Packrafting PFDs

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Packrafting PFDs As with paddles, there really isn’t such a thing as a “packraft PFD,” but some PFDs will tend to work better for packrafting than others. Good options for packrafters include those that are light, built from quality materials, … Read More

Packrafting Paddles

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Packrafting Paddles Along with your boat and life jacket, your paddle is one of the “big three” pieces of equipment that will largely determine your experience on the water. Solo packrafts are almost exclusively paddled with double-bladed kayak-style paddles. Packrafting … Read More

Arc’teryx Alpha FL

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Purchased March 2016, reviewed March 2017 This four-season three-layer alpine shell is light. At less than twelve ounces for a large the Alpha FL is actually lighter than most three-season two-layer rain jackets on the market, including Patagonia’s TorrentShell, OR’s … Read More

Hestra Heli

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Purchased winter 2016, reviewed March 2017 The Hestra Heli is the flagship ski glove from Swedish glovemaker Hestra, which calls it “a modern classic with many uses.” Look around at many ski resorts, and you’ll spot the distinctive two-tone Heli … Read More

North Suicide Peak

North Suicide Peak (5,065 ft.) Via the Rabbit Lake trailhead, southwest gully route: 5.6 miles each way, 3,340 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3s3+. My time: 6.5 hours round trip ▼KMZ North Suicide Peak is a rugged 5,065-foot pyramid at … Read More

Feathered Friends Down Booties

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Purchased December 2016, reviewed December 2016, updated February 2017 My first test of these booties came on winter solstice in Alaska, on the west summit of McHugh Peak. The thermometer read -10 degrees, not factoring in the wind pouring over … Read More

Incident 232

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I’m always bummed when adventure buddies leave Alaska, but there is a silver lining. Homesickness builds up until it’s almost explosive, and as soon as wayward friends return stateside they’re often up for the most outlandish, ambitious, and half-conceived plans. … Read More

Rainbow Peak

Rainbow Peak (3,543 ft.) Turnagain Arm (south ridge) route: 5.2 miles round trip, 3,580 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3-. My time: 4 hours ▼KMZ I often think of Rainbow Peak as a kind of “Flattop for locals.” Both peaks … Read More

McHugh Peak

McHugh Peak (4,311 ft.) Bear Valley route (North Ridge): 5.4 miles round trip, 2,300 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2s3+. My time: 2.5 hours Rabbit Creek routes (East Ridge): ~10 miles round trip, ~2,900 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2+s3+. … Read More

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