I have been snowboarding since 1989 so this winter will be my 20th season. I recently moved to the mountains of Bozeman, Montana where backcountry is measured in the millions of acres with countless couloirs and bowls to be carved. There are no lifts to these hills and people desiring these descents must first make the ascents. I’ve recently become the proud owner of a Prior Khyber split board, Spark R&D bindings, and Voile skins on which I will be experiencing the freedom of the hills this winter and for many winters to come.
samh's Life List
1. Hike the Maah Daah Hey trail
2. Hike the John Muir Trail
3. hike the Continental Divide Trail
4. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
5. thru-hike the Appalachian Trail
6. Hike the North Country Trail
7. Hike the triple crown (Appalachian Trail 2000 miles, Pacific Crest Trail 2800 miles, Continental Divide Trail 3000+ miles).
8. Hike the Grand Enchantment Trail
9. Race in the Arrowhead 135
How I did it: I purchased the SHTA Guidebook and joined the SHT-L listserv. I used my fledgling knowledge of ultralight backpacking and my somewhat more educated 'regular' backpacking knowledge to put together a reasonable gearlist. I prepared a couple weeks worth of food. I found some time off and hit the trail. Read how I did it…
How I did it: I began planning well over a year previous to the hike. Planning involved route choices, dietary planning, physical fitness, saving money, and gear acquisition. I spent a lot of time online gathering data from previous hikers. I also read the PNTA Guidebook from cover to cover to get a feel for how it flowed and highlighted any data I felt would help me in advance as well as on trail. Read how I did it…
How I did it: I live in Montana. I love to camp. There are millions and millions of acres of national forests, national parks, Wilderness areas, and federal lands just waiting to be explored in Montana. Get out and into 'em. Read how I did it…
The Arrowhead Winter Ultra is a non-profit human powered ultramarathon on bike, foot or skis, covering 135 miles across the Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota from International Falls near the Canadian border to Tower, MN. The course follows a scenic, hilly, State multi-purpose trail under extreme winter conditions the first Monday of February. http://www.arrowheadultra.com/
I like the idea of getting into the places and riding the terrain that a helicopter could do for a person but as I move through life I’m finding that human-powered activities are more my cup of tea. Even if it means slaving under the weight of a pack on a split board all the way up the side of a mountain, the turns I get to take will be far more enjoyable once I’ve earned them with my own sweat and labor.