Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 29 2014

Profile: Ruedi Beglinger – Guide for the hardcore.

Ruedi Beglinger was one of the first guides in North America to lead tours with a  splitboard.

“It’s not every day that you get to ski with the Rued-man!” he said with an edge to his voice, an edge weighted with the resentment of being cheated. Instinctively I swallowed, trying to flush the guilt that welled in my throat. There was no denying that I was to blame for cutting short our …

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Jun 22 2014

Whirlwind behind the Tahoe Food Hub

Susie Sutphin in a Tahoe Food Hub grow dome.

  To meet Susie Sutphin is to meet a whirlwind of energy. My first impression of her was at the annual Outdoor Retailer trade show where she was looking for sponsorship as a telemark skier. The year was 1998. At the time it seemed a misguided use of energy for such a small niche, but …

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Jun 19 2014

Review: Princeton Tec’s VIZZ

Princeton Tec's VIZZ. Handy mid-sized headlamp.

  Headlamps are no longer optional in my life. They’re akin to prescription glasses, but they aren’t mandatory and they don’t need a doctor’s signature to obtain. But they sure do make working with your hands easier. It’s amazing how many dark corners there are in the middle of the day that could use a …

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Jun 17 2014

Another Reason to Go Organic

  When colon cancer took John Holleman from my small circle of friends we all saw his passing as the warning shot that things we took for granted were not always what they seemed. John was one of the fittest men I knew. He ripped tele turns with an athletes balance of power and finesse …

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Jun 10 2014

BCTalk: Canada’s Coast keeps deliverin’, eh?

Sucker blue skies on the first days of a sufferfest tour.   Photo by Alex

Alex up in Canada’s Coast Mountain Range took a small backyard tour and files this report. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to put anything up about this trip. I’ll cut to the chase. The main reason is because our trip was cut short due to an injury. Because of the remote nature of our …

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Jun 01 2014

Patagonia’s Recycle program

About as plain jane as you  can get - simple pullover down sweater. Back in black.

  For years I’ve known about Patagonia’s legendary lifetime warranty, but, until last week, had never used it. As a gear ‘ho/reviewer I rarely latch on to a single product and hold it, thus, no need to exercise a lifetime warranty. Patagonia’s puffy pullover was an easy exception to make. Initially I wasn’t too keen …

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