Most skiers rave about the powder turns they got during the big dumps mid-winter, and while those moments give birth to spectacular memories, they are also fleeting. Truly great pow days are there and then they’re gone. First tracks are just that; when you’re resort skiing that blanket of fresh fluff gets cut up in […]Read more "Earn Your Turns: Tips on Corn Harvesting"
So you and your crew have reserved a hut, made time for an adventure, and you’re ready to get going—lucky you! Pulling off a fun, lower-risk hut trip requires some planning, though, so let’s dive in and think ahead to your ideal trip. Your Crew A beautiful hut, plenty of food, and epic snow should […]Read more "How to Plan a Hut Trip: Practical Advice That Will Save Your Bacon"
Swarms of skiers are turning the page to backcountry skiing. It’s a natural progression for adventurous souls who don’t want to be limited to the confines of a resort—no matter how big and challenging the terrain may be. Being in the wild environment is only the beginning. Half of the prize of heading off from […]Read more "Building Smart Habits for Backcountry Travel"
By Eric Layton It’s ski season, and that means it time to dust off and dial in our backpacks for the backcountry! Make sure you’re prepared for winter ski and splitboard trips with this comprehensive gear guide on how to properly pack for your next tour. I have often referred to my backpack as being […]Read more "Pro Tips: How to Pack for Backcountry Travel"
Busy lives can yield big backcountry results if you do it right. Because discipline leads to freedom, we know that 9-to-5ers are versed in managing time if they expect to nail it on their weekend excursions. Knowing all the ins and outs of backcountry quick hits is beyond the scope of a blog post, but these […]Read more "The Weekend Warrior’s Way: How to Maximize Your Time Off"
Responsibility in the backcountry takes many forms. Having the right tools when misadventure strikes can be the difference between a manageable task and a nightmare. Anyone who has ever gotten injured or broken a piece of equipment knows that being even a mile away from the trailhead can be a disaster to get out safely. As […]Read more "Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Explore Backcountry Rescue"
For all its beauty and allure, backcountry skiing is no joke. Between the open bowls, sweeping canyons and gladed runs that draw us into the snowy wilds, there is a serious side to leaving the resorts for new adventures. Avalanches, no matter how big or small, have the potential to injure or kill you. And […]Read more "Backcountry Know-How for the Newly Initiated"
Fall is a great time to pick up deals on gear as outdoor shops transition from their summer stock to their winter selections. But don’t be fooled into just picking up the first tent that catches your eye on the clearance rack. Too often, discounted gear ends up taking space in the garage next to the […]Read more "Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Gear for You"
By Liz Thomas My good friend Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and worked for 2 years as an AT backcountry ranger…20 years ago. Then he got a desk job, a house, a wife, and a dog and has been dreaming of the day he can do another 2,000 mile backpacking trip ever since. […]Read more "Short Thru-Hikes for the Office Jockey: Backpack and Still Keep Your Day Job"
By Kevin Tatsugawa, Brooks-Range Ambassador Brown bears (aka grizzly bears) are at the top of the food chain in North America. They are ferocious predators that are more than a match for any person. Yet they are also cute, cuddly, curious animals that often, amusingly, display human-like behavior and emotions. Encountering a bear in the […]Read more "Bear Necessities: What You Need To Know About Bear Spray"