Thursday 16 April 2009

Igloos, John Muir's Birthplace & New TGO Backpacking Column

I’ve just returned from an eleven day ski touring with igloos trip in the Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains in the company of Igloo Ed and, for the first few days, four others. It was a superb trip and I’ll post more about it soon. In the meantime here’s a picture. You can also read more about the trip from Ed and see some of his pictures (and the occasional comment from me) on the Rocky Mountain National Park Forums (you have to register for this site) in, currently the thread titled No Poser- He's The Real Deal. and Ed will be posting a trip report on the Grand Shelters Icebox website.

While I was away the John Muir theme of my last two posts was continued with the publication of my photo essay on Backpacking Light about a visit to Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar, Scotland.

Also during my absence in the hills the May issue of TGO came out with the first of a new backpacking column I will be writing each month, this one covering the joys of long distance trips. There’s also a review of socks in this edition. One pair I recommended in the feature, the Teko Summit Expedition, I’ve just worn on the ski tour. I’m glad to say that they stayed soft, comfortable and warm throughout the trip - my spare pair were never worn.

Photo info: The Wind River Range and Camp 3. Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS@23mm, 1/200@F8, ISO 100, raw file converted to JPEG in Lightroom 2.


  1. Ed is a real character and a great guy! I'm sure you had a good trip. I've been a fan of his igloo maker for years now.

  2. Good to hear from you Clyde. The Icebox is a great piece of kit. This was my third igloo trip - I'm getting quite addicted now!

  3. Just ordered a pair of Teko Summit lights, on the strength of your review, Chris. Smartwool seem to have stopped making my beloved Adrenalines that i've worn for years, so i'm looking for replacements. Their overpriced PHD range just confuse me! :)

    Mike fae Dundee

  4. Welcome back Chris,
    all the best,

  5. Mmmm, I think the trip will carry me to the next big trip. A fire was kindled.

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