This week's bonus episode of "The Fifty" answers one of the most eagerly asked questions. Take a behind the scenes look into Cody Townsend’s custom rig that he lives in all season as he travels around North America in his mission to climb and ski all 50 lines detailed in the book, “50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.”

If cars could talk, Townsend's 2019 Ford Ranger would have some stories to tell. To shlep himself and all his gear around, Townsend tricked out his rig with custom innovations and the latest in car camping to make it the perfect ski mobile. This bonus episode also gives us a sneak peek into cinematographer Bjarne Salén’s rig with a special guest appearance from “successful ski bum” and professional climber Jimmy Chin.

Catch up: The FIFTY Episode 24: Mt. Shuksan, Wash. 

Watch: The Fifty Bonus Episode

Watch next: 'Peak Obsession', A Fifty Project Short Film

The Fifty Rig: Gear

Go Fast Camper

“I fell in love with this thing, it is by far the most utilitarian truck bed living system,” says Townsend. “I found essentially I needed two things, gear storage and a place to sleep and this absolutely nails it.” For Townsend, a big key to his whole rig is gear that can serve a dual purpose.

Yeti Silo

Yeti Silo 6 Gallon Cooler

Yeti Silo 6 Gallon Cooler

The Yeti Silo holds 6 gallons of water and is insulated so it doesn’t freeze in frigid winter camping conditions.

Buy it on Amazon: Yeti Silo 

Thule SnowPack Extender

Thule SnowPack Extender

The Thule SnowPack Extender

For maximum space optimization, Townsend opts for the Thule SnowPack Extender. Not only does it clear up truck space for necessities, but it also extends for easy access to skis.

Buy it on Amazon: Thule SnowPack Extender

Zamp Solar Panel

Zamp Solar Panel

Zamp Solar Panel 45-Watt Portable Kit

The Zamp Solar Panel covers all of Townsend’s charging needs, from phones to Go Pros while reducing his carbon footprint. 

  • MSRP: $100-$700, price varies based on product
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Buy it on Amazon: Zamp Solar 45-Watt Panel

Tune in every two weeks to follow Townsend as he attempts to ski 50 Classic Lines in North America. You can also follow the project via Instagram.


McGown Peak sign

The FIFTY Episode 25: McGown Peak, Idaho

Cody Townsend sets out for another line and reveals the logistics behind his missions.

Cody Townsend The Fifty Episode 14: Middle Teton

Cody Townsend's Web Series The Fifty Returns

Follow Cody Townsend as he tackles the Middle Teton on his quest to climb and ski all 50 classic ski descents of North America.

Cody Townsend skis Mt. Moran

The FIFTY Episode 27: Mt. Moran, Wyo.

Could this be the best line yet of Cody Townsend's Fifty Project?

Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad scope out The Sickle

The FIFTY Episode 26: The Sickle, Idaho

Cody Townsend introduces one of the best freeskiers of all time (his wife) to mountaineering in the Sawtooth Mountains.

Cody Townsend skiing down Wilson Peak

The FIFTY Episode 18: Wilson Peak

Cody Townsend checks off his 18th line of the Fifty Project.

Cody Townsend climbing Watson's Traverse

The FIFTY Episode 19: Watson Traverse

Cody Townsend battles an impending storm and melting glaciers.

Townsend leads the pack as they approach the summit.

The FIFTY Episode 22: Mt. Timpanogos, Utah

“The Fifty” returns for another season as Townsend and crew attempt The Cold Fusion Line in Utah.

An early morning skin at the Maroon Bells.

The FIFTY Project Episodes 15/16: North Maroon Peak and Holy Cross Couloir

Cody Townsend checks off two of Colorado’s most challenging lines.