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I'm an ultra distance athlete who incessantly seeks out backcountry adventure. I'm an UltraRunner by trade, but I'm a multisport athlete at heart. Ski mountaineering in the winter, trail running and cycling in the summer. After 10 years in Seattle I moved to Salt Lake City because the Wasatch Mtns are simply amazing. I'm from New Hampshire originally, where I learned to "Live Free or Die". In December of 2005 I decided my desk job at Microsoft was in fact death... so i quit. I've been gettin' after it in the backcountry full time ever since.
I try and explore these wonderful Wasatch mountains daily. That fuels my sole. I also write for Trail Runner Magazine (Ask the Coach) and I coach endurance athletes.
I'm a member of the Montrail Ultrarunning Team. My endurance coaching site - http://CoachingEndurance.com
My wicked awesome blog - http://Blog.CoachingEndurance.com
My fantastic sponsors: Backcountry.com, Montrail, nuun, Mountain Hardwear, Rudy Project, Teko Socks, Amazing Grass and Clif Bar.
How the lightest full featured down jacket came to be...
Being able to connect via my iPhone is key. You can totally manage the gopro through your phone, over bluetooth. There is about a 3 second delay, but it's key to be able to see what you are recording. The camera is smaller too, which is nice. The video quality has improved too.
Overall a great update.
I have been exclusively backcountry for the last four years. Moving to a town that doesn't have easily accessible backcountry meant I had to buy a resort ski. I used Mountain magazine's Early Winter 2013 issue to narrow it down. This ski, the Atomic Theory, was ranked #2 in the all-mountain category. The Mantra was #1, but it's so expensive I went with the Theory... sight unseen.
Skied it yesterday for the first time and I LOVED it. Floated on the little bit of powder I found wonderfully. I was able to lay in and carve a turn, and it was obvious this ski was made for it. Being an old freestyle skier, I even wiggled it through some moguls and it responded. This is my perfect resort ski. 186cm.
This has been the perfect tool for daily visits to the Wasatch Backcountry. It's an amazing ski. It's got plenty of float and isn't so oversized you can't get it on edge when you need it. It's light enough for the ups, and just amazing on the downs, especially if there is lots of pow to plow.
Running on the Hardrock 100 Course with my Montrail Rogue Racers.
Jay Aldous has the World Record fastest time for running 100 miles for anyone 50years old and older. He like the Montrail Rogue Fly and wrote a review on my webiste ~ http://ow.ly/buVmN
The beauty of the GoPro HD is that it's very small and High Def (HD). So you can literally take it anywhere and get amazing videos, and the occasional good picture. They have designed the case so that it's water and shock proof. I ski with, I mtn bike with it, I run with it. The only attachment I use is the head mount for skiing. I've tried the head strap and the chestie while running and the video turned out slightly more wobbly than if I had just had it in my hand.
It works best when the sun is out, and is worthless in bad lighting. Photos seem to be even more sensitive to poor light. For pictures there is no view finder, so you simply hold it out, in the direction of what you want to take a photo of. The other huge glaring issue is that because it's so very small there is virtually no room for user a friendly interface, so we're all left to learn (often the hard way) the language of the OS.
So, it's good for actions shots in good light. It's bad for almost everything else.
So far I've tried all the new Montrails this year. I like the Rogue Racer and the Bajadas.. but I LOVE this Rogue Fly. Super light, just protective enough for a long run (I'm running Pocatello 50 in them tomorrow) and even Outside Magazine Pays Homage with BEST shoe of 2012.
I have a number of shirts from Mountain Hardwear and this is the one I'm always looking for when I head out for a run. It's wispy light, feels awesome against my skin and drys very very fast. This is probably the best running shirt I've ever worn.
I like these tights as I feel like they give me some special support and compression when exercising.
Trail Running: They are great unless there is a chance of ever having a tiny bit of bushwhacking or overgrown trail. Then, as you can see in my photo - they will be torn to shreds.
Backcountry Skiing: Again I love the support. However for backcountry skiing I need to be able to pee without having to untie them every time. If I don't tie them tight, they fall down and you end up fighting the crotch every step. Although they give great support, they are not good for backcountry skiing because they MUST be tied.
This jacket is sweet for very cold running, but I wear it every day I backcountry ski. It's the perfect jacket for skinnning uphill where you are working hard but still need some winter protection. It's light and it breaths just enough while keeping you warm. I just throw a puffy or a shell over it at the top for the ski down. It's THE integral piece in my setup. Get one!
I climbed/skied 100,000 feet in one week in this boot ~ http://ow.ly/7LptO
Lighter than most at 3lb 6oz per boot for size 26 (US8).
Just stiff enough to drive a fat light ski (Voile Drifters).
Good for a narrow foot.
Not as durable as I'd hoped. In about 30-40 days the touring buckles collars were bending and there was some malformed plastic.
Because the liner was so minimal my foot got really banged up from every day use. Ankle bone in particular took months post winter to heal.
The mold didn't seem to scale for the smaller sizes. There seemed to be too much going on for my small boot size. Buckles would rub, upper plastic on lower - just showed it was tested and molded at a bigger size and not redesigned at all for the smaller sizes.
Size 26 (8 US) weighs 2lb 8oz per boot.
The company description says "premium audio". I disagree, but for the form factor, it's pretty damn awesome. It's small and mobile, that's why you buy this pipe - not for premium audio.
It's perfect for the bathroom where you can plug in the iPhone, jump in the shower and rock out with your cock out. For traveling or camping it's easy to fit this in your bag.
I bought this for two purposes. First was crewing a friend at the Bear 100. I let her create a playlist and then I attached this to my ultraspire running backpack. We were rockin tunes for a good 8hours (lithium ion batteries). It was awesome!! I was honestly impressed with how it sounded and long it lasted.
The second reason is for short intense dance parties at the top of summits on backcountry ski days this winter. We'll see how that works in the next few months.
UltraRunner Chad Brackelsberg reviews his "go-to" shoe.
i had the split skins on my 125 under foot voile drifter skis and they just didn't stick well enough. these are full length and perfect. i roll them up like a burrito because the glue is hard to get apart. but great skins so far.
I love this shoe.
finally dynafit came out with a crampon... and it's awesome. obviously it slides into the dynafit binding perfectly. it's light. it's solid. good stuff.
this binding is awesome. it's the easiest to use in my opinion. the heal lift is pole accessible and this is a great binding for everyone.. beginners included. it's a bit heavier than the tlt speed, but again.. it's easier to use. great solid binding.
this binding is a step up from the super ultra uber light dynafit race binding. i think it's the lightest version our beloved dynafit binding that i every day usable in the backcountry. the comfort heal piece turns a bit easier, but it's a bit heavier. so it's a trade off.