Summer is fast upon us. Many hikers will be heading for the hills in search for solace, scenery and some sort of adventure. Whether it’s an afternoon outing or a three-week river trip, one common denominator rings true for countless mountaineers, wanderers, and explorers: the hot drink. Long before tents and tarps, the only creature […]Read more "Best Camp Brews: A Shout Out to the Hot Drink"
By Liz Thomas Everyone knows that when you carry a lighter pack into the woods, you can hike longer, stronger, faster, and in less pain. But the nuts and bolts of lightening a pack can be intimidating—how do you know you’ve got what you need to be safe when you’re entering areas far from rescue […]Read more "Fast and Light: 6 Tips to Carry Less Stuff in the Outdoors"
You’re enjoying another good long day in the mountains when you realize that those friendly clouds on the horizon are getting a little too close for comfort. Before you know it, you’re enveloped in thick fog; a whiteout. Do you know what to do? Every situation is different, but following these six tips for handling […]Read more "6 Tips for Handling Whiteout Conditions"
When icy blasts and nuking snow make setting up—and sleeping in—a tent seem like less than Type-2 Fun, think about building a snow shelter instead. With snow’s natural insulating properties, no matter how gnarly conditions get outside, the inside of a well-built snow shelter will hover around or above 32 degrees. And the more people […]Read more "Three Ways To Build An Antarctic-Grade Snow Shelter"
One of the biggest problems facing the climbing community today is the poor behavior of some climbers. Improper trail use, damaging rock faces, and crushing fragile vegetation can threaten climber access to outdoor climbing areas. Can education change behavior, ethics, and stewardship among climbers or are we doomed to a life of closed crags? Many […]Read more "How to Educate New Climbers"
Charlie Barrett is writing a guidebook on bouldering in Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows. How does one write a guidebook? Charlie explains how he ended up with this job, that it’s not as easy as it sounds, and why he thought Tuolumne Meadows would be the perfect place to write about. I used to climb routes in […]Read more "How to Write a Guidebook"
Brooks-Range ambassador Carlos Buhler is one of the leading high-altitude mountaineers in the U.S., specializing in using minimal equipment and no oxygen on his climbs. He talked to us about how he trains for his adventures using his passions. Transitioning from winter into summer activities is not the easiest physical challenge to tackle. However, with […]Read more "How To Cross Train For Your Sport"
I stare into my gear room, aka my basement, in fear and awe of the packing I need to tackle the night before my seven-day ski traverse of the Pickets Range in the Cascades. What do I need to bring? Will I forget the most important item and what is it? With so little time […]Read more "7 Packing Tips for a 7-Day Adventure"
Moisture rich storms, dumping multiple feet of snow or saturating an entire snowpack with drenching rain can create dangerous avalanche conditions. During spring, both wet and dry snow avalanches occur. If the weather changes quickly, you can expect the snowpack to do the same.Read more "Using Weather Conditions to Predict Avalanches"
Tweet #winteriscoming and you’ll see it. The fever is catching and backcountry enthusiasts are itching to dust off skis. But, even though the word is out that La Niña is gearing up for another return (read: lots of snow), we’ve still got a bit of time on our hands. What to do while we wait […]Read more "Getting Ready for the Backcountry Ski Season"