Mounting problems

My first rule of skiing is that my gear has to do a lot of things, in the backcountry.  I don’t go outside to be around people, and recent events have confirmed that for me serious ski mountaineering is simply too dangerous.  Therefore I’ll inevitably be drawn to longer, moderate, backpacking-type routes that feature plenty […]

Getting what you paid

This is how an obsession starts, refinement of a tool whose elegance is only matched by its ubiquity, and the unessentialness of special details.  The appeal of knives is easy to grasp, and so too is the dizzying extent to which in the internet age they’ve been fetishized into almost nonexistence.  Nothing speaks to the […]

4 days with slime

I don’t expect anyone to believe me. The butte spilled at a right angle, diving from flatness into finger ridges then flowing into mud that twisted leisurely out to the lake, several miles away.  Careful belly crawling that put half my face over the edge told me that the sheep had in fact bedded, and […]