The big one

The weekend started out in an ignominious fashion, when I got our car stuck Friday afternoon out at my favorite backwoods target range. Front wheel drive doesn’t do you much good on ice if you back into a downhill pullout. I spent an hour in the dark chipping at the ice with a entrenching tool […]

2013 B&P Holiday Gift guide: A big ridge

Give someone you love a walk along a big, rugged ridge this year. Seeing things is important. If backpacking is too your liking, the recently proposed Wind River High Route looks like a good option. With Alan Dixon and Don Wilson’s extensive beta, including waypoints, the hike seems like a felicitous introduction to off-trail backpacking […]

A Prolegomena to the 2013 Bedrock & Paradox Ideological guide to Holiday Gifts

Don’t buy your loved ones any physical objects in the next six weeks.  If you have regular access to the technology and leisure which reading this requires, you almost certainly have enough stuff to do a great many fun things in the year to come.  So give those you care about the means and inspiration […]


Friday night we ate some fresh deer. The loin had been sitting in the fridge for 48 hours, covered in a dry rub of black pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Sear all sides in a smoking hot cast iron skillet, then finish under the broiler with a dash of dark lager and white vinegar in […]

The only thing worse than missing

I’ve developed a case of hunter’s elbow. The lateral tendons in my left arm are swollen and bitchy from carrying a 6 pound shotgun in cradle for many hours over the last few weeks. When we returned from Utah two weeks ago general season was open, putting an effectively endless selection of areas at my […]