Archive | January, 2016

common snowpack tests

Common Snowpack Tests

With the growing complexity of snowpacks around the country, it’s a great time to brush up on your avalanche safety knowledge, specifically common snowpack tests. The following video presentation of snowpack tests from Bruce Jamieson and Mike Conlan from the Applied Snow and Avalanche Research Center at the University of Calgary in Alberta offers a lot of information, including tests ranging from simple… Read More

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Avalanche Systems – Managing Your Human Factor

What’s Your System? Managing Your Human Factor – Joe Stock I’ve never been caught in avalanche. Maybe it’s because I’m good at mountain travel. Maybe it’s because I maintain a healthy margin for error. Maybe it’s luck. In any case, I work hard to avoid avalanches. I’m in the snowy mountains most of winter. The odds are against me. One of the… Read More

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Avalanche Accident – A Perfect Storm

A Perfect Storm – Reflecting on an Avalanche Accident by Larry Goldie and David Waag Never have I fought so 
hard to suppress the 
overwhelming urge to panic. Before I realized what I was doing, I 
heard my own muffled screaming. I told 
myself to calm down. Again, I realized I was
 screaming. A few deep breaths later, I gained… Read More

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G3 Alpinist LT Climbing Skins

G3 Alpinist LT Climbing Skins

G3 Alpinist LT Climbing Skins Review We spend many an hour working our way uphill while backcountry skiing and our choice of climbing skins can make a big difference in our efforts on the skin track. Think lightweight and good glide. The lightweight part is obvious, but the good glide part is often overlooked in favor of grip. Today’s wide skis translate… Read More

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dps wailer 112RP2 tour1

DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Review

DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Review The DPS Wailer 112 has been a consistent crowd pleaser since its introduction. The 112mm waist hits a sweet spot for touring width and DPS has fine-tuned the profile over the years to create a refined but always energetic ski. This season they added a new edition – the Wailer 112RP2 Tour1. The Tour1 edition… Read More

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Grumpy Old Shop Guy – The Great White Highway

The Great White Highway by the Grumpy Old Shop Guy, aka Don Pattison It’s the inevitable and ponderous start to another ski season, and I’ve got a worried mind. Driving my old Jeep over the local pass last weekend, a couple of thoughts popped out – I need new wiper blades and the good December snow reminds me that a… Read More

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It’s Always a Powder Day Somewhere

It’s Always a Powder Day Somewhere The road comes and goes from my vision as the wind alternately whips the falling snow into a frenzy and wanes to let the flakes follow the call of gravity. I switch between my hi-beams and normal headlights in the hopes that the road comes into better focus as it unfolds beyond the windshield,… Read More

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