Posts by New Century Expeditions

In west thumb

Having a good and educational time in Yellowstone. Had my first equipment loss – the precious cereal bowl. It seconded as the scoop for making water. I didn’t pack the bowl in its usual place in a bag. Sure enough, I must have dropped it when digging through the gear bag. My efficiency is low for gear handling on this trip. That needs some serious work prior to any larger expeditions. Need the lexan cup. It is smaller than a cereal bowl and won’t shatter at minus 20 deg. Tonite finds me at west thumb. Last nite was -20 deg.
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Categories: training and Trips.

Smoothing out the towing

After training for several months for an expedition to Yellowstone, I’ve been searching  around for how others have changed the shock of dragging a tire or a sled.  As the rope pulls taught, the lower back and hips take the impact of the full weight of the sled or tire I’m towing. This makes you a little tougher but over mutliple days, it’ll kill your back. Enter bungees.
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Categories: gear and training.

Value of the workout log

The workout log has again proven its value. After finishing the 1:20 towing session, I loaded in my pedometer data to see where I am in terms of performance.  It looks like I’m reaching a plateau in travel speed.  Once I add the hill from El Camino Real to Skyline Dr on Tamarack in Carlsbad, my speed drops a full 0.5 mph. That’s huge! But the hill is huge, too.
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Categories: Uncategorized.

Best time yet

My short route time is still getting better.  It’s good but it tells me that I’m not at peak performance ability.  I was able to crank out the 1.4 miles in 26 minutes.  3.2 miles per hour.  My average speed is now my walking speed.  That’s great!  It’s my best speed yet. Funny thing – a guy slowed down in the morning to take a photograph of me.  I gave him the thumbs up, he snapped the shot and continued taking his kids to school. It must be pretty funny to see a guy dragging a tire wearing shorts outside
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Categories: training.

Field updates

I’ve been working on updating my website for a few with some serious help.  One thing I’ve been trying to do is embed a map of my current position.  This has been a little more challenging, as it has to be done in the field. The goal is to do field updates with my iPhone for the Yellowstone expedition in a few weeks.  There are various services and devices (Spot) to do this.  However, for the moment it’s just another bill against the funds to get me to Antarctica. As such, there’s a risk I won’t have a good enough
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Categories: gear.