Skates for Wild Ice
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Skates Skates for Wild Ice First, some good news: all ice skates will work on wild ice! In that sense, every skate can be a “wild ice skate.” However, different types of skates perform very differently on wild ice due … Read More

Bold Peak
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Bold Peak Bold Peak(7,600 ft.) Stivers’ Gully Route: 14.7 miles each way, 7,561 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3(c4) ▼KMZ Bold Peak’s cliff-laced summit towers over the southeast end of Eklutna Lake, and to a casual observer the prospect of … Read More

Cantata Boots and Boats
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« Trip Reports on Winterbear.com Cantata Boots and Boats 20.3-mile hike and packraft loop around Cantata Peak, in Alaska’s Chugach State Park September 8, 2018 The September 2018 heatwave was so intense that Alaskans started referring to it as a … Read More

Fjällräven Abisko Trail T-Shirt
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Fjällräven Abisko Trail T-Shirt Purchased September 2017, reviewed August 2018 The Abisko Trail T-Shirt is a “lightweight trekking” lyocell-blend base layer from Swedish company Fjällräven. At $60 retail this is about as expensive as a short-sleeved base layer top gets, … Read More

Blackbird Traverse
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« Trip Reports on Winterbear.com Blackbird Traverse 25.3-mile variation on the Bomber Traverse backpacking route, in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska August 24-26, 2019 In early August I found myself at the Snowbird Glacier Hut, poring over the Bomber Traverse … Read More

The Bad Kash Traverse
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« Trip Reports on Winterbear.com The Bad Kash Traverse 36.6-mile attempt to run the Kashwitna River, in the Talkeetna Mountains June 30-July 4, 2018 Some trip reports are inspiring. Some are informative. Others are warnings. On the last day of … Read More

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