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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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Register immediately for 7-day High Sierra Adventure trip — a single coveted spot just opened

July 26 Update. This spot has been filled. If you are interested in a 2015 trip, make sure to submit your information so that you receive email updates about the trip and registration schedule. Also, don’t hesitate to register when it goes live — my trips fill very fast, if not immediately. I am looking […]

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When roles as outdoor adventurer and pet parent meet: Petco summer adventure campaign

I’ve grown up a lot since a female hiking partner charged in 2006 that, “With your lifestyle you can’t even take care of a houseplant.” I was proud to be guilty as charged: I was 25 years-old and since college graduation 2.5 years earlier I had slept more nights on the ground than in a […]

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Nearly sold out: just 1 spot left on 2014 guided trips

Update, 9:30 am MDT. The spot has been filled. Additional registrations will be placed on the waitlist; it would not surprise me to have another cancellation over the next two months. I thought I’d sold out my remaining 2014 trips on Friday, when there were three registrations for the remaining two spots, but on Saturday […]

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Alaska, on a scale of its own

Earlier this winter I was awestruck by the enormous avalanche near Valdez, Alaska, that covered the highway with 40 feet of debris and blocked up the Lowe River, creating a lake upstream. I saw another similar story yesterday, courtesy of the Yale’s environment360 blog. Recent images from a NASA Landsat satellite showed a landslide in […]

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Registration now open for 2014 trips!

January 20 Update Registrations have been coming through all weekend, and several trips actually already have more registrations than there are spots. Please proceed with registering for you first-choice trip, as all registrations received through the end of the day will be considered equally to those received earlier. (First-come, first-serve starts tomorrow.) However, if you […]

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Registration now open for select guided trips

Earlier this morning I opened registration for three select guides trips: Backpacking Fundamentals — Feb 14-16 — West Texas Backpacking Fundamentals — Feb 17-19 — West Texas Winter Backpacking — Feb 28 – Mar 1 — Colorado The West Texas trips are conveniently scheduled over Presidents Day weekend, which should ease the long drive from […]

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Registration schedule, policies, and tips for 2014 guided trips

The amount of interest in my guided trips is flattering, and beyond what I ever expected. It’s also problematic since I can’t offer enough supply to match the demand — at least not without putting excessive strain on my marriage, never again doing another personal trip, raising prices significantly, or outsourcing the guiding of my […]

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Thoughts and conclusions about ski shopping for Amanda

Shh, Amanda is getting a new alpine touring ski setup for Christmas. While I’ll have to pick up the tab, it’s a win for me, too: If my wife can now backcountry ski, I’ll get to backcountry ski more. Ski shopping is a good excuse to create another spreadsheet — it’s useful to compile and […]

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