Archive | April, 2010

Beyond the Mountain by Steve House

Beyond the Mountain

The December issue of Off-Piste mag featured a review of Beyond the Mountain  by Steve House. Looking for some spring reading, check it out. Steve house is one of the world’s premier alpine climbers. He has set a high standard for style and achievement in the mountains. His approach to the mountains centers on a low impact, self-reliant alpine style… Read More

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Glueless Climbing Skins

I have been using a wide variety climbing skins the past couple of months. With skis getting fatter, a skin’s glide is more important than ever. I have been using, Colltex Extremes (full mohair), G3 Alpinists (synthetic), Dynafit’s inhouse skin (mohair blend), and a new glueless clipskin (synthetic) from Canadian designer/inventor Kaj Gyr. I have seen some great results with… Read More

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Avalanche Incident Survey

Backcountry Access is conducting a survey related to avalanche incidents. If you have been involved in an avalanche incident, you can participate in the survey. Find the avalanche incident survey here

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Book Review: Deep Powder and Steep Rock

Deep Powder and Steep Rock – The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser by Chic Scott Hans Gmoser was a pioneer in the world of alpine adventure. Raised in Austria during World War II, Gmoser moved to Canada at age 19 and proceeded to pursue his dreams in the mountains. He went on to claim countless first ascents including epic… Read More

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Backcountry Ski Testing

Praise be to Ullr for providing us with outstanding snow conditions the past couple of weeks here in the Northwest for our annual testing of backcountry skis. Following a rather lackluster winter in these parts, Ullr stepped up to the plate with a great mix of cold storm cycles and bluebird ski conditions. Surprise, surprise, skis keep getting fatter and… Read More

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Schuss: Homage to the Old School

I posted a short slide show from photographer Dave Heath a month or so back highlighting Kootenay ski culture.  Heath just sent us a new show that he shot im March 2010. Schuss – photographic homage to the early days of skiing Schuss from dave heath on Vimeo.

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Powder Creek Lodge Trip Report

Winter is making a late season push here in the Northwest. Double digit snowfall totals at Mt. Hood were the norm last week with more on the way this week, and this is all on the heels of my return from a backcountry hut trip to Powder Creek Lodge in British Columbia. Not sure what I did to deserve it, but… Read More

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Buried Surface hoar avalanche activity

Anyone who has been out touring recently in British Columbia, and  some western US locations too,  might be interested in checking out this gallery of avalanche activity. Incredible how low angle a lot of these are and how many look like pretty reasonable ski terrain… buried surface hoar avalanche gallery

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