New Mexico or Bust

We're almost ready. After numerous small trips (of escalating difficulty and complexity), skills work, planning sessions, gear shakedowns, shakedowns, and more shakedowns, we're on the homestretch. Within 72 hours, we'll all be headed for Colorado, and then New Mexico, for a two-week expedition. The training has paid off. We've managed to get a bunch of…Read more New Mexico or Bust

Sailing Intro, Under Harsh Conditions

We had the opportunity this weekend to get some boys out on a Pearson 37 sailboat, the designation 37 referring to its overall length, in feet.  Weather was not great - 20 knots sustained, heavy rain which came at you horizontally, and 3-foot swells.  Despite that, we went sailing! Two reefs in the main, a…Read more Sailing Intro, Under Harsh Conditions

To Clean, or Not To Clean – Water in the Backcountry

A few months ago, an article published by Slate started to get a lot of attention, for suggesting that the practice of treating backcountry water sources against possible pathogens was built on myth.  No doubt it got the buzz Slate was looking for, but I pretty much ignored it at the time.  Recently though, I was pointed…Read more To Clean, or Not To Clean – Water in the Backcountry