The objectivity of vertical gain

Objective data for evaluating hiking and backpacking performance is a useful thing to have.  Day to day and year to year your perception of speed and exertion can change, often significantly, but fast is fast and when heading towards a tough trip confirmation of progress can help formulate realistic expectations. When hiking there are two […]

near flood

There’s a level for every river of any size, when water is getting close to filling the banks but is not yet in flood, when things get weird.  Too much water tries to get downstream too fast, all at the same time, resulting in substantial and unpredictable vertical and horizontal movement within the current.  Whirlpools […]