Monthly Archives: February 2016

Osprey Poco AG snap judgment

We got many quality miles out of wraps, more recently bought an Ergobaby Performance which has been quite satisfactory, and I put a lot of effort into trying to mod an old Kelty kid carrier we got as a free … Continue reading

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Who was Carmen Spinelli?

I’ll never know for certain; but a month ago M bought me her/his old longbow as a birthday gift. The argument for a hunter being able to bowhunt competently is obvious.  In a world where being able to hunt many … Continue reading

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Thrice busted

It is a poorly understood aspect of Wilderness management that any commercial filming requires a permit, and that these permits are almost never granted.  Therefore films like this one, and perhaps this one, however modest they may be in scope … Continue reading

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The feds, the states, and the critters

Since before the Revolutionary War wildlife in the United States has been public property, and for almost as long the oversight of that wildlife has been the purview of the states.  Just as with almost every other issue, from education … Continue reading

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Wind River high

There are several controversies which must be dispensed with before discussing a high backpacking route through the Wind River range.  The first is integrity.  A few years ago Alan Dixon and Don Wilson released a detailed, free, online guide to … Continue reading

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The most important backcountry skill

The above is a screen grab from the latest episode of Meat Eater.  Whats significant here is not the episode itself, which is an excellent one, but what Steve Rinella is doing here.  A few minutes prior he shot a … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Bikes and biking, Climbing, Fly Fishing, Hiking with ropes, Hunting, Packrafting, Racing, Skiing | 5 Comments

The closest I’ve come

This post the other week got me thinking about the fact I’ve never called for or thought about calling for a rescue, on what occasions I’ve been closest to doing so, and what things prevented me from doing so.  The … Continue reading

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Only the big things

Since we returned to Montana in early January, Little Bear has continued sleeping like a 6 month old should, which is to say not for especially long.  M and I are bumping along just fine, but smaller things like household … Continue reading

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Seek Outside Divide 4500 by the numbers

This is generation two of Seek Outside’s backpacking/all purpose pack, the Divide.  Specs on this one are ~4500 cubic inches.  35 inches of unrolled height along the back panel, 32 inches of effective height (shown in first photo, below) with … Continue reading

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Shills and ambassadors

Seek Outside BT2.  Didn’t pay for the mid, and Seek Outside fast-tracked a prototype nest so we didn’t get munched by sandflies last winter.  Such treatment is both a privilege and a burden. Getting free stuff is awesome.  And not primarily because … Continue reading

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