Monthly Archives: August 2012

South Fork Flathead flow guide

South Fork just below the White River, ~1000 cfs. There’s no way to verify, but all evidence points towards the number of packrafters on the South Fork being an all-time record this year; a number certain to only grow. I’ve … Continue reading

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Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody

The vaunted R1 hoody made lighter. Quite a bit lighter, via an exciting new version of their time-tested fabric. I wrote more over at BPL, and am quite excited to put it to good use.

Posted in Backpacking, Bikes and biking, Climbing, Fly Fishing, Packrafting, Skiing, Tech | 10 Comments

Two Medicine-Dawson Loop

If you’ve gotten your diploma from Dawson-Pitamakan, get your degree from this off-trail sibling to the south. What follows is enough beta to still have an adventure on this fairly moderate, but still strenuous, loop. Almost all photos by M, … Continue reading

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The river that swallows all rivers

The Grand Inga Project is now available.  I can’t say I intend to buy it, but the trailers and snippets are worth watching.   And the article in Kayak Session is worth reading (for free, right now). Very impressive photography. … Continue reading

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Arc’teryx Neutro Visor review

Reviewing a very expensive hat, on a blog.  Doesn’t get more outdorky.  But if you’re not here for that exactly, best move along yesterday. The Neutro in action. I’ve always held the conviction that whomever names Arc’teryx products wanted to … Continue reading

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The Jackson-Norris traverse

Late Friday, on the mile and a half of continuous down from the Sun road to Reynolds camp, I ran into a ranger at dusk. He checked my permit and warned me about some guys coming up not far behind. … Continue reading

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The 2013 BMWO

While eating cookies and watching the sunset at my excellent ridgetop camp this past Saturday, I decided what the Bob Open course will be for next year: Benchmark to Black Bear.  Details are in the tab, above. I’ve thought all along that … Continue reading

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Packing for Glacier

A video unpacking, mid-trip, from my hike this past weekend.  It did not rain.  The only things I forgot were my spoon (whittled a stick) and to charge my camera battery.  Full report soon.  Ask questions below.

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The lazy loop

The idea: hike the Highline to Ahern Pass, drop over Iceberg Notch down the Many Glacier. Stay in a cabin at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, hike over Piegan Pass, maybe hike a peak, take the shuttle back to the car. … Continue reading

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Building a perfect trekking pole

A follow up to this post: I want to make the perfect pole for primarily one-pole hiking.  Priorities (in order) are: durability, stiffness, weight, compactability.  Needs to go up to 54 inches or so for use as a shelter pole … Continue reading

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