Monthly Archives: December 2010

Interview: NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis dishes on climate, politics, and watering giant sequoias

December 21, 2010  |  In National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis calls climate change “the greatest threat to the integrity of the national park system that we’ve ever faced.”

In an exclusive interview with The Big Outside for my book on parks and climate change, he talks about how the National Park Service is responding to the climate threat, and the possibility of employing drastic measures like irrigating giant sequoia trees. Continue reading →

Video: How to Pitch a Tent Using Stones

December 11, 2010  |  In Backpacking, Paddling, Skills   |   Tagged , , ,   |   Leave a comment

On a rocky beach during a five-day sea kayaking trip in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, I demonstrate how to stake out a tent using stones when the ground won’t accept stakes.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Soloist Winter Glove

December 1, 2010  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Black Diamond Soloist

Winter Glove
Black Diamond Soloist
$110, 9 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XL, women’s XS-L
blackdiamondequipment.com

Routinely getting cold fingers is a real drag when you like to ski fresh backcountry powder. I’ve tried a lot of gloves over the years, looking for ones that will keep my fingers from turning white, not cost a fortune, and allow me reasonable dexterity. For most of last winter and my first days on snow this winter, skiing the backcountry and resorts from Idaho’s Boise Mountains to Oregon’s Wallowas, I’ve pulled on the Soloist for cold days and never suffered painful digits. Continue reading →