24: Garnet Mountain Forest Service Lookout, Montana

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    Addie Bedford
    BPL Member


    Locale: Montana
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    AWESOME!. Really need to rent Bear Basin Butte lookout up here now.

    BPL Member


    Locale: South East

    Very, very nice. I am loving this series.

    Thomas Gauperaa
    BPL Member


    Locale: Norway

    Love the video! Looking forward to more from this series.

    Justin Marney
    BPL Member


    Locale: Shenandoah

    Decided to re-post this in its own thread as to not incite a thread jacking. Great video Ryan, love the series!


    Great camera work Ryan! Lovely spot!

    Joe Clement
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southwest

    Just keep rubbin' it in…………..

    And do another video on Jiffy Pop, I've been trying for 40 years to make it without burning it!

    Tad Englund
    BPL Member


    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Ryan, great series- thanks for showing your food bin (though I'll never use the spam). I also applaud your understanding how the eleven year old hikes- it really helps that you spent time with this age boys before you had your own- your patience on the hike up made for a much better trip for everyone and improved your relationship with your son.

    Roger B
    BPL Member


    Locale: Denmark

    Excellent Ryan, having spent a number of years taking young persons into the outdoors my feelings and experiences completely resonate with yours.


    Aaron Zuniga


    Locale: Northwest


    Thanks for this series sharing the simplicity of Ul hiking.It's this type of info that makes getting out with only short amount of time possible, and fun; Thanks! I hope Chase didn't bring that camp chair you found in his pack =).

    Darren Johnson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

    Nice video work! I know that took you hours and hours to put together. The quality shows that. Did you use iMovie to edit it?

    Brad Fisher


    Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains

    Real nice. Enjoyed.

    Jim Colten
    BPL Member


    Locale: MN

    Very nice!
    Great message well delivered.
    Very good that the boys dictated the flow of the trip.
    Love your taste in music.

    Kathy A Handyside
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeastern Michigan

    Ryan – what a wonderful series this is! I'm so enjoying it. It's so nice to see kids in the wilderness, instead of being locked in the city or even worse, a ghetto area. I know from the hikes I remember my dad taking me on when I was little, that your son will remember these times forever. It's a very special bond.

    The more I see of the area near where you live, the more I want to move there. I currently live in s.e. Michigan, 16 miles s.w. of Detroit. In 4 years, I will be able to afford to do early retirement and am scouting out good places out west to move to. I want to buy an acre of two of land on which to put my tiny house on wheels, and be close to backpacking areas. Here where I live, it's at least a 6 hour drive to get to a good backpacking area.

    I wonder if Backpacking Light could include articles about great places to live near great backpacking areas?


    Kathy A Handyside
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeastern Michigan

    Jiffy Pop rocks! However, I can only pop it over my stove; I've always ended up burning it over a campfire. :)


    Kelly Brent
    BPL Member


    Locale: Central Texas

    Well Done Ryan!

    The video is impressive in all respects!

    Business is extremely demanding these days.

    The series truly inspires one to get away for 24 hours…

    Having a son similar in age in Scouts I find this video particularly appealing…

    It is easy to share BPL with other Scouting parents….

    May you enjoy much success!

    Mary D
    BPL Member


    Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge

    This series is inspiring! It's giving me lots of ideas on how to organize so I can go out at last-minute notice instead of spending a week in preparation (mostly food, which I should be preparing during the winter, when I don't backpack). The last-minute fast prep is particularly needed for spring and fall outings, when fair weather windows in the Pacific NW are usually very short. The series is also giving me ideas for going out with my grandkids!

    I do have some questions and comments:

    Chase's gear and clothing list? Please? (Aside from the chair–I hope you convinced him to leave it behind because there were chairs in the cabin!) With my 9-year-old grandson, it's books! How much weight does Chase carry (without chair!)? What kind of backpack?

    Ant lions are among the most fascinating of all critters! When my kids were Chase's age, they would spend the whole day "feeding" them!

    Re storage of food in the plastic bin–I've had two instances of mice gnawing through them. I think they enjoy the plastic, because in neither case did they gnaw any of the contents. Last week, some rodent got into my car parked two nights at the trailhead (how can they get into a completely closed car?). It chewed up my apple (the orange was left untouched, fortunately), chewed a big hole in a plastic bin of camping gear (fortunately didn't chew the tent inside) and chewed up a full pocket pack of kleenex. I don't understand why they like the plastic, but it's definitely not mouse-proof!

    Renting lookouts–how long in advance do you need to do this? Here in Oregon, they are very popular and you usually need to reserve months in advance–hardly a spur of the moment activity.

    Poor Maia looked so sad being left behind in her kennel! What a sweet dog! I hope you can take her along next time! After your first "24" film, I'm still trying to teach my Hysson to shake himself off on command.

    Truls Cronberg



    Mary D
    BPL Member


    Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge

    Thanks, Truls, I'll try that!

    Nicolas Costes
    BPL Member


    Be modern, use metric system ;-)

    Although the american audience may still relate more to gallons and ounces, why don't you add metric system measures?

    Why do I mention this ?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the video (weel done) and the subject, but my viewing was marred by having to stop and think several times to do the conversions in my head (like carrying 2 gallons of water), same thing when reading the gear lists.

    Mark McLauchlin
    BPL Member


    Locale: Western Australia

    Great report Ryan, really enjoyed it.

    My question…was the video shot with the Panasonic Lumix TS1?


    Tom Clark
    BPL Member


    Locale: East Coast

    Nice addition to the series, and reminder that there are all sorts of ways to get out and enjoy nature.

    Ryan Jordan


    Locale: Central Rockies

    Thanks everyone for the very nice response to the video and article! It humbles me to know that I'm striking a chord with this series.

    Nicolas – I like gallons because there's less of them. If I'd said "8 liters" then psychologically, I would have felt way more burdened because I was carrying 8 of something rather than 2 of something. 8 is heavy. 2 is not as heavy. Right? :)

    To others: some of the video was shot with the TS1, some was shot with the E-P1 and a combination of lenses. The really fancy changing depth of field shots were mostly with the excellent Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Nokton, manually focused. It's a poor photo lens on the E-P1 (can't deliver a lot of fine detail to the sensor) for enlarged photos, but it's a terrific video lens!

    The TS1 shoots good video, but creative control is really limited with that camera, and you definitely see quality degradation when you view this on a big screen in native 720p relative to the 720p of the E-P1, which is pretty good.

    Chase brought the chair. I didn't have the heart to sneak into his pack.

    I'm putting together the next episode now. Ryan Connelly and I did a very wintry traverse earlier this month with lots of snow and night hiking :)

    Mary D
    BPL Member


    Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge

    Would Chase be willing to post his gear list? Thanks, Chase, if you're willing!

    Carl Ross


    I've been to Rat Lake, good memories of fishing and bear hunting with friends who had no sleep. Thanks for bringing those to the surface.

    The lookout though, I'll avoid, too many pictures of naked men. (shudder)

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