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Britzen Roen

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  • @hopeless_diamond Hey, if you find some time, I found this youtube vid of the backyard. I wanted to do this loop last year from the cabin to the airstrip, then drop down onto the eastern side on the Lolo Motorway where the pack Lolo/Magruder pack camped last summer, with an option to bomb back down to the homestead. Or, if ran counterclockwise,…[Read more]

    • I think 6 minutes was about right, it’ll be interesting to see how this year pans out.

      Air strip looks cool, found it on Google Maps and how to connect to the Lolo. Lot of of routes and opportunities in that area. What do you figure, 4 -5 days for the loop?

      • The part I am not completely sure of is from the JCT of 500 (Lolo Motorway) toward the airstrip to Kelly Cr., in regards to time. I’d say better the part of a day.

        It could be an ala carte type deal, and I know the following-

        – The Hillbilly Hilton ( my place) has several awesome routes to Pierce, including some of those I posted last summer…[Read more]

  • Britzen Roen replied to the topic Winter Hammock systems in the forum General 1 week ago

    It’s been 13 yrs since the last time I set foot on Whitney. I spent more time on Shasta, living in snowcaves for a week or so to b/c snowboard. I wish I knew of Reflectix back then, though usually two closed cell pads would suffice. The Reflectix lasts much longer than those old mylar E-blankets, and less noisy!

  • Britzen Roen started the topic Winter Hammock systems in the forum General 1 week ago

    I saw a few hammock setups/comments doing a quick search, I’m new to the hanging game, but am slowly dialing in a system.

    This Winter has turned dismal and we’re down to just a few feet of snow.  Snowcaving, my winter go-to, has slim options at best. I’m so glad I picked up a hammock to try out as a 4 season backup/alternate sleep system in the b…[Read more]

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  • We’re in heavy recovery season right now up here, averaging 2-3 a week on our mountain road up to the cabin. While not tools, per se, I’d add about three pairs of those nitrile dipped work gloves, a gallon of de-icer or some vodka, and a closed cell foam pad. I keep these in all the rigs, overland or not.  Those gloves really help keep dexterity…[Read more]

  • Haven’t been racking too many “overland” miles the past month with all the white stuff, for if we don’t stay on the forest road clearing, we may not be able to get back to the cabin. Spending more time overlanding with snowshoes and skis, dialing in a 0F hammock system. And today, building a snowcave for the New Year. Hope every has a safe and…[Read more]

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  • Anytime between mid-May and mid- October this area is open for certain. We’re always up for a ride. I found three more former closures yesterday, some primo Elk hunting and the trails were just wide enough for a full size; the varied terrain of rolling doubletrack, mud bog and decomposed granite through thick forest. We’re usually snowed in from…[Read more]

  • Been busy hunting, firewood cutting and scoping trails for my mtn biking and winter activities. The FS opened a few roads that have been closed off for several years, and by the looks of it, I’m the only one using them. Found this little gem doubletrack, which I can connect to trails all the way to MT.  She rolls up along a 70+ degree slope for a…[Read more]

  • Thanks for posting this Steve, and congratulations on passing! Being a simple cavewoman, it will take me a while to figure this out, I may hit you up. We actually have better luck hitting Spokane repeaters than our local ones due to the canyon and our elevation, so this may work.


    The Yeti got a new callsign, too!

    K6YTI  (K6Yeti)

    Kilo 6…[Read more]

  • Indeed, We’re both on the Fire Dept. and Ellis is AEMT, retired S&R, dive team, etc. He comes in handy now and then 😉

    Stay safe!

  • We outfit all our rigs for self-supported travel and rescue, with emphasis on rescue and survival. The group on the Lolo/Magruder run know the steep terrain up here. In the last seven days, we’ve had three Fire/EMS tone-outs for accidents on the exact same curve, one fatal; a smoke jumper succumbed to his injuries going off the edge in another…[Read more]

  • This is exactly why we had everyone pull onto the apron of the property and chill at the eclipse event, have a beer, etc. until the exhaust cooled down. We felt better having that IBC full of water with charged lines, couldn’t take any chances.

    But evacuation routes are the exact reason why I started overlanding; In 2015,  all points for a…[Read more]

  • Monty Ellis and I are sending regrets for this month’s meeting. With this critical fire period, we’re staying close to our area in case we get a toneout from our Department. Hopefully, the October outlook will allow us to attend.

  • John and Aaron, I’m getting pretty ramped up for exploring your area. I’ve only been along the 5 and Olympic Peninsula for in western WA.

    So, between my day flip from the eclipse to the Montana and Boundary Waters trip, as well as flapping my gums, I forgot to tell folks to feel free to drop a line. It can be either public or private, on issues…[Read more]

  • Sweet! I thought you guys were in Tacoma. Is that your backyard?  I’m coming over, but around here, I’ll be bringing a good ole macrobrew. 😁

  • And we are in a diametrically opposed situation. Trail Life is our life, but we need to decompress after going to populated areas.  We are exhausted and overstimulated even going to a town of 600, but we use the same principles to get to normal.

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  • This is a great list; as a veteran of the Burn and living how we do, these points are spot on. The vinegar is only necessary if you are in alkaline areas, water with some witchhazel works in other soils.

    Thanks for posting.

  • I just got back into enjoying my brews you graciously gifted me. Sp far I’d have to say it’s a tie between the Odin IPA, which Ellis and I almost arm wrestled over, and the Beer Run that Ed threw down. Yet another incentive to get you flatlanders back to my hood- good beer!


    P.S. Rumor has it the former Sheriff down in Lewis County is…[Read more]

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