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Reddit “Ask Me Anything” event: December 3 at 6 pm MST

I’ll be hosting an Ask Me Anything event on Reddit — December 3rd at 6pm. Questions about gear, skills, trails & locations, lifestyle, and future plans will probably be the most common, but ultimately it’s driven by those who tune in, so please do! The thread will be located here: http://www.reddit.com/r/WildernessBackpacking/ You’ll need a Reddit account to participate, […]

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7 hours, 20 minutes: a realistic goal for 50 miles based on training runs?

Before every high school cross-country and track meet, my coach Frank Mooney gave each runner an index card with a goal time and suggested splits written on it. A goal time was meant to be challenging but within reach on a good day, and the suggested splits helped us stay on track through the start, […]

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MYOG: Bipod shooting sticks for hunting using trekking poles

Background I never go on a serious hike without trekking poles. With them, my arms can help propel me forward and upward, and brake on descents, rather than my legs bearing all of the load. Also, poles give me extra stability on rocky, rooty, sandy, muddy, icy, and snowy ground. Needless to say, my backpack […]

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Top tips: Efficient backpacking trip planning, preparing, & packing

The first year I offered guided backpacking trips and courses in 2011, preparations for them were disastrously inefficient. My systems were nicely refined for solo thru-hikes, but I learned that groups of up to 10 clients for 3, 5, or 7 days at a time entail much more: more logistics, more food, more group equipment, […]

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How I’m training for a 50-mile ultra marathon trail race

Six weeks from this Saturday, I’m racing The North Face Endurance Challenge GORE-TEX 50-Mile in California’s stunning Marin Headlands. I ran this same race in 2010, a few months after the Alaska-Yukon Expedition, and it will be my first ultra marathon since. With $30,000 in prize money for the top 3 male and female finishers, this […]

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Elk 1, Skurka 0: Lessons Learned and Relearned

What lessons did I learn and relearn on my Colorado elk hunt last week? Here are the big three: 1. In order to shoot them, you must find them It’s called “hunting” for a reason — it’s not as simple as just shooting and processing. While many hunters have filled their tags on the first […]

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Trip Report: First Season Elk “Hunt,” if I dare call it that

I returned to Boulder on Sunday evening, a mere 48 hours after leaving for my long-awaited and much talked about Colorado elk hunt, and still with 3 days left to go in the season. Ouch. I’m fine, just emotionally deflated. More on that later. Here, I’ll just recap the events. Pre-Season On Friday evening Noel […]

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Backpack Hunt Gear List — Colorado Big Game — Early-Fall

Introduction Before scrolling any further down this page, first read prefacing remarks about my gear lists. In mid-October I’ll return to GMU 371 in Colorado’s Gore Range for the First Rifle elk season. Other hunters would describe me as a “backpack hunter,” in that I’m entirely self-sufficient and have a mobile camp; I don’t day-hike out of […]

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Three mistakes on the Wind River Range High Route, Attempt #1

Last week I was in Wyoming’s Wind River Range with Buzz Burrell and Peter Bakwin, trying to complete a route that we’ve been eyeing for years and plotting for months. In short, we failed, due to an oversight in our gear selection and route planning. Perhaps inspired by the increasingly popular Sierra High Route, there […]

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How to contribute to the search for Cody Roman Dial, son of legendary Alaskan Roman Dial

Cody Roman Dial, the 27-year-old son of legendary Alaskan wilderness adventurer Roman Dial, has been missing for several weeks in Costa Rica. Roman is down there now to help with the search, while Peggy, Roman’s wife and Cody’s mother, helps to coordinate things from Anchorage. Details about the progress of the search are limited, as you might […]

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