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.
- MSRP: Starts at $6,450
- Info: gofastcampers.com
The Yeti Silo holds 6 gallons of water and is insulated so it doesn’t freeze in frigid winter camping conditions.
- MSRP: $300
- Info: yeti.com
Buy it on Amazon: Yeti Silo
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.
- MSRP: $320
- Info: thule.com
Buy it on Amazon: Thule SnowPack Extender
Zamp Solar Panel
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
- Info: zampsolar.com
Buy it on Amazon: Zamp Solar 45-Watt Panel