Congratulations to King Thurber of Utah, Trailspace’s winner of a $1,200 backpacking gear prize from Cascade Designs, together with a Therm-a-Relaxation sleep system, MSR shelter and range, and Platypus filter.
Meet King Thurber
King Thurber (sometimes Hike King) is a lifetime musician, recording engineer, producer, and hiker. “It is with a lot gratitude that I received the Cascade Designs gear. I am over the moon,” he mentioned. We additionally realized he is nonetheless rocking a first-generation Therm-a-Relaxation pad for glamping.
We requested King to introduce himself to the Trailspace group:
I’ve from 6 years previous with my father been an outdoor man and am fortunate to dwell in Utah with the Wasatch Entrance trails a mile from the home.
My earliest adventures have been with Boy Scout Troop 4, a non-denominational group with leaders from the tenth Mountain Division (you already know, the oldsters that again countried via the Alps on 30-pound hickory skis. Nicely, it was WWII, they usually hadn’t considered carbon fiber but) and different go-getters. They taught us actual expertise, which I nonetheless use as we speak.
I made it to Life Scout and Order of the Arrow after which went to Jackson, Wyo., between junior and senior 12 months in highschool to be a musician whereas the remainder of my buddies earned their Eagle. Evidently, senior 12 months was blah, however I graduated. I stored at music taking part in guitar, getting completely different instruments for the equipment—edumacation, dwell sound, studio work, assorted bands.
Once I was lured to Alaska by associates, I renewed the Get Out There mentality with cross-country snowboarding (um, what’s a groomed path?), fly fishing (caught a salmon on a fly tied from my malamute’s tail), and even had an actual dogsled product of birch and tied with leather-based lashing (First rule in mushing—by no means let go of the sled. Second rule in mushing—by no means let go of the sled. When my canine chased a moose I didn’t and nonetheless have the bruise on my shin.) Sure, some nice experiences even above the Arctic Circle. No, I didn’t even consider climbing Denali, however do have some good slides buried someplace.
After Alaska I lived in Costa Rica for about 5 years. Outside life was principally tenting on the seashore in a Volkswagen camper van and fly fishing within the bays and rivers. I used to be very lucky to be an engineer and musician engaged on demo materials for a multi-platinum ’70s music group. Sorry, out of respect I received’t title them, however the expertise was profound and day by day I take advantage of one thing I realized.
Again in Utah within the ’90s I rededicated to attending to the excessive nation. The Wasatch mountain trails are steeper than common so good for the legs and lungs. I finally fell in with an actual mountaineer who on the time free climbed peaks far and wide, significantly the Tetons. However he was affected person with me, and we backpacked the Wind Rivers and Uintas, and hiked numerous 11,000- to 13,000-foot Nice Basin peaks. Nicely, I hiked, and he free climbed the chutes and we might meet on the summit.
I had extra time on my fingers lately because of the damndemic and began in with a renewed dedication to Music and Outside. I spotted they have been the identical paradigm—have some objectives and work day by day to construct in the direction of them. My out of doors objectives have been to revisit a few of the peaks and locations I visited again within the late ’90s.
Yup, I needed to get in form. Began strolling, then mountain climbing, then with weight within the pack. Additional and better and fairly quickly was on the summit of Wheeler Peak in Nice Basin Nationwide Park, a 13,000-foot beast/pussycat with my buddies. I achieved extra journeys within the final 12 months than it took in three years earlier. Seems when my buddy and I backpacked to Titcomb Basin within the Wind Rivers, we camped in the identical spot 25 years to the day from our first journey.
This 12 months I made a decision on one volunteer dedication. Voila! Since I used to be a Get Out There man and totally loved the Scouts of my youth, good previous Troop 4 (103 years of steady constitution) was nonetheless there. I discovered the very same caliber of leaders—actual outdoor people, a pair docs (recognized for his or her drive), and different glorious folks. Looks like a artistic individual like me can slot in in any case. The very best factor about this troop is all of the leaders are glorious, dedicated mother and father leading to a terrific group of Scouts. We get out on a camp or good hike at the very least as soon as a month and are going to backpack the Sawtooths in Idaho in mid-July for per week.
Having been within the audiovisual enterprise in Utah I additionally labored about seven cycles of the Outside Retailer present. It was a deal with and a sustenance to be on the within of the out of doors group. I made some associates and acquired to study all of the upcoming progressive merchandise like LuminAid, BioLite, Outside Coalition, and even shook Wayne Gregory’s hand (I’ve a terrific 88L Shasta). So, I assume Utah “Is the Place,” at the very least for the out of doors expertise.
After a long-winded semi-bio, I’m so grateful that I received the Cascade Designs prize. The light-weight, first-quality gear will make it simpler on my, um, mature knees and stamina within the harness. As I’ve realized rather a lot, principally about Countin’ Ounces, I’ll be posting extra evaluations throughout these adventures.
I really have relied on Trailspace for sage real-world recommendation and all the time will help your endeavors and am appreciative from my soul. Our Creator positive provides us infinite Outside Blessings!
Get pleasure from the brand new backpacking gear, King! We will not wait to see the place you’re taking it. We additionally advocate readers take a look at his music video “Gratitude” at https://vimeo.com/697792621
Cascade Designs Backpacking Package
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