On June 18, the Forest Service released its long-awaited draft federal
rule for designating areas as open or closed to winter motorized
vehicles. It’s a good first step, but the proposed rule misses the point
on a couple of key details. Please take the time to comment. I just did.
the spring of ‘94 I skied from Lander to Jackson following the spine of the
Wind River and Gros Ventre Ranges. After pulling a sled over Dinwoody Pass, and
a short detour to Wyoming’s high point, Gannett Peak, I spent a long blissful
day skiing a high straight line from the Dinwoody Glacier to Downs Mountain.
This aesthetic route follows a major fault line, connects the largest
glaciers in the Rocky Mountains and never drops below 12,000 feet. It also traverses
next to enticing 13,000+ ft. peaks.
For years I dreamed of returning.
Alaska, where countless rivers and creeks drain massive
wilderness, is the birthplace of modern packrafting. Highly resourceful, Alaska adventurers were some of the
first to utilize lightweight portable watercraft to explore and travel across
vast roadless and often trailless expanses.
A recent desert adventure in Southern Utah helped me shift gears and start planning for summer
backcountry excursions. Pouring over maps and Google Earth imagery of the Wind River Range got me thinking that Forrest has posted quality
gear lists, many of which I subscribe to, but none that offer a purely
women’s-specific look at backcountry gear. So as his first guest blogger, I've organized a list of great gear for gals who are getting ready for summer wilderness adventures.