Copper Canyon Traverse | Mexico, 2013

On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin “Trauma” Lichter and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 381 mile (613 km) traverse of Mexico´s Copper Canyon region. To the best of our knowledge, it was the first … Continue reading

How to Ford a River

Knowing where and how to ford a fast flowing river is one of the most important backcountry skills that a hiker can acquire. Let’s break it down into four steps:     Where to Cross? Preparation for Crossing Fording Techniques Worst-Case … Continue reading

Montbell & the CDTC

One of the coolest things about my recent trip to Colorado, was having the opportunity to sit down and chat with the folks from Montbell and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC). The Japanese based gear company will be entering into a new and exciting … Continue reading

Copper Canyon Traverse (CCT) Slideshow

On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 24 day traverse of Mexico´s Copper Canyon region. It was an eventful journey, marked by memorable characters, amazing scenery, challenging … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 4 – Batopilas to Cumbres de Sinforosa

Date:  December 6-12 ( 6 days) Start:  Batopilas Finish:  Cumbres de Sinforosa Distance: 130.5 miles (210 km) Daily Average:  21.7 miles (35 km) Total Distance:  381 miles (613 km) The Highs and Lows of the CCT We reached the fog shrouded … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 3 – Divisadero to Batopilas

Date: December 2-5 (3.5 days) Start:  Divisadero Finish:  Batopilas Distance:  65.9 miles (106 km) Daily Average: 18.8 miles (30.3 km) Total Distance: 250.4 miles (403 km) Urique High Route Leaving Divisadero, our route skirted the western rim of Urique canyon. … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 2 – Creel to Divisadero

Date:  November 27 – 30 (3.5 days) Start:  Creel Finish:  Divisadero Distance:  41.5 miles (67 km) Daily Average:  11. 8 miles (19.1 km) Total Distance:  184.5 miles (297 km) The Junkie Whilst hiking out of Creel at the beginning of … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 1 – Basaseachic Falls to Creel

Date: November 19 – 26 (7.5 days) Start: Basaseachic Falls Finish:  Creel Distance: 143 miles (230 km) Daily Average: 19.1 miles (30.7 km) Total Distance: 143 miles (230 km) The Beginning Our trip began at Basaseachic Falls (246 m / 807 ft). Located in … Continue reading

Full Length Traverse of Mexico’s Copper Canyon Region

In late November, Justin “Trauma” Lichter and I will be headed to the Copper Canyon region of northern Mexico. Our objective?  A full length traverse of the entire canyon system. The Copper Canyon is four times larger than the Grand … Continue reading