WE’RE ALL BETWEEN SWIMS

Sam Fulbright of PCM wrote a wonderful post over at WW Dreams that he might have thought was about paddling, but was really about life. Life’s trials are like a paddler’s swims. Other times, you try to roll, and can’t. You try again, and can’t. You’re head hits a rock here, a rock there. Maybe…

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“I’m Ready to Help.”

“I’m Ready to Help.” I’ve been a guide for a long time. Officially, I started 25 years ago. For the last many years, I’ve heard the same old thing from my son, usually after he sees the photos from my trips: “I wanna go.” “I wanna catch those fish.” “I wanna sleep up there.” “I…

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It’s Pretty Simple: Be Best Friends

I was originally going to write this as a letter to my Ultralight Life subscribers but the advice is too valuable to keep private. Stephanie and I don’t have a perfect marriage but we have a marriage that people notice, and ask questions about because they like what they see enough to overlook our blemishes.…

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Fringe Season Clothing

First, a definition. To some, like my friend Glen, the fringe season means that period of weeks where the pool temperature in San Diego creeps from its wintertime low in the 60s to its barely tolerable springtime comfort of 80. When my family hung out with Glen and his in a February, we were eager…

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UL Improv

As you transform from a novice ultralight backpacker into a seasoned ultralight backpacker, you will find yourself saying this less: “Oh no! I forgot ___________” And saying this more: “What gear and knowledge can I use to solve this problem?” Most manufacturers of ultralight shelters love to put all sorts of contraptions on their shelters…

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Wintry

November in Montana is exciting because of the promise of snow. Before November, you have to go to high elevations to find snow, like in this photo, which is my camp in Maloney Basin in the Anaconda-Pintlar Wilderness with the Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp on the night of November 1, 2012. The promise of snow…

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The Tenkarabugger for Trophy Trout

I love fishing, and teaching, the traditional Japanese method of tenkara using a light rod, fine tippet, and a sparse and simple soft-hackled fly. But the season for huge brown trout is just around the corner and one can only eat from a bento box for so long before he wakes up sweating in the…

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Zero Bars

Life lived simple Dreamy and warranted Jealous of people who blog about their one hundred things But wondering how we might live without 60 second coffee brewed on a Jetboil And still remain addicted to our iPhones and their gateway to a cluttered world. Packing light Driving to a trailhead Hoping for something other than…

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The Lean Approach to Wilderness Travel

Eric Ries coined the term “lean startup” in the context of entrepreneurship, but most folks think it’s about running a business with as little overhead as possible. Nothing could be further from the truth, or more damaging to the entrepreneur that is assuming that zero overhead is the key to success. It’s not in business,…

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