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"
Cover Photo: Adrain-Mathieu Morin If you were a hardcore snowboarder in the 90s it’s likely you were charging the park and pipe with distant dreams of taking your passion to the X Games. If you were Eric Layton in the 90s, you would split your own board, head to the backcountry and never look back. It’s […]Read more "Breaking Trail in the Backcountry: A Q&A with Splitboard Guide Eric Layton"
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"
If there is an eternal tool in backcountry travel, it’s the shovel. Skiers, mountaineers and backcountry guides share this common denominator as much as the freedom of the hills. Beyond the obvious role of avalanche rescue, where shovels are essential, they have myriad functionality in the backcountry, whether it’s snow pit studies, winter camping, glacier […]Read more "A Tale of Two Shovels: Brooks Range Compact and Hauler Lines"
Ski guides have the luxury of being expected to operate clinically. Within the client / guide dynamic there is a clear leader and a clear objective. There is also the understanding that there will be as big a margin of safety as is practical. I have recently been out touring with lots of friends and […]Read more "Resisting “Powder Fever”"
Christmas is a time for lists, right? “Making a list; checking it twice…” I don’t make Christmas lists anymore, but I sure make enough other lists throughout the year – places I want to go; mountains I want to climb; educational courses I seek; gear I need for trips. I truly hope that if you […]Read more "One Last List for the Year"