The World Beyond the World
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The World Beyond the World Using text adapted from Robert Marshalls “Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Brooks Range” (1929) and images from Expedition Arguk (2013), “The World Beyond the World” aims to celebrate that most ancient and sublime of human pleasures: … Read More

Wild Ice – Backcountry Skating Alaska
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Wild Ice – Backcountry Skating Alaska “Backcountry skating” is the practice of hunting for wild ice, whether on on a river, lake, glacial lagoon, or inside an ice cave. Filmed in southcentral and southeast Alaska over the course of two … Read More

Patagonia R3 Hoody
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Patagonia R3 Hoody Purchased May 2016 and replaced August 2017, reviewed November 2017, last updated December 2017 One of my rules on Winterbear is that before reviewing a product, I’ll use it outside many times in a variety of conditions. … Read More

MSR Windburner
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MSR Windburner Purchased January 2016, reviewed October 2017 In August 2008, a friend and I set off a three-day backcountry traverse of Chugach State Park. Our kit included some older gear (how can my back ever forget that 10-pound dome … Read More

Osprey Variant 37
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Osprey Variant 37 Purchased January 2016, reviewed October 2017 Most people start with two basic backpacks: a day pack in the 15-30 liter range and an overnight pack in the 55-80 liter range. Packs in the 35-50 liter range always … Read More

DMOS Stealth Shovel
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DMOS Stealth Shovel Purchased March 2017, reviewed September 2017, last updated May 2022 The DMOS Stealth is a blingy backcountry shovel introduced as the ideal tool to build ski and snowboard jumps (called “kickers”). The Stealth’s serrated blade is made … Read More

Valandre Shocking Blue
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Valandre Shocking Blue Purchased December 2016, reviewed September 2017, last updated November 2017 The Shocking Blue (aka Shocking Blue Neo) is the namesake sleeping bag in France-based Valandre’s “Shocking Blue Series” of cold-weather sleeping bags. Many winter sleeping bags are … Read More

Hilleberg Nammatj 2
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Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Purchased July 2015, reviewed August 2017, last updated May 2020 The Nammatj 2 is a four-season Swiss Army Knife of a tent from Swedish tentmaker Hilleberg. Weighing in at between 5 and 6.5 pounds depending on setup, … Read More

The Bomber Traverse Map
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The Bomber Traverse Map The Bomber Traverse is an informal hut-to-hut wilderness backpacking route in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska. The purpose of the Bomber Traverse Map is to aid wilderness travel by indicating general backcountry routes and hut locations, … Read More

2002-2018: The Great Blow-Up
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Packraft History 2002-2018: The Great Blow-Up In the 1980s-90s the sport of packrafting went through a long, quiet incubation period. A few grizzled outdoorspeople bought, repaired, and traded Curtis and Sherpa packrafts, pushing the simple boats to their limits (and … Read More

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