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Snow lodge

Made old faithful in the ultimate 18 mile slog over a mountain. Hearing wolves in the morning then getting closer at my back tonite was priceless if not scary. The reported grizzly around here is much more ...

The west thumb hut

The warm part of west thumb hut! ...

Forging on

I spent the entire day at West Thumb recouping and looking around. Fingers are quite bloody from the cracks which is no fun. That is defintely one thing I got to solve otherwise I’m Gonna be toast. I& ...

In west thumb

Having a good and educational time in Yellowstone. Had my first equipment loss – the precious cereal bowl. It seconded as the scoop for making water. I didn’t pack the bowl in its usual place in a ...

Into the snow

Ah yes. You forget what cold is when living in Carlsbad. You get to Wyoming and get a blast of fresh mountain cold air. Doing a sled and ski test tomorrow before striking out. ...

Preparing rations

In order to ensure that I have enough calories for a trip, everything is weighed out. I ding want to drag a 300lb sled on half rations. That’s a great way to be miserable. ...

Smoothing out the towing

After training for several months for an expedition to Yellowstone, I’ve been searching  around for how others have changed the shock of dragging a tire or a sled.  As the rope pulls taught, the lower ...

Grivel’s brilliant fit

Instead of caring a second set of mountaineering boots, the guys at Mountain Gear in Spokane, WA, had a brilliant idea. “There’s a good chance that the cramp-o-matic style of crampon binding will ...

Sled comparison

The Paris sled: 4.9 pounds for 3975 cubic inches The Wilderness Engineering sled 7.7 pounds for 4218 cubic inches And the clear winner is… ...

Value of the workout log

The workout log has again proven its value. After finishing the 1:20 towing session, I loaded in my pedometer data to see where I am in terms of performance.  It looks like I’m reaching a plateau in ...

Best time yet

My short route time is still getting better.  It’s good but it tells me that I’m not at peak performance ability.  I was able to crank out the 1.4 miles in 26 minutes.  3.2 miles per hour.  My ...

Field updates

I’ve been working on updating my website for a few with some serious help.  One thing I’ve been trying to do is embed a map of my current position.  This has been a little more challenging, as it ...