Category Archives: Racing

2017 Bob Open, planning from afar

As things stand today, the family and I will almost certainly be at the start of the 2017 Bob Open, if for no other reason than we rented the (superlatively gorgeous) forest service cabin at the start for the nights … Continue reading

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Upper Level Stream Crossings, updated

A post Philip put up the other day temporarily boosted traffic to this post from 2013, prompting me to give it a re-read.  One of the best things about this website is being able to delve into the past and … Continue reading

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Backpack problems, and answers

In the last few months I’ve had impetus from several directions to hit the reset button on backpacks as completely as possible.  Shake off and re-examine as many assumptions as possible before I put them into practice.  This bag, and … Continue reading

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How my favorite gear will die

In the last six months I seem to be reaching a point where a bunch of my favorite gear, the stuff I love to use and have recommended without reservation, is wearing out.  Given that this process is for most … Continue reading

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My backcountry clothing system

Last night I was as physically shattered as I’d been in almost a year. My eyes felt pushed from their sockets, due to dehydration, by hands were so dry they seemed to stick, with a combination of sandpaper and velcro, … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide, 2nd edition

Disclaimer: Mr. Skurka gave me this copy at a book signing during the winter OR show. First, the rationale behind the obnoxious title must be dealt with.  Skurka’s “ultimate hiker” is one who tailors every aspect of her trip to … Continue reading

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Three trends from 2017 Winter OR

Sasha photobombs Luke’s beer. When I first attended OR last year I expected to hate it, as consumerism and massive groups of strangers are two thing with which I have little patience.  I didn’t, in fact I enjoyed it, and … Continue reading

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2016; 10 photos

The first thing I can remember about 2016 was not sleeping, at least not for more than 90 minutes at a stretch, in early January during Little Bear’s rather spectacular six month sleep regression, which coincidentally or not happened on … Continue reading

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Seek Outside BT2 v. Silvertip

I do not think I could overstate how enjoyable, educational, and flattering the past month at my new job has been.  Enjoyable because the crew at Seek Outside operates with both integrity and joy in equal measure.  Educational because, whatever … Continue reading

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Training for the 2017 Bob Open

The Bob Open is less than six months away.  If you’re thinking about making the trip this is less time than you think, and I’d recommend starting a training plan now if you have not already. (I started this post … Continue reading

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