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Cliffhanging: Bear Bagging Above the Treeline

On the Arctic 1000, we slept with our food. This gave me a little bit of trepidation, especially when our camp was usually surrounded by some combination of wolves, muskox, and grizzly bears. I’m sure that’s what Andy will be doing as well during his traverse of the Brooks Range this year. Otherwise, sleeping with […]

GoLite Shangri-La 6 & 8: Lightweight Crew Shelters That Meet Standards of Storm Protection, Simplicity, and Group Dynamics

We use GoLite Shangri-La 6’s and 8’s for our advanced (WT3) Wilderness Trekking School courses, and when I outfit Scout High Adventure Programs going into hostile environments. There are three primary reasons. They are light enough. Between the shelters, poles, and a big set of robust stakes, shelter weight comes out to around a pound per […]

Give a Boy a Map

Harry Potter couldn’t cross the Beartooth Range, or be a thru-hiker, because of character attributes that are not compatible with long distance wilderness travel. You see, Harry Potter suffers from arrogance (he’d think he knew where he was when he really wasn’t), impatience (he wouldn’t evaluate all of his route options), and anger management (he’d […]

Back from the Beartooths: A 50-Mile Traverse With Scouts

  Self Portrait at Green Lake LEICA M9, ZEISS BIOGON C 35/2.8 I am back from a traverse of the Beartooth Plateau with BSA Troop 676 of Bozeman, and am getting caught up, so can’t provide much more than teasers right now. The good stuff (photos and gear list) will appear when this blog is […]

The Scout Patrol Method and Leadership

Patrol Leader’s Council Meeting, Glacier National Park LEICA M9, ZEISS BIOGON 35/2.8C, JUNE 2010 The Patrol Method, and Leadership Development, are the two Methods of Scouting that are sometimes the hardest to implement because parents’ instincts are to foster an environment where these methods are hijacked. This is one of the big reasons why Scouting […]