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Steve Duby (JHypers) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Interior Alaska
About Me Western NY origins (ADK 46er #6464), but going on 5 years in AK. Former NPS backcountry ranger (Gates of the Arctic, Yukon-Charley Rivers), now a bush school teacher. I specialize in efficient means of travel (skiing, packrafting, UL backpacking) and am learning to push my own limits. Most recent accomplishment: one of the slowest 1st place finishers in AMWC history (2013 Thompson Pass-McCarthy).
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When in doubt, get both...or neither
I have both packs, and if I were to pick one I'd go with the Porter simply because it's a more efficient system. I've used the Epic for three solid summers of packrafting adventures, a...

In Packrafting » HMG Porter or ULA Epic
May 15, 4:04pm

Re: Cooking in the 2C
I would argue that one of the best uses for the 2C is as a 1-person winter tent, so with that use in mind I will explain my setup for cooking on the tent floor. Please keep this in mind as an &quo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 1
April 16, 5:05pm

Re: Very easy terrain indeed
Like I said, you should give the Classic a try. How well can you skate in those skis?

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
April 08, 3:22pm

Re: "very easy terrain"?
Be careful with your assumptions, Jonathan. Skiers with the franken-boot setup, sans heel pieces, won the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic 4 years in a row. Out of a field of 25 racers en...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
April 08, 11:05am

Re: obsolete = cheap
I hear a whole lot about these rando race boots, but I have to ask...have you personally toured in them for multiple consecutive days over 100+ miles? Are they warm enough on their own when it'...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
April 08, 4:31am

Re: plastic boots
I realize they were a rental, but the nice thing about plastic boots is, for some models (Scarpa is one of them) you can take the tongue off. Dynafit TLT 5/6s also have that ability. I'm intr...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
April 03, 11:06pm

2C Review
I've had the 2C for over 3 years now, and I'd have to call this an honest review. The little loop inside on the tent ceiling is such a disappointment, as you described. Just about worthle...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 2
March 19, 10:53pm

PR System
Here is the source material if any beginners are wondering about the Packraft Rating (PR) System and what it is. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/packraft_rating_system.h...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
March 16, 12:47am

Re: Re: how to packraft wrong.
"Impressive" and "scary" are subjective terms. They don't inherently define whitewater by any objective means. And fundamentally flawed? If that's your conclusion, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
March 14, 5:09pm

Re: Re: Steps 11 and beyond...
Yet another reason for beginners to examine Roman's stuff. I completely forgot to mention the PR rating scale. I think there comes a point with packrafting when you seriously have to ask yo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
March 13, 8:54pm

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