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  1. Cool vid, Jeepgc. Thanks for sharing that and the...

    Cool vid, Jeepgc. Thanks for sharing that and the above stills.

    I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment. I'm well equipped with the best gear available and have been a backcountry traveler...
  2. Awesome pics! Eeeks. :) I'm only going to be...

    Awesome pics! Eeeks. :)

    I'm only going to be on 208 briefly before I turn west onto 210. That's where the bulk of my river crossings will be. Maybe I can just build a big kicker ramp and jump the...
  3. No filter for this trip. I'm relying on the fact...

    No filter for this trip. I'm relying on the fact that Iceland has the cleanest water in the world. Food....for my route....is a major issue.

    60% of my packed weight at the start is food. Every...
  4. It will vary largely due to terrain, wind, river...

    It will vary largely due to terrain, wind, river crossings, etc. Short days may be around 20 miles. Tuesday is slated to have 40 mph winds. :( That could be a low mileage day for sure. Or...nearly...
  5. So, Jeepgc... Do you have any experience...

    So, Jeepgc...

    Do you have any experience driving around the eastern and northern aspects of Katla? Namely the F208 and F210? How about these roads just south of the Fjallabak?
  6. My other memorable tent fiasco was waking up to...

    My other memorable tent fiasco was waking up to Hawaiian waves pushing on the tent. The lesson there is relative to rum consumption prior to picking a tent site. :)
  7. Heh. Yikes. I read about that as well. As an avid...

    Heh. Yikes. I read about that as well. As an avid mountaineer, I've spent several ugly nights with a tent in near collapse. The most severe was in 1998 at 13,000 feet on Longs Peak with 60mph gusts....
  8. Risky change of plans: It's the eleventh hour...

    Risky change of plans:

    It's the eleventh hour and I have decided to make a change of shelters. Instead of taking an MSR Hubba NX which is 2 pounds 7 ounces, I'm going to opt for my alternative...
  9. That's great advice for when Deana (wife) comes...

    That's great advice for when Deana (wife) comes over and we're in a Jimny. The rest of my route is pretty isolated. I'll get near a system of huts on days 6-7, but they won't have food. Day 8 or 9 I...
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    I'll occasionally bring along a Black Diamond...

    I'll occasionally bring along a Black Diamond Storm headlamp, almost just as a backup sometimes. Like my trip next week to Iceland. Even though there's 19 hours of "light," I'm taking a headlamp just...
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    The lenslight is a new addition and one I've only...

    The lenslight is a new addition and one I've only used a few times. It's expensive to buy and operate, but so far I like it. The appeal is the 440 lumen output relative to the small size and low...
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    For the better of 20 years I have ridden with a...

    For the better of 20 years I have ridden with a heart rate monitor. Even when I bikepack, I sometimes like to ride with a HR monitor as it helps me measure my efforts, especially when I'm racing. The...
  13. I leave on July 18th. I'm on the bike from July...

    I leave on July 18th. I'm on the bike from July 20 to the 31st. Then my wife comes over and we're traveling by Suzuki Jimny until the 10th.
  14. Stop in Seligman. Get a milkshake and a burger...

    Stop in Seligman. Get a milkshake and a burger and reset the day, ready for another 8 hours.
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    I have a variety of different kits for different...

    I have a variety of different kits for different bikepacking jaunts. Everything from uber light to semi-luxurious.

    http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l634/velobro/IMG_2756_zps16136ba1.jpg
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  16. Been following it almost daily. Seems things are...

    Been following it almost daily. Seems things are starting to settle down a bit. They're reporting less activity, less conductivity (whew, who needs deadly gasses in the rivers?) and water levels are...
  17. Planning for Iceland: The what to take debate

    In just a few short days I depart for my long overdue trip to Iceland. I'll be on the bike for 11 days, and then another 10 days with my wife in a Suzuki Jimny. The bike leg is going to be the bomb,...
  18. It really depends on your heat tolerance. I'm a...

    It really depends on your heat tolerance. I'm a complete mercury wimp. Our ride into Baja in late May included a couple stretches with temps over 100F and while I never felt miserable, it was...
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    The conversation is making me feel old. :) I...

    The conversation is making me feel old. :)

    I recently donated some of my old pedals and shoes to a local shop, one known as much as a museum as a bike store. Hard to believe my stuff from the mid...
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    Expensive does not always correlate with fun.

    Expensive does not always correlate with fun.
  21. All of the root-molded coolers by Yeti, Engle,...

    All of the root-molded coolers by Yeti, Engle, Pelican, Canyon, NRS, etc, will have a similar efficiency and correlating price. Your non-roto-molded choices will produce a variety of less than...
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    The first year we lived there, NOBODY would talk...

    The first year we lived there, NOBODY would talk to us. The people of Haines were/are so protective of people moving into their paradise, they made no bones about making newcomers feel unwelcome....
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    AYE!!! I'm such a bike dork, I grimace when I...

    AYE!!! I'm such a bike dork, I grimace when I hear the wrong terms tossed about. :)

    Pedals with clip and strap: Toe clips
    Pedals without clip and strap: Platform or "flats"
    Pedals you clip into...
  24. Thread: REEB

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    It's only by the good graces of human nature that...

    It's only by the good graces of human nature that I have not been beaten to a pulp and stuffed behind a tree alongside the trail. I'm "that guy" who tends to frequently be heard saying,
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    Given that she's riding mostly gravel and mild...

    Given that she's riding mostly gravel and mild singletrack, I'd place a greater importance on the pedals than the fork or even Thudbuster. I use a Thudbuster on my Ti Fargo and while it helps with...
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