August 27, 2010 "You are not an Emergency" Hiking

“You are not an Emergency”

“Howdy neighbor,” were the first words he said to me. I’ll call him Mr. M, and he and his young son were staying in the Curry Village tent cabin next to mine. Mr. M had a wry, slightly ironic Old World demeanor—maybe Slavic, maybe Baltic. Good neighbor material, I thought. And as a fellow father, (more...)...

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August 26, 2010 MSR Carbon Reflex Tent Gear

MSR Carbon Reflex Tent

At a published weight of two pounds, thirteen ounces, MSR’s ‘hyperlight’ Carbon Reflex 2-man tent sounds perhaps a little too good to be true. The Carbon Reflex employs a mostly traditional, tent-plus-fly double wall design at a weight typically reserved for single wall or solo shelters. If three pounds sounds too heavy, pitch the Carbon (more...)...

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August 19, 2010 Skiing

$99 Baldy Passes Return

In the unlikely event that Mt Baldy Ski Area hasn’t already flooded your inbox with announcements, I feel obligated to post notice that the Chamber of Commerce Virtual Passes are on sale again for the upcoming 2010-2011 ski season, now priced at $99. These work just like a regular season pass, except they’re subject to (more...)...

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August 17, 2010 Injinji ToeSocks Gear

Injinji ToeSocks

What the heck is this all about? That’s about what I thought when I first saw Injinji’s “ToeSocks”—socks with individually-fitted toes for your…toes. Injinji makes the intriging point that traditional tube socks are like mittens, forcing your toes to act as one unit, rather than individually. But do Injinjis offer a real performance advantage or (more...)...

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August 15, 2010 The South Kaibab-Bright Angel Loop Hiking

The South Kaibab-Bright Angel Loop

It is only natural, standing atop Grand Canyon, to gaze into the depths below the rim and wonder if it’s possible to hike all the way down to the river and back in a single day. Hiking rim-to-river offers the ultimate Grand Canyon experience—a ‘trip through time’ traversing twelve distinct geologic formations. Attempting the entire (more...)...

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August 1, 2010 Skiing Meteor Crater? Musings

Skiing Meteor Crater?

You have to feel like you’re on the right track as a parent when you visit Arizona’s Meteor Crater, and your three-year-old boy takes one look and asks if he can ski it. The answer to that question is a big, “Weather Permitting.” With the Crater’s rim around 5600′, it would definitely take an unusual (more...)...

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