Framed (North Fork pack update)
Over the six months since I posted it my North Fork pack video has been quietly creeping along, steadily accumulating views, and quickly becoming my most viewed video that hasn’t been posted on Jill’s blog. It’s been on day and overnight trips aplenty this winter: skiing, snowshoeing, packrafting and combinations. It carries very well. But…
Even more bikerafting!
It’s what all the cool kids are doing.. Photo of/from Doom. Go there, read, wonder, zoom in on the pics, and learn. Good ideas for that elusive best bike on raft rig, and an excellent route. The new boats look aweseme, and the bigger bow is likely even better for lashing on a bike.
The Junk Show
Tomorrow is the Pole-Pedal-Paddle triathlon up in Whitefish, and I’ve resolved to get full value by riding there and back and hauling all my gear. Speaking of full value, the forecast calls for 40s and 100% chance of precip. It took some thinkering and futzing, but past experience hauling skis and fly rods in the…
TrailLite Designs Bandoleer pack
Thom Darrah, TrailLite owner, hooked a few BPLers up with prototypes to test. This is mine. Review thread here.
My mission to ski the Nyack-Coal loop failed, but most everything else was a success. In short, bad snow and improperly broken-in boot liners conspired to make for a slow pace and painful feet, so I turned around. I still got to see Glacier, covered in snow but fast melting out, which can never been…
3 Photos of 2 packs
Packing for a trip this weekend, and M thought is amusing to see the cavernous North Fork at full extension. Not so huge when cinched down, but huge for an overnight. Packraft, ski stuff, synthetic insulation. The plan: Nyack Creek and Coal Creek in Glacier. Spot link. Should be fun. Some new gear arrived this…
Pertex Equilibrium vest (and fabric review)
I possess a (what at times seems) ridiculous variety of technical clothing. Three different hooded shells get used on a regular basis, two different big puffy jackets, three different insulated vests, and a 4′ by 2′ by 8″ rubbermaid bin which is mostly full of various base layers shirt and bottoms. Yet with the exception…
The UN 72 of ski bindings. Above is a Voile Mountaineer with minimal miles. Whereas this binding (on my Guides) has many miles on it, and it shows. Still fully functional. This binding is on my first pair of Marquettes. Obviously of an older vintage, I got it used for a song at a ski…
Tiny cuben drysack
The smallest of MLDs cuben ditty bags. Seam sealed, with the cord removed and the buckle glued on. Made for holding the most basic of fire starting and repair gear in the pocket of my PFD or coat, should I become separated from my packraft and/or pack. The bulk of the webbing may make the…
Emm Ell Dee!!
Silnylon Simple Poncho. Stealth olive brown. Large. Batman. I’ll probably use it more as a tarp than as a poncho, but an Epic shell and poncho approach to rain gear will be worth trying, too. One more awesome thing, only the hood needs to be seam sealed, as there are no other seams!
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