Chris C writes:
First off, I want to say thank you for your hard work in creating your mountain bike blog. Speaking of the White Mountain Peak Challenge: the amount of useful information you posted up for us to learn from is quite incredible.
It obviously has taken much thought and time to execute, but I really appreciate it. I might not make it out to the White Mountains, but I can still use so much information from just that one story (off the top of my head - the head to head Top Fuel vs SuperFly 100 Elite comparisons, the route information, the useful and fun pictures, the info about leaving water/food caches, etc all were very good ideas for me to think over).
I also like to use my money wisely and purchase the best I can for the use I intend, and that's precisely why your blog is useful to me - I can see what component you liked and what you didn't, and apply it to my situation and needs.
DIGLLOYD: I'm thrilled to know that my intent has succeeded— you have named some of the goals I had in mind in investing the effort. Thanks for supporting our site advertisers when you buy stuff— it helps support the effort.
I have your blog bookmarked as I just found it this morning, and since I really like what I see, I'll take some time to read more of your stories, but I did come up with one question to ask you:
When you made your caches in the White Mountains, did you somehow enclose/protect your water and food from varmints, like marmots?
I was wondering if you had placed the food and water inside metal ammo cans (or something similar). Did you leave energy bars/gels in the caches?
DIGLLOYD: We thought about that, but since we did it the day before, we took a chance. At one higher elevation with a high population of marmots and pikas (“Gunsight Rock”), we did put rocks over the food. We left candy bars and energy gels and sports drink mixes in all the caches, and beef jerky in the last one (which did not agree with me— bad choice).