Monthly Archives: June 2016

Closure options for large packs

A good, simple, light closure for a big (top circumference in excess of 40 inches) pack is somewhat difficult to do well.  Volume in a big pack can fluctuate significantly, and pack height above the frame needs to be controlled … Continue reading

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11 months

The skiing this Satuday was almost certain to be terrible.  Temperatures barely below freezing make for wet, sticky, slow snow; and poor visibility removes the other element which might compensate with appeal.  I had promised myself that if Little Bear … Continue reading

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At the lake

While backpacking with the baby has been an unqualified if strenuous success, we’ve been avoiding it at home.  For 11 months now.  M has bearanoia far greater than mine, but it took me a while to square the burden of … Continue reading

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BD Alpine Carbon Cork 2013 v. 2016

The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles have been the rugged hiking pole of reference for quite some time.  They are lightish (~8 oz per pole), stiff, very durable, and quite compact.  They are what I recommend to those … Continue reading

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One trip in the Bob

Just what it says; if you’re a reasonably experienced backpacker and/or packrafter, and want to do one trip in the Bob Marshall, the following are my current recommendations.  One suggestion each, for hiking and packrafting.  Good loops are possible, especially … Continue reading

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2016 Bob Open analysis

18 folks started the Bob Open this year, a new record.  Near as I can tell, 12 finished.  As has been the case in the past, most of the chat has been over at BPL, but posting there now requires … Continue reading

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Rab Novak

For several years now I’ve been looking for an ideal fleece insulating layer, with only modest success.  This layer should be warm enough for stand-alone use in many three-season conditions, as light as possible, have minimal to no lycra in … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Bikes and biking, Hiking with ropes, Hunting, MYOG, Packrafting, Racing, Skiing, Tech | 5 Comments

Crown Packrafting guide: the next version

The Crown of the Continent Packrafting Guide has existed here, quiet and free to all, for a number of years.  It began as a list of waterways I thought might be good for floating, and as the seasons have rolled … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Fly Fishing, Packrafting | 6 Comments

LaSportiva Bushido review

Never have I bought a pair of shoes with such low expectations, that over a year later ended up being so close to perfect. I purchased the Bushidos, last minute and at full retail, way back in January of 2015, … Continue reading

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Small water rafting

Based on my extensive experience locally, and more limited experience elsewhere, in the wilderness there are a lot of waterways which have more than enough to packraft, but not enough water to be consistently free of wood.  In a place … Continue reading

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