Bob Parks

Bob Parks

Bob Parks (@bobparks) writes from the hills of Vermont. He is an avid runner (2:54:20, Boston Marathon, 2014) and a huge fan of new inventions.

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I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry with in my backpack?

Bob Parks
Jul 10, 2013

I’m going trout fishing in Northern New England in a few weeks, but I don't know the area. What gear should I bring to reel in the fish?

Bob Parks
Jul 10, 2013

I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry with in my backpack?

Bob Parks
Jul 10, 2013

I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry with in my backpack?

Bob Parks
Jul 10, 2013

I’m training for an ultra and log some long runs in the backcountry. If I carried all my water, I’d probably be running with four pounds of fluid. Is there a lightweight filter I can carry instead?

Bob Parks
Jul 10, 2013

I’m trying to find a long-sleeve shirt that feels good while mountaineering but also looks good on a date. What have you got for me?

Bob Parks
Jul 8, 2013

On a humid night in July, I slept in friend’s hammock on the trail. The cool breezes were great, but I wondered about weight. How do they compare with other shelters?

Bob Parks
Jul 2, 2013

I’m looking for an affordable satellite communicator, something that will let me calm my family’s jitters at home with a quick note, or come into service as an SOS device in an emergency. What do you recommend?

Bob Parks
Jun 28, 2013

After my first marathon, I was so hungry, I remember eating a whole pizza. What does Kilian Jornet, who races 100 miles and more, eat?

Bob Parks
Jun 27, 2013

I’m running the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Race in July, and friends have pointed out that it may be cool at night in high elevations and hot during the day. I can’t bring a lot of clothes. What shirt should I wear?

Bob Parks
Jun 24, 2013

For safety reasons, I always leave my trip plans and return time at home. But they’re usually scrawled on a piece of junk mail stuck to the fridge. Is there a better system?

Bob Parks
Jun 20, 2013

I train barefoot at an easy pace on trails, but when I race, I tend to run fast 10K’s and 5K’s, and the asphalt isn’t friendly at that pace. What shoes should I wear?

Bob Parks
Jun 14, 2013

Since I was a kid, it’s been droned into me to carry a map and compass in the outdoors, even if it’s a backup for GPS. What’s the least I can get away with?

Bob Parks
Jun 7, 2013

I’ve heard of shoes and special boot inserts that generate electricity every time you step down. It sounds far-fetched. What’s the reality?

Bob Parks
Jun 5, 2013