Last fall I’d taken off for a day-long ramble through the Rattlesnake, starting from my house by the university and finishing at the main Rattlesnake TH. Even though I got turned around by deeper snow than expected, I had a pretty stellar day and covered 50 miles without seeing another person all day. It kind … Continue reading Rattlesnake Wilderness circumnavigation
Quick warning — this is a long write-up. Some may like all the detail, some won’t. Skip to the bottom if you just want to read the more technical details of route splits / nutrition / gear choices. Cheers. In 2016 I set off with my friends Cody Lind and Brittany Peterson to take a … Continue reading Montana Highpoints (Beartooth 27)
You pick your way off the summit, moving cautiously yet quickly among the jumbled boulders. The line down this ridgeline looked logical enough from two thousand feet below, but things are never as clear when you actually get in the thick of it. The rocks are bigger than you, and covered with lichen; as old … Continue reading Ruminating on injuries, health, and the mountains that connect them
Three weeks ago I got to run across Zion National Park. After weather forced me to cancel the main goal for the summer, I was desperate to find something I could test myself on and see where months of training had gotten me. With a week’s worth of planning and an overflowing car I drove … Continue reading The Double Zion traverse, or what you can learn from a failed plan C.
Today is National Public Lands Day, so here are a few thoughts on the value of public lands. But first, a short story to set the stage. “You’re going too fast!” “Excuse me?” “You’re going too fast and missing out on all the scenery. You should slow down.” “I…umm…have a nice day.” That was a … Continue reading What public lands give us
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August 19-21, 2016: Taking a shot at the second-fastest known time for climbing all nine of Idaho’s 12,000+ foot peaks. This particular challenge began six years ago, in 2010, while I was working for Idaho Wilderness Company as a rafting guide on the Middle Fork of the Salmon river. I was a relative newcomer, and eager to … Continue reading Idaho 12ers
Some days in the mountains are just plain more fun than others. Sometimes poor planning comes back to bite you in the ass, sometimes it makes the adventure even better. Thankfully this weekend was the latter. I’d never been to the Beartooths before, but everything I’d heard about the Beaten Path was that it was stellar. … Continue reading The Beaten Path