Any skier worth his or her salt knows that just because chairlifts close doesn’t mean it’s a wrap for the ski season. Far from it. Sure, the dilettantes make their way to the desert for crack climbing and mountain biking, but some of skiing’s greatest treasures can be found closer to the spring equinox than […]Read more "Skiing Doesn’t Have to End with Winter"
Partnerships. They are a hallmark of the backcountry. For all of us who’ve found good companions for the mountains, the rewards are hard to nail down in words. Instead of complicated explanations why this is so, sometimes the easiest reasons work best: “We just work well together.” Well, Brooks Range has products that do that […]Read more "Partners in High Crime: 5 Backcountry Essentials"
There is no other race like it in the United States. It combines the endurance of an ultramarathoner, the strength of a downhill skier, the mental determination of a Nordic racer and stamina of an Iditarod sled dog. You must be ready to start the race at midnight and not finish until the next afternoon; […]Read more "40 Miles of Adventure: The Grand Traverse"
Full disclosure or true confessions, I love the Cascades so much my wife considers herself a widow from Mid-March to Memorial Day. The Spring Equinox means longer days, a settling snowpack, and longer tours. In the Northwest we look to the high alpine for long descents off the volcanoes, touring into the North Cascades and […]Read more "Spring Hazards"