company

While I’ve always liked riding bikes, since I began paying attention 7 or 8 years ago I’ve never been especially fond on the industry which produces them. Outdoor “sports” are generally more prone than your average cultural entity to zenophobic … Continue reading

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Communities of the mind

Aka, another northern traverse. Bowman-Browns-Goat-Stoney-Belly-Chief Mountain. Similar to and as good as the route from last year. If you want more beta on the park, my BPL trip guide was just published.  ($$ required.) Bowman Lake; yawn. Danni had invited … Continue reading

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Congrats to Matt

Matt Vogt, whose detailed and photo-rich account of a challenging and rarely done trip ran away with the June TR contest. Well done Matt. Contact me with your address so a pack can get on its way to Arizona. There … Continue reading

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The Journey Continues: 2012 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

My Classic in five words: I got scared and bailed. Explanation below. Roman Dial turns back from an attempt at fording an unnamed glacial creek in the upper Tasnuna drainage.  The Tasnuna itself cuts left to right against the cliffs … Continue reading

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June trip report contest voting

Making a selection this time was even harder than last autumn. A truly excellent crop of reports. In the end I picked three, all of which happened in places with which I have very fond associations. I visited the Trinity, … Continue reading

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Classic carnage

“I killed the classic.” -Luc Mehl “Yeah, but I don’t know what we achieved.” -Josh Mumm, in response to my congratulations on a “fine achievement” Luc was speaking, the other day after his finish in McCarthy, not about the latest … Continue reading

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The psychological taper

Enter the trip report contest, and win a rad pack! Seriously, my indifferent promotion of this has resulted in a very low number of entries thus far, so your odds are good. I get on a plane for Alaska, and … Continue reading

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Packrafting Glacier National Park: A Guidebook

Here it is, the Glacier packrafting guidebook.  There are some choice tidbits from the Bob Marshall as well. Packrafting Glacier

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