Gear List — Backcountry Nordic Ski Touring

My backcountry Nordic touring ski setup excels on ungroomed or unbroken trails through rolling terrain. I used this type of setup during my Alaska-Yukon Expedition (see the video above), and it’s my preferred rig for ski trips in Colorado. It does fine on the flats, but cross-country skis are lighter and will track and glide better. […]

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Lessons learned in Big Bend National Park’s Mesa de Anguila

Editor’s Note. Russell has been on two of my guided backpacking trips, and in April will join a third. He considers himself an “advanced beginner” backpacker, getting out a few times per year on trips of 2-4 days each. In mid-December I did a short trek with my wife and two sons at our favorite […]

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Winter backpacking revolution: the 10th Mountain Division Huts

Within minutes of entering Skinner Hut, I knew that the 10th Mountain Division Huts would revolutionize my winter recreation. Outside, it was nearly dark (at 4:30 pm!) and lightly snowing; temperatures were in the teens. But inside, my friend Dave and I had all the amenities of a home: solar-powered lights, gas-burning ranges, two wood-burning […]

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The deepest and most talented TNF50 field ever?

The starting line of last weekend’s The North Face 50 Mile Championship was a who’s-who of the ultra running scene, primarily domestic but with some international flavor, too. Some of the faces I knew from Boulder or past industry events like Galen Burrell, Sage Canady, Dave Mackey, and Jorge Maravilla. But others I knew only […]

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TNF 50 Mile Race Report: Reflections on pacing, nutrition, training, and a lot more

It almost certainly will not be another four years until I race again. But overtime my recollection of The North Face 50 Mile Championship will change: I’ll forget the finer details, and my reflections will be influenced by future developments and conversations. So my race report is meant to be as instructive to me as […]

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Gear List — The North Face 50 Mile Championship

The North Face 50 Mile Championship is now just three days away. I began thinking about the clothing, footwear, and equipment that I would use months ago, giving me ample time to obtain, test, and familiarize myself with different options during my ultra running training. And now that I have a good sense for race […]

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Reminder: Reddit “Ask Me Anything” tonight at 6 pm MST

A quick reminder about tonight’s AMA at 6pm MST (8pm EST, 7pm CST, 5pm PST). Here is the thread. Please tune in and participate. If you do not have one already, you will need a Reddit account to submit questions. // ShareFacebookEmailPrint

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Pace charts for TNF 50. And how everyone starts too fast.

The two weeks before a big race can be challenging in the enforced inactivity. Between mid-October and mid-November I ran about 14 hours per week on average, but during my taper for The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship this weekend I’m running less than half that, creating a lot of free time. However, I have found it […]

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Metabolic Efficiency Testing: Explanation and motivations

Tomorrow I am having tested my “metabolic efficiency” by Dina Griffin of eNRG Performance in Denver. In this post I will explain the concept and its relevance for backpackers and runners. In a second post, I’ll share my results. What is Metabolic Efficiency? Our bodies rely primarily on two sources of energy: Carbohydrates Fat Carbohydrates are most quickly […]

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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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