I left in the middle of March for my annual heli ski guiding in Valdez, Alaska. I’ve been coming to Alaska for 13 years now, 10 of those have been working in the industry. Upon my arrival in AK this season, I was greeted with the open arms of El Niño. The storm door was […]Read more "What It’s Like to Be a Heli Ski Guide in the Summer"
Backcountry travel in bear country is a privilege. Seeing them in their natural habitat (and on their turf) is an invigorating experience, which is better understood from a safe distance. When we go on extended trips into their territory, it goes without saying that food storage is paramount for our own safety, as well as […]Read more "Out of Reach: Bear Smarts for Food Storage"
Words and photos courtesy of Alison Criscitiello 2016 has been an icy whirlwind thus far, and my favorite kind – ping ponging between polar ice core projects and oxygen-depleted climbing objectives. In the spring, I headed alone to the northernmost reaches of Ellesmere Island, where the Agassiz Ice Cap spills into Baffin Bay. I am leading […]Read more "Adventures to the Edge of the Earth"
Busy lives can yield big backcountry results if you do it right. Because discipline leads to freedom, we know that 9-to-5ers are versed in managing time if they expect to nail it on their weekend excursions. Knowing all the ins and outs of backcountry quick hits is beyond the scope of a blog post, but these […]Read more "The Weekend Warrior’s Way: How to Maximize Your Time Off"
By Miranda Oakley Las Vegas is the land of extremes. On one end you have The Strip where high rollers gamble away fortunes, fountains of water shoot through the air in a choreographed dance and sidewalks are filled with tourists drinking cocktails and taking selfies. On the other end you have me, perched on a ledge […]Read more "An Insider’s Guide: What It Takes to Get Your Rock Guide Certification"
All photos courtesy of Drew Smith: instagram.com/drewsplan From bomber jugs and ideal pockets to amazing overhangs and tufas on perfect limestone – climbing in Cuba is well worth the trip. Brooks-Range ambassador Drew Smith made the journey south to get in some sun and sends before returning to Yosemite’s Search and Rescue team. We caught up with Drew to learn […]Read more "Behind the Lens: A Cuban Climbing Excursion"
Many diehards continue to deny the changing of season and find their worth in the glory of skiing as many peaks as possible before all the snow melts. Good for them. Many others, however, are looking forward to the upcoming spring sunshine, and the changeup that goes with it: road trips and the pilgrimage to […]Read more "Inspired Camping and the Nuance of Simplicity"