Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 31 2011

It’s Volcano Season!

North side of Mt. Lassen, July 2011

More than many years in recent memory, this year there is an incredible season of the volcano going on. With record snowfall during the Ten-11 season there is still snow worth hiking for as the dog days of summer settle in. Nowhere is that more true than on the slopes of the Cascade Volcanoes, from …

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Jul 30 2011

Mt. Shasta – the Masta’

Viewed from above (looking roughly WNW from the SE side), Mt. Shasta's appeal is no secret.

Perhaps the most common reprimand that I hear comes from Shasta county locals fearing we’ll make Mt. Shasta more popular than it is. The thought that a little rag like this could have that much influence is flattering but absurd. Instead, I have a theory that the flaming cross on my front lawn carries deeper …

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Jul 22 2011

Mammut buys SnowPulse

Mammut Sports Group has bought SnowPulse. It appears the partnership first seen in the USA last January at the Outdoor Retailer Show as a Mammut branded airbag pack with SnowPulse technology has become a full fledged acquisition. From their press release: Snowpulse represents a valuable addition to its portfolio, giving Mammut access to leading technology …

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Jul 17 2011

The Sierra High Route – Panoramic Magic

Day 2 (w-e): Looking SE from XX pass.

Part of the reason it took me so long to get around to doing the Sierra High Route was a simple misunderstanding of what the trip was about. Mostly I did it because I knew it was a classic for a reason, but frankly, I couldn’t wrap my head around what it was. Indeed, to …

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Jul 15 2011

Ortovox sold to Deuter parent

Deuter’s parent company, Schwan-Stabilo, has purchased Ortovox. Finally, after more than ten years of looking for a buyer, Ortovox founder, Gerald Kampel can retire. According to Marcus Peterson, the US sales manager, “Gerald went with Schwan-Stabelo for their track record of leaving companies alone.” Schwan-Stabilo is a half-billion dollar holding company with business holdings in …

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Jul 11 2011

Review: Wonder Warmers heat pack

Click that metal tab and the wonder begins as liquid turns to solid and the reaction produces heat.

Finally, a technology I chanced upon over 20 years ago has made it to the consumer market. It is a reusable heat pack called Wonder Warmers. The Pros Wonder Warmers is a chemical in a pouch that creates heat when the liquid becomes a solid. It uses a metal disk that you click to trigger …

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Jul 06 2011

Profile: Steve Barnett – Telemark Prophet

Steve Barnett rips Sierran powder on Matterhorn Peak, 1993.

We’re in the middle of talking skis and tele and tours and gear and the state of the art back in the day compared to now when Steve unequivocally declares, shifting his voice for emphasis, “I’m not kidding, that’s probably the best backcountry ski ever!”    Steve Barnett should know. He’s been telemark skiing since …

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