Common questions about alpine touring, answered

I have a pair of alpine downhill skiing boots, can I use those with an alpine touring (randonee?) setup? Yes How do you size normal alpine vs randonee vs telemark skis? I usually am comfortable with 160cm alpine skis…should I look for identical length tele / randonee skis? Pretty similar length between the three. Some…

Newbie’s Boundary Waters Canoe Trip

“It’s like a dragonfly riding on the back of a cockroach!” I ran over and saw this weird thing happening. When I looked around more, I found a ton of them all over the place…like on my boot. Basically, we didn’t leave for like 20 minutes as this alien spawn emerged from its carapace. These…

Mississippi River Trail ‘secrets’

Probably not a secret to locals, but I stumbled into a weird network of rock outcroppings and dirt trails that runs parallel to the Mississippi River Trail in the Cities. Doesn’t look like it’s maintained or safe at all, so proceed at your own risk. Was waiting at this bench when I noticed a little…