Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Things to Consider Before Cycling Across America

Things to Consider Before Cycling Across America
Justin Marrus is an experienced New York City attorney who has been a senior district attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office since 2011. Outside of the professional arena, Justin Marrus is an avid cyclist and camper who once traveled across the United States by bike unsupported.

Over the years, many people have made the transcontinental cycling trip on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and through other extended routes. These people have amassed a number of key tips to educate and inform others in advance of this grueling and potentially perilous trip.

First and foremost, experts recommend doing extensive research on every stretch of one’s proposed route to ensure that it is safe and that it contains the specific amenities needed at that stage of the journey. Even if one plans to camp for the majority of one’s trip, it is wise to line up several indoor sleeping options in advance, as cross-country cyclists almost always appreciate the occasional soft bed and warm shower.

The second major thing to consider is what to pack. Like other cross-country cyclists, National Geographic Travel contributor Tyler Metcalfe recommends packing extremely light. As far as gear goes, cross-country cyclist and bicycling contributor Caitlin Giddings recommends spending extra money on a high-quality, all-weather sleeping bag.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

When to Choose a Double Boot For Mountaineering

Justin Marrus is an established legal professional who holds court responsibilities in Brooklyn as senior assistant district attorney. An outdoor enthusiast, Justin Marrus has a passion for mountaineering and particularly values the La Sportiva double boot in frigid weather.

When deciding between a lightweight boot and a double boot, the most important things to consider are altitude, season, and weather conditions. Breaking a trail when snow is deep can be extremely cold on the toes, particularly in wetter climates, and a double boot is essential for any lengthy slog through fresh snow.

Another consideration is whether the hike involves camping or is in a location such as the European or New Zealand Alps, where mountain huts are common and day excursions are taken. If it is possible to comfortably dry out boots at the end of the day, then the lighter and more flexible single boot may be best. It pays to be conservative, however, and choose the double boot if it is possible that cold, wet weather becomes a major factor.