“The client must never see the guide eat, drink, or change his clothing,” declared the Swiss-German mountain guide. Compact, steely-eyed, utterly convinced of every word spoken from his mouth, this gentleman issued declarations in steady stream, for any intimidated wanna-be to record. And I, being an intimidated wanna-be, listened to every word, but how was […]Read more "The Alpha Softshell: A Guide’s Take"
Words by Brooks-Range Ambassador Miranda Oakley. January 2017 I set out to have an adventure in the Middle East. I hoped to come back with a story that people wanted to hear. A story that inspired people to use climbing to connect people despite their differences. Like most climbers, I struggle to confront reality. I […]Read more "Climbing in Conflict: A Journey Through the Middle East"
This is the second installment of Alison Criscitiello’s story of an Arctic bicycling adventure from Dawson in the Yukon northward to the Arctic Ocean. On the last day of March, we cycled through the coldest section yet, over the frozen Peel River and into McPherson. But as luck would have it, we were just […]Read more "Bikepacking the Arctic: Cruel Headwinds to Broken Bike Rims"
Part I Words by Alison Criscitiello In 2010, I set out with my dearest expedition pals, Kate Harris and Rebecca Haspel, to become the first all-female team to summit Lingsarmo/Pinnacle Peak – a 6955m peak in the heart of the Indian Himalaya. By the time we were descending from the precipitous summit, we were already […]Read more "Bikepacking the Arctic: 3 weeks of -30s from Dawson to Tuktoyaktuk"
Summertime, when our attention finally turns to barbecues, ball games…and bivies. Yes—those lightweight sleep-overs, with pared down packs and long routes ahead. Lightweight need not mean poor sleep, though, and with a little planning, you can get some good shut-eye the next time you sleep under the stars. Hear from Boulder-based Vetta Mountain Guides co-owner […]Read more "Summer Bivies: How to Eek Out Some Z’s"
Most skiers rave about the powder turns they got during the big dumps mid-winter, and while those moments give birth to spectacular memories, they are also fleeting. Truly great pow days are there and then they’re gone. First tracks are just that; when you’re resort skiing that blanket of fresh fluff gets cut up in […]Read more "Earn Your Turns: Tips on Corn Harvesting"
If you’ve been around the world of alpine skiing or seen a few ski movies during the last thirty years, you’ve probably heard the name Glen Plake at some point in your travels. He and compatriots Scot Schmidt and Mike Hattrup all made names for themselves in the late 1980s skiing things never before seen […]Read more "A Skiing Legend Explained: Glen Plake Teaches Nepali Sherpas How To Ski"