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Weekly Trekking Tales #33

PMags on hiking solo

But I honestly like to go solo. I do it because I love getting to do my own thing at my own pace. I chase butterflies, explore, take endless side trips, go swimming, and goof off. And I find peace in being with my thoughts for long periods. Read More.

Chris Townsend’s 2020 reading list

The first three weeks of the year have flown past in a blur as the worst cold I can remember ever having has made doing anything feel like wading through deep sticky mud. One result is I’ve been reading more on and offline and now have a long list of pieces I’d like to share as well as some books to review. Rather than produce a ridiculously long list of the online stuff I’m splitting it into three, starting with outdoor topics. Read More.

UKC on Battling Complacency and Taboo in Climbing Culture

The bond between a climber and a belayer is sacred. After all, the climber is placing their life into the other person’s hands. But what happens if that bond gets broken, and the climber is dropped in a serious fall? Read More.

Hiking boots vs trail-runners

Over the last four years I have hiked about 2.5k miles in trailrunners, including snow travel for up to three days at a time, albeit not in the frigid temperatures that Philip hikes in, and I am loving it. River crossings are much easier, you can dry the shoes over lunch and there’s less breaking in than I used to have to do. I get 500+ miles out of Salomon Ultra 3D shoes typically and that’s while hiking on and off trail in rocky terrain in the US West (Co, UT, AK) and in Europe. I have found using trailrunners a revelation, to be honest. However, I can imagine hikes involving extended glacier travel, say, that I would not attempt wearing them. Read More (read the comments too).

The Dutch are crazy

Each year, on the windiest day of the year, the Dutch Headwind Cycling Championships take place on the Oosterscheldekering Storm Surge Barrier. Over 200 competitors ride the 8.5 km course against 100+ km/hr winds on upright single-speed bikes. Watch more.

Winter climbing in Pakistan

Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger have abruptly ended their winter expedition to Gasherbrum I and II in Pakistan after a terrifying fall into a crevasse that could have had disastrous consequences. After spending 10 excruciating taxing days negotiating a route through the labyrinth of crevasses and seracs above Base Camp, the two mountaineers were ascending to Camp 1 when Simone Moro suddenly fell into a crevasse. Only reflexes, skill and luck saved them, as Moro recounts in his facebook report published below. The two had planned to attempt the hugely difficult traverse GI and GII in winter and it goes without saying that the expedition has now been called off and that they are eagerly awaited safe and sound at home.

Bears Don’t Care About Your Problems

If you’ve ever considered the absurdity of sleeping on the ground in a place where bears live, pooping in a bag on a glacier, or trying to teach someone you love a sport that scares them to the point of loudly threatening to kill you in front of strangers, Bears Don’t Care About Your Problems will make you laugh. Author and creator of Semi-Rad, Brendan Leonard is part Dave Barry, part Gary Larson, and 100 percent twisted in his own fresh way. The Semi-Rad perspective has become the funny, introspective voice of outdoor Everyman and Everywoman adventurers. Available at Amazon India.

Bonus video for making it to the end of the list

How to dress in layers (youtube).

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