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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft on 09/22/2009 14:14:44 MDT Print View

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Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Bob Marshall & Tenkara on 09/22/2009 17:11:58 MDT Print View

Beautiful photo essay, Ryan!

But this is what got me going:

"My name is Ryan, and I'm a Tenkara addict. So much so, in fact, that Backpacking Light and Tenkara are partnering to develop a brand new version of the Tenkara rod designed specifically for backpackers."

Can you tell us anything about the new rod? It's hard to imagine a better rod for backpacking then the Tenkara Daniel already has!

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
the Bob on 09/22/2009 18:09:30 MDT Print View

very nice trip indeed

the "Bob" (Great Bear too) were my old (old as in 20 years ago) stomping grounds - looks like nothing has changed much (that's a very gratifying feeling knowing that in another 20 years it will still be about the same)

a Middle Fork bull trout would really give your Tenkara a work out :)

Mike

Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
Fabulous pics! on 09/23/2009 01:53:16 MDT Print View

You took some great pictures here, very professional, with great color and depth of field, still shots (tripod?). I found myself wondering how could this be achieved lightweight. What was your photo kit, both pre- and post-production?

joe newton
(holdfast)

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: "Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft" on 09/23/2009 02:37:30 MDT Print View

Simply stunning Ryan. Great adventure and brilliant photos.

The addition of a packraft and fishing gear really add depth to the wilderness experience which too often has us leaving this sort of equipment behind as we strive to shed grams. A great new perspective. Thanks for sharing.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Nice on 09/23/2009 11:29:38 MDT Print View

Really nice job. Epic photos.

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
A nugget! on 09/23/2009 15:15:32 MDT Print View

"So much so, in fact, that Backpacking Light and Tenkara are partnering to develop a brand new version of the Tenkara rod designed specifically for backpackers."

Oh, visions of sugarplums, trout, and frankenstein!! I can't wait!

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft on 09/23/2009 20:28:43 MDT Print View

Sweet pictures and tantilizing glimpses of route choice consequences in the upcoming "Le Parcour de Wild". Thanks for the subtle beta Ryan. I'm totally excited about traversing the Bob Marshall in two weeks.

http://www.parcourdewild.org/pdwblog/?p=9

Heidi Ahrens
(HeidiAhrens) - F
with children? on 09/23/2009 20:48:18 MDT Print View

Thank you for the inspiration. I wish to do that kind of trip one day with my daughters and keep a record of possible trips. What do you think doable with two young children?

http://outdoorbaby.net

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Fabulous pics! on 09/24/2009 14:06:16 MDT Print View

@andreww - These photos were taken with the Sigma DP2, and I did have a small tripod with me - a cheapie Sunpak XL1000 (I think I bought it at Target a few years ago), weighs only about 6 oz after modifying it, and it has a height of 18 inches or so, which is nice for getting above the grasses. My post production workflow is based primarily on Lightroom. I have some automation built into my imports, and they are customized for each camera/lens combination. I may spend a little time afterwards on some images in Photoshop as well, to add something like a graduated ND gradient or remove the errant moth from my skies :)

The other cameras that I spend the most time shooting with are the Olympus E-P1 and the Panasonic TS1.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Custom BPL Tenkara Rod on 09/24/2009 14:08:02 MDT Print View

Regarding the new Tenkara Rod, it's a new model (their lightest yet!) that will be offered exclusively through Backpacking Light ... it has some neat features (notable: less than 3 oz, and very compact)... I'll post some photos and info about it next week, I'm mired in end of week administration work now! :)

bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
Thank you ryan! on 09/24/2009 21:41:08 MDT Print View

Your pictures are superb. Love the Bob. Rock On! Waiting for details on the pole. I use a modified ice-fishing rig or hand lines.

I am so looking forward to the trek of my dreams starting at Gibson reservoir at the southern end of the Bob and then walking the CDT (for the most part) to the beginning of the milk river (St Mary's Drainage) on the east side of Glacier Park. From there we packraft through two nations in two days. Stop in Milk River, Alberta on the way through (I live on the Milk River in MT.) Finish in Fresno Reservoir for a good old fashioned fish fry.

Would a bunch of hippies make it through the border?

The Monkey Wrench Gang :)

Edited by lilorphanbilly on 09/24/2009 21:53:32 MDT.

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Bivy opinion on 09/25/2009 08:16:09 MDT Print View

Ryan, I've got a gear-related question for you if you have a minute.

I'm thinking of becoming a bivy user. In particular, I plan on using a bivy on bald peaks above treeline. Now that you've been using a bivy for some time, can you comment on the durability of the all eVENT bivy bag? (I think that's the one you're using...)

Does the bottom abrade easily? Do you use a ground sheet to protect it?

I'm trying to decide wheter to get one that is all eVENT or one with an eVENT top and more durable cordura bottom.

Thanks. And great photos, by the way. Looks like an amazing area.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: Bivy opinion on 09/25/2009 08:51:08 MDT Print View

Ryan has a customized version of the microbivy. That's the one with the more durable bottom. Ryan's has a spinnaker bottom though.

Dana Sherry
(dsherry) - M

Locale: Mi Upper Peninsula
trip on 09/27/2009 07:34:01 MDT Print View

sweet trip, and thanks for sharing your passion for the Bob. I'll add it to my list of destinations.
Dana

Jon Loevner
(JLoevner) - F
Spotted Bear River on 11/19/2009 15:15:50 MST Print View

Anyone packrafted down the Spotted Bear?