Hi, I'm Kevin.  I'm a triathlete and mountaineer, among other things.   This is where I get to share my adventures with you.  

 

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A Life Well Lived

I haven’t done everything, but it’s on my list

Welcome!  This is where I get to share my adventures with you.  Check out my trip reports, gear reviews, how-to, and training tips.  

February 20, 2018

So, you've committed to a climb of Mt. Rainier, now you've got to get in shape if you want to have any chance of making the summit. 

Where to begin?

First things first, let's look at what you'll be expected to do during the climb:

  • Hike up 5,000 vertical feet...

February 5, 2018

1.  Recovery

This is arguably the most important part of your training routine.  Your body gets stronger when you recover from workouts, not when you actually do the workouts.  Recovery time will depend on the duration and intensity of workouts.  Easy workouts will only...

January 15, 2018

Climbing Mt. Rainier requires a lot of gear.  There's really no way to go 'ultralight' in the same way you can with backpacking.  But by choosing quality, lightweight gear, you can keep your pack weight low and yet still be adequately prepared for any situation you mig...

January 1, 2018

The new year is nearly upon us, and (as anyone who's a regular gym-goer can attest) that means that gyms are about to get really busy.  With the new year comes new year's resolutions - resolutions to do something better than you did the previous year.  A lot of times t...

December 28, 2017

There are many reasons why you might choose to climb solo.  Finding reliable climbing partners can be hard, plus it allows you to practice over and over and doesn't require you to spend any of your time belaying.  For these reason, and others, I chose to do most of my...

December 18, 2017

When it comes to general mountaineering, there are really two options when it comes to crampons: 10-points and 12-points.  When you're first starting out, it can be hard to know which one will be best, and unless you've done a lot of research, the difference certainly...

November 28, 2017

Still deciding what to get someone for Christmas?  Or maybe you need some last minute ideas to add to your list.  

1.  Black Diamond Swift Ice Axe - $190

With a T-rating and an adjustable pinky rest, this piolet can take you to places no other piolet can.  Capable o...

November 22, 2017

Tent poles may last a long time, but the shock cord doesn't.   Eventually it becomes permanently stretched out and no longer holds the poles sections together.  I have a Kelty Quartz 2 tent that I've been using since about 2004.  The shock cord has become worn out and...

November 15, 2017

Earlier this year Eddie Bauer released the a new down jacket called the Evertherm.  Instead of standard down fill, it uses a manufactured sheet of material made from real down clusters.  They claim that it is even warmer than their standard down jacket - the Downlight...

November 3, 2017

By this time of year, most of us have finished our racing seasons and are beginning to think about next year's big events.  It's also starting to get colder and darker, meaning more indoor training for most of us.  One of the best things to focus on right now is cyclin...

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