Tag Archive: Backcountry

Oct 29 2014

Backcountry Mag celebrates 20 years

Backcountry is 20 years old.

  Get it while you can because this issue will be a collectors item. Yeah, I’m talking ’bout my former competitor, Backcountry Magazine. They made the grade and lasted 20 years. What’s more, they’ve been following the mantra of a good backcountry soldier by just steadily chipping away and making their mag better with each …

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Aug 03 2014

Sierra Club to add Ward Hut near Truckee

The area under consideration for Ward Hut.

  The last time the USFS and the Sierra Club agreed to allow man’s footprint to become established far from the road in California was in 1993. At that time the 35-year-old Bradley Hut was being removed because Congress created the Granite Chief Wilderness area and the hut was inside the new boundary. Never mind …

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May 26 2014

Technique: Stealth glading & construction

Joe Bob's semi-portable summit bench/shelter.

  Let’s just call him Joe, for the sake of obscurity. Joseph Robertson if you must know his full name. Friends call him Joe Bob for short. He’s a trouble maker from way back. One time he managed to rally over a 100 snowboarders to the top of some peaklet in the Cascades and the …

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Apr 15 2014

BCM’s Gear Test: A Family Affair

One of the many test posse's headed out to "test" skis.

Beer – it’s not just for breakfast anymore. When you read the dispatches from the Backcountry Mag crew on the status of their annual Gear Test week at Powder Mountain resort you can’t help but think what a party scene the whole affair is. Indeed, a festive atmosphere does dominate the whole scene. How could …

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Apr 14 2014

Testing AT boots at Mt. Bachelor w/ABB

The BC boot test team - Bob Egeland and Dostie at Mt. Bachelor, OR.

  The annual ski boot test run by America’s Best Bootfitters for Ski and Skiing magazines was held last week at Mt. Bachelor. Conditions were classic spring with creamy corn conditions on all aspects allowing testers, a hodge-podge group of boot fitters, friends of fitters, and manufacturers, to put their feet inside more than 100 …

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Mar 24 2014

Powder Mountain delivers for BCM Gear Test

Fun and games (gear testing) at Powder Mountain. photo courtesy BCM.

  Howie put the question to me, live, with a video camera rolling. I hate being put on the spot like that. I’m a writer because I know how easy it is to say the wrong thing in the heat of the moment. It’s much better to consider the ramifications of what you say with …

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Alpenglow Mt. Fest – 40 yrs skiing the Sierra

John Dittli has been skiing the High Sierra for 40 years and taking some phenomenal pictures along the way. Come prepared to be stunned at the beauty of what John Muir called the Range of Light and John Dittli’s ability to capture that light.

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