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BEST mid-weight expedition sleeping bag: Western Mountaineering Puma Review

Aaron has used this bag on Denali and in Yellowstone in the winter. He hasn’t been cold in this bag yet. It’s rated to -25 deg F. This is a real expedition bag with all the extra features, baffles, and neck tubes you would expect in a serious expedition bag. Get the Western Mountaineering Puma bag on Amazon at: Get the Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack at Amazon here:
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Categories: Antarctica, arctic, denali, How To, physical, and Reviews.

What is THRILLING PATAGONIA LIKE? Should you travel there?

  I’ve been there. I traveled through Patagonia in Argentina and Chile. It’s one of the most interesting places I’ve ever traveled to. Torres del Paine is utterly worth the trek. El Calafate – go see the glacier! Peurto Natales – a neat little town. Ushuaia is a must-see. Camp in the forest and have a real experience. It’s windy. The steak was absolutely amazing, far better than any American beef I’ve ever had. I love you American beef but you’ve got nothing on pampas grass feed beef. Lonely Planet Argentina with a Patagonia section on Amazon: Moon Guides
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Categories: physical and Travel.

Climbing MOUNT WHITNEY – What is it like? Is it that tough?

What is it like to climb Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states? It’s 14,505 feet tall. It’s nowhere near as tall as Denali (20,303 feet) in Alaska, the tallest mountain in North America and the United States. Climbing Mt. Whitney is tough but with Aaron’s suggestions and experience, you can success. Check out Aaron’s book on expeditions at to help you get started:
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Categories: climbing and physical.

Where can you practice defying death in Jackson Hole?

Teton Boulder Park is the perfect place to practice death-defying skills in relative safety. Located at the base of Snow King mountain, this completely free and open rock climbing park is available for anyone. The town’s Parks and Recreation Department supports a weekly Town Pump climbing competition during the summer. This park is the perfect place to unleash the kids while you take a break. You can try your climbing skills on easy challenges. There are tough routes that Aaron has yet to figure out, too. There’s even a slackline set up for people to try their tightrope walking skills.
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Categories: motivation, physical, training, Training session, and Travel.

Death March successful

Death March success The Death March spawns Zombie Ride was a complete success. Hiking the Teton Crest Trail straight through was a spectacular experience. I was the only participant but, as I was told, it takes a certain mental derangement to want to do this activity. That’s okay because it’s one of the things I specialize in. Being on Paintbrush Divide at midnight was a special experience. As there is no camping allowed at Lake Solitude, it was the first time I had ever experienced real solitude at that mountainous location. The only company were the green and orange eyes
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Categories: motivation, physical, training, and Trips.

Death hike into Grand Teton National Park

For the first night in nearly a week, the sky was clear in Grand Teton National Park. With the storms and snow blowing through in late September, hiking up and around the Teton Crest Trail had looked pretty dubious from continuous poor weather.  But there was a break.  It was supposed to be clear for two days and then a storm was to move through the area.  I had a very short window to make this happen. I had wanted to hike the Teton Crest Trail straight through from the Granite Canyon trailhead to Jenny Lake via Paintbrush canyon for
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Categories: gear, motivation, physical, and training.

Eating the butter

When humans are in polar environments trekking across ice, they have to burn massive calories to stay warm and fueled for the activity.  There are lots of options for calories but only a few efficient ones.  Butter is one of those calorie sources.  It is suggested, based on experience, to consume 6,000 calories per day to maintain weight.  Much less than that and the body begins shedding massive amounts of weight. Prior to my butter going bad, I had only lost 5 pounds.  Once the butter died (went off, in British vernacular), I dropped 20 pounds in a mere two weeks.  I
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Categories: diet and physical.

Foot recovery well underway

At the end of the expedition, I was having a difficult time skiing and generally waddling around. The tendons in my big toes swelled to the point of being distended  obscuring the middle joint.  It was rather strange to look down at the soles of my feet and see the large toes as sausages rather than useful digits.  Upon returning to the States, my toes and feet were burning just after a half hour of walking I’d only experienced this after returning from Yellowstone in 2009 and 2010 when my boots fit improperly.  It took several of months before the numbness
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