Using Gaiters

Short, tall, junior, unisex, nylon, Gore-Tex, insulated – gaiters come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials. But they all do the same thing and that’s simply keep things off and out of your boots. Most people think of gaiters for winter outdoor activities, but they come in just as handy for keeping […]

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Backpacking Games

Whether it’s bad weather, or the end of a long day on your feet, or bugs that force you into shelter, unwinding with a game may be the perfect way to spend the evening. But what games should you pack? Forget bulky board games, think cards, or better yet, dice. 10,000 It’s a deceptively simple […]

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Gear Quality

My daughter bought a brand-new bear spray holster for her dad after the last can slipped out of a neoprene sheath, hit a rock, punctured, and covered him in a miserable, pepper-laden mist while stuck on a rock face on a short scramble. Strike one for the neoprene sheath not doing its job. Strike two […]

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Hiking Poles

Twenty years ago it was rare to see anyone on the trail with a walking stick; today it’s rare to see anyone on the trail without at least one high-tech hiking pole! Love them or hate them,  I really think that hiking poles (also called walking or trekking poles) are here to stay. What Makes […]

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American Mountaineering Museum

Who knew? A 3,500-square-foot interactive museum – the only one in the United States – dedicated to nothing but climbing and mountaineering. Open in February, 2008, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colorado, is collaborative effort on behalf of the American Alpine Club, the Colorado Mountain Club and the National Geographic Society. The […]

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Wolverines and Bears

We couldn’t believe it. From the height of a chairlift this past Sunday, we watched in awe as a wolverine trotted out of the forest and onto the groomed slope – only to dash back to safety as a skier slid towards it. The flattened bear cub-sized body, lighter stripe of fur across the forehead […]

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Avalanche Survival

A new study just released suggests that survival times for people buried in avalanches in Canada is significantly lower than those from Switzerland. One of the main reasons is the heavier snow, particularly in maritime-influenced regions. Although this study focused on data from Canada, the maritime influence on snowpacks in the North Shore Mountains above Vancouver […]

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Super Moon-light Ski

March 19th, 2011, the supermoon will rise in the night sky for all to witness. What’s a supermoon? In case you haven’t been following all the buzz about this phenomenom, the full moon will be just shy of 17,500 miles closer to Earth than its average distance. This means it will appear larger. According to […]

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Via Ferrata

Maybe it’s the fact that I have hiking in Italy on the brain. Or it could be all that I’ve been reading about the first allotment of Yosemite’s Half Dome permits selling out in ½ hour. Regardless, I’m standing in awe at the surging popularity of what is essentially fixed protection climbing routes. What is Via […]

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