Life’s too short to let stupid quotes about “life being too short” get you down

Recently people have been throwing about the phrase “Life’s to short to do shitty X” for a few sports. You know what, it’s starting to annoy me, and is actually coming off as really elitist. Elitism: the cancer that is killing your favourite pastime. (Boasting is the nasty flu that’s kinda going around). Life’s too … More Life’s too short to let stupid quotes about “life being too short” get you down

Hack/Bodge of the Week: Fixing Ortlieb’s Crappy Pannier Mounts

The other day, Marijke got an Ortlieb Vario pannier for commuting. This fancy waterproof pannier converts into a backpack for easy carrying. Unfortunately, it uses Ortlieb’s QL3 mounting system, which turned out to be both fiddly and flimsy. Firstly, the mounting instructions are amazingly bad. As well as having no written instructions, a special prize … More Hack/Bodge of the Week: Fixing Ortlieb’s Crappy Pannier Mounts

Iwaenopuri

Iwaenopuri is the peak in the Niseko range next to Annupuri, which is the famous one with the ski resort. It’s one of the first zones to look at for a backcountry skier in Niseko desperate to escape the slackcountry hordes. First Attempt I missed first lift at Niseko Hirafu on day…I lost track of … More Iwaenopuri

Now With More Huck

Today I’m creating the “MTB” tag for the blog. Holy flying spaghetti monster, it finally happened. It’s everything I feared. In hindsight, I love going downhill too much to have held out on mountain biking forever. If kayaking is like powder skiing – all float, bounce, and slow-motion commitment, then mountain biking is like piste … More Now With More Huck

50 Words For Snow

The Eskimo may or may not have 50 words for snow, but there are plenty in English as well. Experienced backcountry travellers seek out the best snow to be found every day, like surfers looking for the best wave every morning, or climbers looking for least chossy rock. Everyone’s heard of powder, but there’s other … More 50 Words For Snow