Category Archives: Racing

Backcountry footwear for the other 3 seasons; revised

This post, written back when B&P was new to wordpress and to me being more serious about content, has endured as one of my most read.  Save a few updates about specific gear, and some more evolved thoughts about foot … Continue reading

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MSR Windburner review

The executive summary is pretty basic on this one: the MSR Windburner replicates and exceeds the fuel efficiency, wind resistance, and convenience of the category-defining Jetboil while offering vastly improved build quality.  Or, more crudely, it’s an actually wind resistant … Continue reading

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Seek Outside Unaweep Divide review

Disclaimer: no way around it, I’m biased as hell about this pack.  Seek Outside gave it to me for free, and it is based in small part on feedback I gave on previous Seek Outside packs.  Beyond that, I like … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Climbing, Hiking with ropes, Hunting, MYOG, Packrafting, Racing, Skiing, Tech | 11 Comments

Concerning broification

Broification: a trend in outdoor adventure sports/activities, which results in an increase in the perceived average level of mastery within a given pursuit, thus dissuading novices from pursuing any nascent interest. If you don’t already read Hansi Johnson’s Universal Klister … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Bikes and biking, Climbing, Cultural critique, Fly Fishing, Hiking with ropes, Packrafting, Racing, Skiing | 8 Comments

2015 Alpacka Yukon Yak review

A year ago exactly I had a very good week; at the beginning of it I won a new raft at the Packraft Roundup, at the end of it Little Bear was born.  After a year of intermittent use I’ve … Continue reading

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Bear aware, maybe

Last week a Forest Service law enforcement officer, Flathead native, and longtime recreator in bear country was killed by a bear near West Glacier.  According to rumor, and the local paper,  the bear was probably a Grizzly, and the gentleman … Continue reading

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How to aquaseal your trail shoes

Adding aquaseal to one’s trail shoes should be standard practice to maximize useful life, otherwise known as trying to keep the upper hole-free until the tread is worn down to nothing.  If you walk in rough terrain, and especially if … 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

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The 2016 Bob Open: all about me

The Bob Open started undefined years ago, at whatever time in the early to mid oughts I first heard about the Wilderness Classic.  That skillset was far enough away that I couldn’t really identify how to get from where I … Continue reading

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