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"
Responsibility in the backcountry takes many forms. Having the right tools when misadventure strikes can be the difference between a manageable task and a nightmare. Anyone who has ever gotten injured or broken a piece of equipment knows that being even a mile away from the trailhead can be a disaster to get out safely. As […]Read more "Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Explore Backcountry Rescue"
For the last 10 years, Miranda Oakley’s endless enthusiasm for rock climbing has taken her all over the world. Just last year she completed a 27-hour solo ascent of El Capitan, put up an FA in northern Patagonia (5.12c) and completed an onsight free ascent of The Rainbow Wall in Red Rocks (5.12a). So when […]Read more "Cragging through Colombia with a Yosemite Crusher"
We’ve come a long way since the hardman days of hemp ropes, homemade portaledges and hobnails. Yes, the hardmen and women still exist, but let’s be honest, we’ve moved past the self-imposed austerity of eating cat food with a piton. No matter. The thrill of self-discovery in the mountains is as true today as it […]Read more "The New Drift 20: A Roomier All-Round Sleeping Bag"
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"
Words: Brooks-Range founder Matt Brooks / Header Photo: Shawn Heinrichs “C’est bonne!” Our local guides, Pierre and Marino, flashed us two thumbs up as we emerged from the water after successfully deploying a custom Fastloc-GPS satellite tag on a male manta ray with a wingspan approaching ten feet. We had been diving the reefs of Ouvea […]Read more "Mantas, Angels and Kanaks: A New Caledonian Odyssey"