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Five years worth of maps from trips in the Wind River Range, conveniently within arm's reach of my desk.

An unnecessary explanation for silence

For about the last month I’ve mostly checked out of my blog and social media channels, a contrast from months prior. I’ve been busier than normal, but projects behind the scenes are consuming all of my time. Partly to procrastinate before having to work on these things again, I’ll offer an unnecessary explanation for my silence. […]

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My most popular & favorite posts of 2015

To close out 2015, I’d like to share my most popular posts. My method in creating the list was only partially scientific — I started with total page views for 2015 in Google Analytics, and then I loosely accounted for publishing dates, since posts released earlier in the year have had more time to be viewed than those released […]

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A third-place smooch at 8:15 AM after racing (and crewing) for the previous 20 hours, through the night

Getting after it again: 2015 Year in Review

Fifteen months ago, my bitterness reached its peak. The cause was obvious: for four consecutive years, starting with 2011, I had worked too much and adventured too little. Essentially, I had stopped being me. During the first two years, I wasn’t bothered. My work — mostly guiding, speaking, and writing — was novel and challenging, […]

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Hot & Heavy Stove System

Gear List || 3-Season Stoves || System 3: Hot & Heavy

This is the fourth of a 4-part series about my time-tested backpacking stoves for 3-season conditions. To start from the beginning, read the Introduction.  With a few tweaks, my favorite solo backpacking stove system, The Cadillac, is a viable 2-person setup. But it’s a good solution only for those who are highly weight-conscious and/or who have unreliable access to pressurized […]

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The Cadillac Stove System

Gear List || 3-Season Stoves || System 2: The Cadillac

This is the third of a 4-part series about my trail-tested backpacking stoves for 3-season conditions. Read the Introduction to start from the beginning. Between 2006 and April 2015, I made over one-thousand meals and hot drinks with The Dirtbag. Clearly, that system works. But it’s also imperfect. I was particularly tired of its poor performance in non-calm air; its […]

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The first 40k and last 15k are smothered in volcanic ash, which has the consistency of sand. It saps push-off power and fills shoes.

An unofficial Racer’s Guide to Vulcano Ultra Trail

This is my final post about Vulcano Ultra Trail. I’ve already written a race report and created a travel guide. In this post, I’d like to share more details about the race. Do I recommend Vulcano Ultra Trail? Not every ultra marathon matches the interests, skills, and strengths of every runner. For example, pure runners who dabble […]

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