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What have you done?

I had the opportunity to speak with an executive at National Geographic for a few moments at an expedition presentation at University of California, San Diego.  There was a short time to talk to him and I ...

Getting good sleep. ZZZzzz….

Does lack of sleep have an impact on your body?  Absolutely!  It seems obvious but when you’re just getting ready for work, you might not notice compared to working out heavily.  As was this morning ...

How fast can YOU skateboard?

There are some extreme sports and people call what I do extreme in a sense. Even though the sport below isn’t mine, I completely appreciate the filming, effort and all the pain they went through to get ...

Training log holes

At first, I poo-poo’d the idea of keeping a training log.  I thought I was working out pretty well and certainly every day.  But, as I’m serious about what I’m doing, keeping a log seemed ...

The ultimate pen?

This is the ultimate pen.  There have been many others but there can only be One.  This is it.  Of the few I’ve used, the M4B Military Version is my favorite edition.  It has served me for years in ...

Golden Trout CWGT Elevation profile

Based on the times and distances I was posting during my 5 day backpack through the Golden Trout Wilderness, I had the feeling that the distance measurements described in the book were shorter than what I was ...

Finally at half marathon range

I have finally achieved half marathon range with my Five Finger shoes. It’s taken a long, long time. Today was within spitting distance of that elusive 13.1 miles. At 2 hours in, I started to cramp up, ...

Self in GTW

The Golden Trout Wilderness was one of the toughest backpacks I’ve been on in the world.  It was certainly the most difficult I’ve been on in the Sierras, hands down.  The landscape was varied and ...

Good training ride

Did a good 28 mile training bike ride through Temecula and Murrieta this weekend. Did end up slogging through the first part, as I had a power breakfast but not lighter sugars in it. I didn’t bonk but ...

Preparing for 80 miles in the wilderness

I’m collecting information, gearing up, getting permits and getting ready to do the Central Wilderness Grand Tour in the Golden Trout Wilderness in CA. The book Hiking the Golden Trout Wilderness has a ...

Tyre dragging vs the chain

After tearing through 3/16 chain in a half hour, I decided I needed to step it up with a much heavier chain.  For this 40 minute session, I dropped by Home Depot this morning and purchased some beefy chain. ...

Rossignol BC 90 Positrack Backcountry Skis Review

The Rossignol BC-90 Positrack Backcounty skis ended up being a great ski for me on my second expedition across Yellowstone in January 2011. In Jan 2010, I had the 189 skis with no skins and could not tow my ...