Alcove is a story about a backpacking trip that Chris Smead and Ryan Jordan took during the Spring of 2017. It explores Chris’s perspective on doing something different than what he’s used to – hiking in remote canyons on the Colorado Plateau.
Expedition & Trip Reports
Written in the classic first-person style of a mountaineering “TR”, trip reports provide factual accounting of trips taken in ultralight style by the author. Emphasis on the chronological events of the trip.
Hiking Big Bend National Park’s Outer Mountain Loop gave the author an opportunity to get out and see deserts and mountains on the same route.
Morry Steinbach, Vince Jajuga, and I completed a trip packrafting Southwest Alaska from Heart Lake in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge to Tikchik Lake in Wood-Tikchik State Park from July 29-August 5, 2016. We ran Milk Creek, paddled Chikuminuk Lake, and backpacked into the Tikchik River which we floated to Tikchik Lake. We covered approximately 82 miles (132.0 km) total over seven days of packrafting and backpacking.
Hiking the Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail, one of Ontario’s gems – is not without its challenges. Leanne tells us about its rewards, too.
Chris Smead presents “Snowshoeing Yosemite Point”, a film in 4K about a beautiful winter trek accomplished in lightweight style!
Christopher Smead tells his story in this John Muir Trail Movie – the JMT according to Chris. Read the backstory & gear notes, too.
Backpacking to Mount Assiniboine through grizzly bear country requires you to pay attention! Enjoy the final day of our journal.
The Marvel Pass Trail is one route for backpacking Mount Assiniboine. Read this journal to learn about bears, gear, and more.
Second day of an eventful trek to Mount Assiniboine via the Marvel Pass Trail in BC and Alberta, Canada. Today: grizzly bears.
Day 1: An unexpected day of adversity and uncertainty as the author begins the obscure Marvel Pass Backpacking Trail en route to Canada’s iconic Mount Assiniboine.