Author's details

Name: Brian Litz
Date registered: 27Apr2010


Founding editor of Backcountry Magazine.

Latest posts

  1. Review: Red Fox Duffels — 13Feb2018
  2. First Look: K2 Shaxe® — 14Nov2013
  3. Profile: Yvon Chouinard — 15Jul2013
  4. Preview: Elan Adrenaline AT Binding — 3Feb2012
  5. Review: Marmot Minimalist — 12May2011

Most commented posts

  1. Preview: Elan Adrenaline AT Binding — 5 comments
  2. Profile: Yvon Chouinard — 5 comments
  3. Review: Doc Allen’s Versatool — 3 comments
  4. Review: Marmot Minimalist — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Feb 13 2018

Review: Red Fox Duffels

Carry it all with a tough tarpolin Red Fox Duffle - from 50 to 100 liter capacity.

Staying organized, at least for me, is a constant struggle. Whether on the road, or at home, when it comes to keeping my gear-life under control, too often I feel like the little Dutch boy with his thumb stuck in the dyke, staunching a sea of equipment ever ready to gush out across the floor, …

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Nov 14 2013

First Look: K2 Shaxe®

It's a shovel...

What do you get when you cross an axe with a shovel? In the years I’ve spent skiing, mountaineering, and, writing about skiing and mountaineering, a steady procession of ice axes and snow shovels have passed through my hands. One thing, however, that I had yet to see was a serious mountaineering ice-axe capable of …

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Jul 15 2013

Profile: Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard - more than a mountaineer.

What’s wrong with getting lost? It may be the best trip of your life. You can’t get lost in this world anyway! In the lower 48, the most remote spot is a little piece of land in the Teton Wilderness—between Jackson and Yellowstone, 23 miles from the nearest road. That is as remote as you can get.

So that means you are within a day’s walk of a road. You can’t get lost. In fact, you should get lost. You know, if you don’t stick your neck out, don’t leave the ten essentials behind, you’re never going to have an adventure. You’ll never have what I consider to be a great day.

Feb 03 2012

Preview: Elan Adrenaline AT Binding

Everybody's going backcountry - even Tyrolia (Elan/Head)

…it will come as no surprise that the Adrenaline takes direct aim at the fast growing and energetic “big mountain” free-ride and sidecountry community — expect tourability with an emphasis on downhill performance, a wide stance for driving today’s wide-ride skis, true step-in ease of entry, and, high maximum DIN settings. Weight-wise, the Adrenalines will be competitive with the Duke and Guardian/Tracker.

May 12 2011

Review: Marmot Minimalist

Clean, simple, functional. What's not to like about Marmot's Minimalist?

Marmot’s Minimalist jacket fits perfectly in the “What’s Not To Like Category”. After all, what’s not to like about a good-looking, well-built waterproof/breathable shell for an easy on the wallet $200? Especially one made of Gore-tex®? Certainly not Marmot’s lightest shell, the versatile Minimalist, at 17.2 ounces for an men’s XL (my weight … weighed …

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Mar 30 2011

Review: Doc Allen’s Versatool

Doc Allen's Versatool

After years of carrying all manner of compact – and not so compact – ratcheting screw drivers, Swiss Army knives, and multi-tools into the field, I serendipitously stumbled across what might be the perfect screwdriver set for individuals or groups who want a real screwdriver in the field but wince at having to schlep anymore …

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