Tuesday, April 01, 2014

fool's errand

With the promise of spring comes a craving for adventure in the Southern Appalachians. As the clock ticks, the opportunity for such adventure remains up in the air. Preparing for our move, we work to downsize our existence into a sub 200 sq. ft. house. The words ultralight and multipurpose take on new dimensions in our lives. There's not much closet space at all. So our stuff needs to be small and do lots of things...

Yesterday afternoon, when getting ready to (literally) run some errands with Uwharrie, I realized that I could use a small pack to carry wallet, phone and reusable grocery bags. I also realized that by simply detaching the hip belt pockets to the sub 60 fast pack, I had such a pack, and that it was in line with our lifestyle. Good stuff. As of April Fool's, the last of the 59 manufactured kits are (mostly) ready for shipment. When they're gone, they're gone, and probably so are we!

Ideally, I'll be able to fast pack the SALT as sort of a farewell tour with a production pack before leaving. But then again, things are up in the air at the moment, which is okay. Speaking of SALT, many thanks to Brad for the awesome poster maps of the route with 100% proceeds going to the completion of the loop!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

springer fever...

The fast packing season starts early... Go Kevin!

Saturday, March 01, 2014


After six months of picking away at it, the first production run of the Sub 60 Fast Pack is now available.
But it doesn't feel quite right spending all day on a beautiful Saturday putting kits together to ship out...
So I might do what was done two weeks ago with 4Trunks and Clay and take one for a spin...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

rock house

There is a rock
That has been a house
For many creatures, humans too.
And this rock has always been open
For thousands of years besides a stream.
This stream flows through the rhododendron
It flows down to a river called the Middle Saluda.
We rediscovered this rock house just yesterday.
It was one of those glorious sunny days of winter.
But today, back in a nearby cold city, the snow is falling.
My Heart tells me about men in the public library:
These men who nod off by the newspapers.
It’s closing time, but they do not budge
Their possessions in plastic bags.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

southern ruck

A week from today, I will be giving a talk about the SALT at the Southern Ruck at NOC and donating a sub 60 fast pack prototype to the raffle to benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and ALDHA (pictured above). Similar locally made and custom-fitted packs will be released later this spring, please stay tuned...

There will also be a presentation on SALT at Mojo in Asheville at 6 PM Thursday, the 23rd. There's a lot of interest in the Missing Link. Hopefully a wilderness corridor and connecting trail can be established between DuPont and the Mountain Bridge Wilderness. It would be a great asset to this region!

Monday, December 30, 2013


The last months of 2013 have been ones for new and old endeavors alike. More than ever, the dark of winter has ushered in a period of rest and recuperation. We’ve been letting hibernation happen while counting our blessings to have two moms who cook and feed us so well over the holidays.

A record number of people joined Uwharrie and me on the winter solstice for a wet and windy traverse of the Art Loeb Trail (my 13th and U-dog’s 7th). Meanwhile, Lily has been documenting the construction of our new house on her blog. Yes, we are building a house! It’s a tiny house, but a house nonetheless.

Before leaving the Southern Appalachians and moving ourselves and our tiny house to Gainesville, FL next summer, I hope to get out for a few more Appalachian adventures. One possibility is a repeat fast pack on a familiar loop trail, which will hopefully become more of a reality through recent efforts with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

Want to join in?

Happy 2014!