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MYOG: Winter Splitboarding Day Trip Pack

Written on April 1, 2014 at 14:47, by

I've been on a bit of a pack kick lately and sewed up two new ones in the course of about a month. I shared pictures of my "Franken-ruck" recently but what follows was a previous work. It's a bit more detailed and includes a foam framesheet in a tight-fitting sleeve, a probe/shovel handle/saw pocket,Continue Reading

MYOG: Frameless Franken-ruck

Written on March 21, 2014 at 16:01, by

I built a new ski pack a couple weeks ago (haven’t shared photos or written about it yet) and with my pack building motivation running high I decided to move right into a project I’ve had on my bucket list for a long time. I’ve heavily modified multiple Golite Jam Packs but have always yearnedContinue Reading

My Go To Backpacking Cookset

Written on October 25, 2013 at 07:13, by

Nielson Brown Outdoors did a simple write-up about cookpots a few days ago and it got me to thinking I haven’t really written about what I’ve come to call my “go to” cook set up. There’s nothing special about it, and it’s not the most minimal or the lightest kit out there – but itContinue Reading

EDC for the Bicycle Commuter

Written on December 10, 2012 at 11:30, by

I ride my bicycle to work and for many of my errands year round and as such the potential for a mechanical is always in the back of my mind.  Fortunately a few simple tools are all that are necessary for most repairs.  The other key repair element not pictured is a telephone – becauseContinue Reading

SuperUltraHeavy Winter Trip

Written on March 13, 2012 at 11:07, by

The United States Forest Service has a series of cabins, fire lookouts, and other shelters available for rental at a nominal cost all over the country. In SW Montana there is a LOT of federal land and therefore there are a LOT of these rental cabins. Navigate your way to recreation.gov to see for yourself.Continue Reading

Updating a Classic Piece of Gear

Written on December 12, 2011 at 08:00, by

Now that winter is upon us here in the northern hemisphere those of us who pursue outdoor activities in the cold often turn to a trusty, classic piece of gear for carrying water when the temperatures drop below freezing.  In summer I maintain that a Platypus soft-sided device is hard to beat for weight andContinue Reading

Food for an Overnighter

Written on July 12, 2011 at 21:57, by

I’ve been asked about doing a food-related post a number of times in the past and I’ve decided to make an initial foray into this with a post about overnight trips.  I will probably go into more in-depth food planning for longer trips in the future but for now here goes. I’ve done backpacking tripsContinue Reading

Initial Thoughts – Brooks-Range Mountaineering Cirro Jacket

Written on March 22, 2011 at 11:23, by

Last Sunday afternoon was a prime example of why I have chosen to live in Southwest Montana. The snow has continued to fall every few days in the beautiful mountainsides of our fair ecosystem as is considered normal for March in these parts. The sun rose as usual during the 0700 hour on Sunday morningContinue Reading