Author Archives: Brian Sweeney

About Brian Sweeney

Computer programmer, blogger and home-brew software developer with a penchant for back-country adventures, old metal, black coffee and micro-brew.

Rallying Call!

My fellow outdoorsmen and snow sports enthusiasts,

I’m writing because one of our brethren, Jon Miller, needs our help! While not acquainted in the traditional, face-to-face, handshake fashion of yore, Jon and I bonded several years ago via this website over our shared determination that the only sane, backcountry touring rig would be a DPS Wailer mounted with Marker Lord Bindings using the novel CAST SI&I touring system.  After months of deliberation followed by an anxious wait for the manufacturing industry to catch up with our respective backcountry stoke, we each enthusiastically unleashed our new powder chasing-rigs on the New England backcountry, documenting  and loving every last bit of it.

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Glacier Revisited

During their epic 2013 sojourn cross-country, Ziehl and Catherine had the pleasure of rolling through Glacier National Park.  Looks like a hell of a place…wouldn’t it be nice to visit some day? Flash forward to Thanksgiving 2014.  Kelly and I are sitting around the remains of a holiday feast surrounded by family.  My cousin Chris, himself an avid White Mountains hiker, asks whether or not we have any big plans for the upcoming winter.  ‘Not really, but we’re thinking about going someplace cool – nothing’s congealed just yet…’, we explain.  ‘You should go see Pete in Glacier!’ he quickly suggests.  ‘Pete? Who is Pete?’ I wonder, and ‘Where is Glacier, again?  I think Ziehl’s been there, maybe…’ My Uncle Terry and cousin Chris fill us in.  Pete was a regular dude, commuting in and out of Boston, just the same as everyone else ’round these parts until he’d had enough.  He and his wife Lisa pulled up stakes and moved out to the sticks: northwestern Montana.  In fact, they found land more or less surrounded by the National Forest.  The ‘homestead’  as they like to call it, is basically off-the-grid: well water, solar and gas power, a wood stove for heating.  They’re lucky to have a road that goes most of the way to the house; they snowmobile the last leg in winter and 4-wheel it during mud season.

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