Monthly Archives: October 2012

Western MT boater alert!

Exceptional conditions have provided the western Montana boater with an extraordinary, perhaps even unique opportunity which will pass quickly. Spend your time this weekend carefully. McDonald Creek in Glacier is the biggest drainage originating entirely within the west side of … Continue reading

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Mike, bite me

To continue the theme of last week’s post; when you’re ~50 straight line miles south of Canada and it is raining at 6000′ on the last day of October, things like this are hard to bear. Well done gents. Everyone, … Continue reading

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That season

After the snowpack begins accumulating in the mountain, but before it stops raining in earnest; this is the off-season. It’s hard to decide on what to do outside, but easy to see why things are so empty: you can’t spend … Continue reading

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Read this blog: Out Living

There aren’t too many things which get me thinking that living up here in the Crown of the Continent is misguided and dumb. Brendan Swihart’s recent loop in Arches is one of them. Photo by Mr. Swihart. His whole blog … Continue reading

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Identity politics as such

Or; now that I’ve got everyone’s attention it is time to loose it. My recent post has everyone thinking.  Good, though not too good because too many are agreeing with me.  So I’ll expand on a particular pivot in that … Continue reading

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Pimp your ‘Mid

As mentioned in my introductory post, some modifications were in order for the Megalight. Yes, you can buy one with these, but it can be more illustrative to roll your own. First up, mid panel reinforced guylines.  In the grand … Continue reading

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Slow is Fast: Follow-up

It started slowly, rustiness in my knees getting off the bike this morning, which I put off easily. Occasional squeaks and creaks continued hiking up the big climb, but that is strain of the type I’ve avoided of late, and … Continue reading

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Slow is Fast: How I got fat in 2012

Back in June I discovered what the theme of 2012 would be, and wrote “The modern delusion, fostered by vehicular transport and synchronized schedules, that all hours and days are equal is easily done away with.  That the particulars of … Continue reading

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Ultralight is dead

“To me, whoever would go backpacking with a hundred pounds of lightweight equipment is missing some of these things and consequently a good deal of the primordial experience.” –Backpacker, 1974 There is a futility to contemporary ultralight backpacking which I’ve … Continue reading

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This evening, while out for a stroll, two mountain bikers passed going the other way. Decked out in the obligatory Whitefish Hammer kits, they were of course talking about Lance. A cultural phenomenon which needs no last name. USADA’s Reasoned … Continue reading

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