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