Part I Words by Alison Criscitiello In 2010, I set out with my dearest expedition pals, Kate Harris and Rebecca Haspel, to become the first all-female team to summit Lingsarmo/Pinnacle Peak – a 6955m peak in the heart of the Indian Himalaya. By the time we were descending from the precipitous summit, we were already […]Read more "Bikepacking the Arctic: 3 weeks of -30s from Dawson to Tuktoyaktuk"
Summertime, when our attention finally turns to barbecues, ball games…and bivies. Yes—those lightweight sleep-overs, with pared down packs and long routes ahead. Lightweight need not mean poor sleep, though, and with a little planning, you can get some good shut-eye the next time you sleep under the stars. Hear from Boulder-based Vetta Mountain Guides co-owner […]Read more "Summer Bivies: How to Eek Out Some Z’s"
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"
If you’ve been around the world of alpine skiing or seen a few ski movies during the last thirty years, you’ve probably heard the name Glen Plake at some point in your travels. He and compatriots Scot Schmidt and Mike Hattrup all made names for themselves in the late 1980s skiing things never before seen […]Read more "A Skiing Legend Explained: Glen Plake Teaches Nepali Sherpas How To Ski"
As a snowboard guide working in the heli-skiing industry, the ski pole is one of the most important tools in Eric Layton’s backcountry kit. Here’s why he made the transition to gripping sticks. In the beginning, I’d ride as long as I could, then try and slide another few hundred meters more, before breaking the poles […]Read more "Gripping Sticks: A Snowboarder’s Tool for Backcountry Travel"
to Go big and you’ll need your rest, that’s for sure. Whether you’re climbing, riding, hiking, or even doing a ski traverse this spring, at the end of the day you need to sleep. Problem is, many an adventure has been ruined by long, uncomfortable nights. Do your prep, though, and you can sleep like […]Read more "How to Get a Full Night of Sleeping Outdoors"
Carlos Buhler has built a climbing resume that spans the globe, much in the rarefied air of the Himalaya. Growing up in New York, he was introduced to the great outdoors at an early age, but it wasn’t until a trip to Europe while still a teenager that the majesty of the vertical wilderness took […]Read more "Rarefied – The Alpine Life of Carlos Buhler"
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"