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Dispatches : Oct 2012

Update: Fatbike Expedition Comes to a Quiet Halt

MuklukPhoto: Joe Bell/Flickr

On Thursday, Adventure Ethics published a story based on our investigation of the outcome of a solo fatbiking-packrafting expedition, launched this spring by Andrew Badenoch and based on a Kickstarter campaign we wrote about this past winter.

Andrew Badenoch has responded to this article and directly to me via Twitter, two direct emails, and two lengthy posts on his 77Zero website. One of these posts is a response to this article, the other recounts the various delays and logistical issues that he encountered. He also wrote a direct message to his Kickstarter backers (viewable only to backers).

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This Week's Missing Links, October 6

Cheetah: Nature's Speed Machine, by Jacob O'Neal A few facts on the cheetah, via Not Exactly Rocket Science. Go to Jacob O'Neal's website for a larger gif.

The best articles, videos, and photos I didn't post this week—until now. If you only have time to click on one link, make it, "Aftermath of a Tragedy," Devon O'Neil's detailed account of what happened on Manaslu.


Swiss court finds Floyd Landis guilty of defaming UCI chiefs, BBC

How Greg LeMond responded to the UCI's request that he change his tune, Cycling News

A Kickstarter expedition comes to a halt. Shouldn't someone be saying something? Outside

Who wants to squeeze red stag poop for water? Bear Grylls to open a survival school in Scotland. The Gear Junkie

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle worked as a surgeon on a whaling ship and clubbed seals, Yahoo News

A few words on the recovery of skier Sally Francklyn, Elevation Outdoors

Cyclists on a trail of tacks left on a New York City bridge, Gothamist

How to identify the four types of sandbagging, Adventure Journal

Brooklyn cyclist killed in hit and run, New York Daily News

Keeping goats off the trails—with paint guns, Yahoo News

There's one spot left on the ASP Women's World Tour, ASP

What happened on Manaslu? ESPN

Body of Remy Lecluse found on Manaslu, NDTV

The world's hardest rock climb just went down, Outside

A sister continues her brother's adventure legacy, National Geographic Adventure

Amazing tilt-shift images of Teahupo'o, Club of the Waves

Hollywood's best survival scenes, and the science behind what you should do in four common survival situations, Outside

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Steger Mukluks: The Ultimate Winter Boot


Steger Moosehide Mukluks are the ultimate winter boot. That’s why they’re routinely used on major expeditions in the Arctic, Antarctica, and for events like the Iditarod.

Patti Steger, Steger Mukluk owner and Mukluker-in-Chief, wore them for the first time on an Arctic expedition in 1982. That's also when she learned to sew them. By 1985, just three years after that expedition, Steger was making Mukluks out of her house for people who would provide their own leather. Now, 27 years later, she has a staff of 30, and makes 12,000-14,000 pairs every year.

One selling point that's held since the beginning: They’re twice as warm and half the weight of traditional winter boots. Made in the northern Cree Indian style, they have durable, flexible treaded rubber soles, and they stay flexible and supple for years. "Remember that flexibility, breathability and insulation are the keys to warm feet," Steger says. "One pound of weight on your feet equals five pounds on your lower back. Heavier doesn’t mean warmer."

The moosehide and canvas Arctic model is the top choice for expeditions, and Steger’s warmest Mukluk with the most aggressive sole.

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Danny MacAskill vs. San Francisco

Or maybe that should be Danny MacAskill vs. Remington. Look, I'm not criticizing the Scottish trials prodigy for selling out—mountain biking's a tough way to earn a buck, and you gotta make a living where you can. I am, however, laughing uncontrollably at the copywriters and creatives at Remington. "Superior Power. Unbelievable Precision. Unique Touch Control." I mean, somebody thought these seven words were a good reason to try and link their boring men's grooming product to MacAskill's insired riding? Don Draper would not be pleased.

—Aaron Gulley

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Expedition Watch: A Two-Horse Journey From Canada to Brazil

On July 8, 25-year-old journalist Filipe Leite straddled one of his two horses and rode out of the Calgary Stampede under the escort of the Royal Mounted Police to start a 10,000-mile, two-year-long, 12-country journey that he hopes will end on his family’s ranch in Brazil. To understand the motivations for the cowboy's quest, it helps to start with his birth. His father, a cowboy, named him Filipe because it means friend of horses in Portuguese. He rode a horse before he could walk. As a little boy, his father told him the story of Aime Tschiffely, a Swiss schoolteacher who decided to ride from Argentina to New York City in 1925 on a pair of horses. Tschiffely rode over 16,000-foot mountain ranges, down into humid tropical jungles, and slept in Indian villages on his way through Central America. He didn't make it to New York City, but landed in Washington, D.C., where he was greeted at the White House by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928. “Of high adventures, hairbreath escapes, and deeds of daring, there were few; yet in all the annals of exploration I doubt if any traveler, not excepting Marco Polo himself, had more leisure than I to see and understand the people, the animals, and plant life of the countries traversed,” said Tschiffely in an article about the expedition.

Leite said Tschiffely's journey inspired him. The Brazilian hopes to chronicle his expedition in a documentary. For now, he is resting in Delta, Colorado, roughly 1,000 miles from his start in Canada. He estimates it will take him another a year and nine months of riding before he arrives home at his family’s ranch in the small town of Espirito Santo do Pinhal, Brazil. “My horses will be retired there where they will enjoy fresh water and green grass for the rest of their days,” says Leite. “I'm giving them to my little sister. She's six years old now and will spoil them to death.”

We caught up with the cowboy by email to find out a bit more about his journey.

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