Editor’s Note: After we spent a few days skiing at Snowbird in late January, this video came across our desk. In it, Snowbird patrollers Sean Zimmerman Wall and Markus Stevens give a rundown of backcountry gear, avalanche rescue awareness and snowpack assessment. For more on what you need to know to head OB, check out the February/March issue of Backcountry, on newsstands now.
Outstaying their welcome in the small Chilean village of Cerro Castillo, PowderWhores’ Drew Stoecklein (photog), Forrest Coots (Mt. Shasta climbing ranger), Chuck Mumford (Vermont ski shop employee & ski bum) and Jason Thompson (Rainier and Alaskan Guide) headed for the hills. The experienced horseman entered the Cerro Castillo National Reserve and this is what they found….
With more than 50 testers, 500 new products, the Backcountry Magazine Gear Test Week is the largest and most unbiased ski test in N. America. Check out the video to see how it went down this year at Powder Mountain, Utah! And then check out the Backcountry Magazine 2013 Gear Guide to see the results of the test.
Every year Backcountry Magazine hosts a Gear Test Week, and every year our team of testers use and rate hundreds of new products. Each year the skis, boots, and bindings change, but one piece of gear remains the same-- The Beermingo. Sometimes called the Gear Test Week mascot, the Beermingo is both an old friend and a W.M.D. (We'll let you decide what the "D" stands for.). We hope you enjoy our first ever "Do It Yourself" video. Please use your Beermingos in way that promotes the backcountry community.
In January, Jeff Campbell and 18 friends spent a week at British Columbia’s Sorcerer Lodge. Deep in the Selkirk Mountains, they found pillow lines, dry powder, frigid temperatures and spirited games of Jenga. Here’s an edit from their trip.
Last March, Bradley Gardner went missing while skiing sidecountry at Big Sky, Montana. With a donation from Gardner’s family, Big Sky Search and Rescue has launched a campaign to educate side- and backcountry skiers.
In 2008, Glen Plake and Rémy Lécluse traveled to Peru's Cordillera Vilcanota where they posted a new route on 20,046-foot Callangate. "It was just frickin' beautiful. I'll never forget it," Plake said of the descent. Here's footage from the trip.
In 2006, French guide Rémy Lécluse invited his friend, Glen Plake, to join him in the Himalaya's unskied Chandra Valley. There, they knocked off four descents from as high as 6,500 meters. Here's a video from Plake's first high-altitude adventure.
In the January issue of Backcountry Magazine, Nathaniel "Pouch" Gauthier shares his experience tempting fate and going for a ride in an avalanche in the Wasatch Mountains. Here's POV video from his slide.
On the surface, Powderwhore Productions' new film marks a major shift for the filmmakers--it's not an exclusive telemark flick. But even though Breaking Trail migrates from the PW's tele-centric roots, it still features their signature high-quality, no-frills backcountry filmmaking.
For two weeks last April, the Backcountry Magazine team explored the Tombstone Mountains in the northern Yukon. In the December issue, Drew Pogge shares the story from the expedition. Here's video and more photos from the trip.
For the last year, South American Beacon Project has been bringing avalanche awareness and used transceivers to workers in the Central Andes Mountains. Here are testimonials from three who have benefited from the non-profit's actions. For the full story on SA Beacon Project, pick up the November issue of Backcountry.
Last winter, athlete Jeff Campbell teamed up with BCM Associate Editor Tyler Cohen and photographer Garrett Grove for a trip to Three Sisters Backcountry, Oregon's newest yurt operation. Three Sisters was boasting a banner year, and the trip didn't disappoint. Here's Jeff Campbell's edit from the trip.
On June 24, a massive rockfall ripped from the top of Mount Rainier's Nisqually Cleaver, dropping house-sized rocks and thousands of tons of ice onto the Nisqually Glacier below. The rockfalls continued for two weeks, affecting skiing and climbing routes. Check out a video of the damage, here.
With over 50 testers, nearly 400 new products, and 16" of powder spread over five days, the Backcountry Magazine Ski Test is the largest and most unbiased ski test in N. America. Check out how it went down this year at Powder Mountain, Utah.
In the month of May, Colorado was abnormally wet and dreary. But rain and clouds in the valleys means snow in the mountains. Join BCM Editor Drew Pogge for a moody journey into one of the year's last—and best—powder days.
Last April, as Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano blew its top, BCM Editor Drew Pogge traveled to the land of fire and ice with a plan to ski the country's highest peaks. The eruption tampered with those plans, but Drew still got to experience skiing powder from sky to sea in Iceland's northern fjordlands.
In the January, 2011 issue of Backcountry Magazine, the Mountain Skills feature "The Pits: Consistent Snowpit Procedure" illustrates perfect pit protocol. Watch professional IFMGA guide Evan Stevens demonstrate these same techniques at backcountrymagazine.com.
Backcountry's Rider in Chief Mike Horn traveled to Colorado's Alta Lakes Observatory with a progressive crew of skiers and riders to experience the famed chutes and rustic ambiance of this high-mountain chalet. Within a spiny cirque of couloirs, they found deep powder and rich history.
What do you do when the weather closes in; when wind and blowing snow hide your surroundings and disorient your bearings? How do you manage to get back to the trailhead, safely descend a slope, or avoid avalanche terrain when visibility is nil? Check out this video to find out how.