Working for a living (Part 3, days 4-5)-Xroads

I was feeling the effects of the first three days (Day 1, Days 2-3) on the fourth day when I had to hump all my gear up and over a pass to a new Bivy. It was exciting to get a change of scenery, but the pack was heavy as I was carrying gear for the days trapping plus all my overnight kit plus the damn laptop and Ipad and book and journal that I’d decided to bring (the former two having long since become little more than dead weight).  I tried to convince myself that it was good training, and maybe it was, but man it was hard work!   But once at my new digs I got to lighten my load and explore some cool country, including some wicked and precipitous ridges on the last day.

A ridgetop path straight out of LOTR. Wicked!

A ridgetop path straight out of LOTR. Wicked!

Burning the midnight oil...

Burning the midnight oil…

Glassy eyed, up-nosed self portrait on the morning of day 5.

Glassy eyed, up-nosed self portrait on the morning of day 5.

Tools of the trade--eggs, raw meat, and a drill.

Tools of the trade–eggs, raw meat, and a drill.

Looking south, planning future swim runs!

Looking south, planning future swim runs!

A nice tortuous ridge to walk on the last day.

A nice tortuous ridge to walk on the last day.

Even after 5 days of sun, the place was still wet and verdant!

Even after 5 days of sun, the place was still wet and verdant!

X-roads biv. Home sweet home.

X-roads biv. Home sweet home.

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  1. Truly beautiful, Andy. Thank you for sharing these. When you’re job’s an adventure in itself, it’s a sign you’re doing everything right.

    I see the book is now sports a new cover. Is there new/revised content as well or just new cover art?

    • Geoff, sorry for the delay in replying! The comments apparently need approval so I hadn’t seen them. But better late than never. Just got back from another Secretary trip a couple weeks ago. This time I was getting snowed on and soaked to the bone for three days, shivering uncontrollably when I stopped moving, and dealing with hot-aches in my fingers on one occasion. Just a different type of fun! (:

      The book had a few updates but nothing major–the nutrition chapter changed a bit and there were a few tweaks and stories based on more current adventures, but the thrust remained the same.

      I’m now working on a new book with a colleague, but it’ll be a while yet in coming as we’re both pretty busy. It will definitely reflect a bit of ageing on my part in both philosophy and body. That being said, the HIIT stuff is still working well for me–managed to compete in GODZone this past March and ended up with a 7th place finish in one of the most competitive expedition races ever, so we were really pleased (and surprised–hadn’t tested the fitness in a while!)

      Cheers,
      Andy

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