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zachary lundgren

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zachary lundgren's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Skiing
Yoga
Climbing
Fly Fishing
Running
Surfing

zachary lundgren's Bio

Zachary Lundgren is an educator and adventurer who is at home between the Salish Sea and the North Cascades where he enjoys surfing, sailing, skiing, mountain climbing and fish tacos. He holds a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and an M.Ed. in Environmental Education. Currently a teacher and an EMT, Zachary is a proud member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. He strongly believes in Native American tribal and cultural sovereignty. He acknowledges that his adventures take place in the territories of many Indigenous peoples. He is committed to environmental and social justice through transformative education, community building and Love.

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zachary lundgrenwrote a review of on July 1, 2017

Summer Update
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Loving this ski. I took it up Tomyhoi and Shuksan in the North Cascades in June. Both were day trips with a little hiking involved with skis on the pack. They are so light and don't provide any issues when on the backpack.

I was impressed at how steep of an angle I could travel uphill without skins on. These scaled-skis are worth having in rolling terrain.

I highly recommend.

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zachary lundgrenwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

Durable So Far.
5 5

Bought a pair of these late this last winter. I have used them while backpacking Utah canyons and backcountry skiing in the North Cascades. They are not the lightest but have proven their worth so far. At 6'1" and 185lbs I can be rough on my gear sometimes. No issues with these poles. I was also nervous about the 130cm max height as not being long enough, but I haven't had any problems. I hope they continue to impress me. I will continue to abuse them through the summer on snow and ice.

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zachary lundgrenwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just received these skis a couple weeks ago. Holy sh%* they are light! They are replacing a pair of G3 Superflys which are already pretty light.

My skiing is mostly North Cascades backcountry in the winter and ski-mountaineering in the spring and summer. I decided on this ski as it was the widest scaled-ski I could find (definitely still not very wide). Although advertised as a telemark ski, I have a pair of dynafit AT bindings mounted. The middle 3rd of the ski is scaled and allows for travel on low grade slopes without having to skin up. This has been awesome and time saving thus far. I am excited to log more miles on them.

The downside to the scales is speed. These ski won't be winning downhill races anytime soon. I'm good with this trade off though, as sooooo much time is saved while traversing low-grade terrain on mountain approaches.

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zachary lundgrenwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

Solid Piece of Gear
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Did some mountaineering/snow camping in the North Cascades in late May. This shelter is awesome. There were four of us, all over 6'2" and this shelter held us and most of our gear. It rained and we stayed dry (We did independently seal the seams long ago as we heard Black Diamond can't get their shit together to do it themselves. Sorry BD, but its true. And it's why you're only getting four stars.).

All four of us brought our own versions of a 1 person ground tarp which works great. This shelter is nice and light. I recommend it for North Cascade mountaineering trips.

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zachary lundgrenwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

Yes Please
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

May 2017

I was given these boots to test on a mid-may backpacking trip in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument of Utah. I took them down Harris Wash to the confluence with the Escalante River and back.

These boots are both lightweight and comfortable. They were given to me at the trailhead with no prior chance to wear around or break in. I wore them for a few days on the trail with a pack and had no issues. Very comfortable. I have wide feet and sometimes struggle finding shoes and boots to fit. Although not super wide, these worked well for me.

We walked on sand, rocks and in a creek for much of the trip. They stayed dry from outside moisture but I was definitely sweating in them (I do not believe gore-tex can make a truly breathable footwear. Waterproof yes, but not breathable.).

I doubt these boots were made for sand and the southwest environment, but they certainly did the trick. I am excited to try them in the North Cascades. I have no doubt they will prove great as a backpacking boot. The sole is more flexible than many comparable boots. This should be great on longer/flatter trips.

I am a little nervous about how this boot will handle on trips with more vertical objectives because of its flexible sole. I plan to take this up a North Cascade mountain soon. I have a pair of flexible Kahtoola k10 crampons I will use with them. I'll let everyone know how it handles.



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June 2017


I used them early June to hike a 7000' peak in the North Cascades. We hiked on flat, steep, rocks, water, snow and glacier. They stayed dry and were comfortable the entire day. The flexible Kahtoola k10 crampons fit just fine.

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zachary lundgrenwrote a review of on June 1, 2017

Good Pack for Certain Trips
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used this backpack out for the first time in mid-May while on a three-day ski trip to Snowking Mountain in the North Cascades. I was very surprised at how much it actually holds, internally and externally. We brought skis and carried them and our boots on a climbing trail for about 3 miles and 2,000 vertical feet. No issues here.

I am not a fan of a bunch of external compartments and internal dividers. I generally don't buy backpacks like this. That being said, it worked well with this pack. I especially like the design of the pack lid. Separated into two compartments (which seemed weird at first), the bladder compartment fit my 2 liter camel back and the other compartment served well for map, sunscreen, headlamp, snacks etc. The bottom sleeping bag compartment was also nice. No need for a stuff sack as it fit perfectly down there. Side zip to the main compartment was also super helpful.

The lid detaches and the shoulder straps of the main pack come off to make an awesome and comfortable day pack. Unlike the larger pack however, it does not have any external straps or ice axe loops. This is a major shortcoming for the system. I did not use it for the summit push as it was unable to accommodate some necessary equipment. I instead had to use the larger backpack itself, which synches down to a fairly decent size. My crew and I were camping in a floor-less, Black Diamond Mega Light 4-Person Shelter in the snow. Leaving gear behind in this lightweight and only semi-protected system was not ideal as I emptied the backpack for the summit day.

The 400D nylon with teflon coating was un-phased by the North Cascades brush on the approach and snow and ice on the mountain. Should note that the material is tough as hell but not waterproof. I left it sitting upright on the snow as we assembled camp for maybe an hour. My sleeping bag was in the bottom compartment and was actually a bit wet when I pulled it out. Not a big deal for this trip, but on something extended may prove to be a problem. If I went out again and expected rain in the forecast or to camp in the snow I'd line it with a garbage bag.

Overall a comfortable, light, tough, well-designed backpack for the right trip. I look forward to taking it later in the summer for some flat backpacking trips. Despite the surprising comfort and ability to carry skis, shovel, probe and an ice axe, I won't be climbing more mountains with it as it is not as waterproof as I want nor is the daypack compatible for ice axe, picket or other technical gear (the daypack is awesome though, and would be great for non-technical trips).

It takes a lot for me to rate a backpack at 5 or even 4 stars. I expect my rating to change later in the summer as I use the pack for a different type of trip.

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