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"
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 a […]Read more "Preparing for Spring and Summer Camping"
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"
by Miranda Oakley At times I find myself despising the comfort of my own bed. Deep into the night my warm body lays pocketed between layers of smooth sheets and down comforters. My alarm goes off at 3:30 am, just a couple of hours after falling asleep. I laid awake for most of the night […]Read more "Alone on El Capitan"