Today, the Backcountry staff is putting the finishing touches on our 100th issue. This afternoon, our team will ship the magazine to the printer, capping off 20 years of Discovering The Snow Beyond, Adventure Beyond Boundaries, and The Untracked Experience. And in a couple weeks’ time, the mag will make its way into subscribers’ mailboxes across the country and world.
The Winter Wildlands Alliance announces their Backcountry Film Festival lineup, Ptor Spricenieks’ ‘Dreamline’ debuts, the USFS proposes fines for photos and the 2014 Backcountry Travel Guide hits newsstands.
“There is no right or wrong in the ongoing philosophical war; the contemporary free-heel world is an eclectic brew, encompassing everyone from Nordic tourers to damn-the-torpedoes freeriders,” Chris Clark said in Issue 21 of the ’99-’00 binding market.
The East Coast sees its first snowfall, new company AvaTech launches probe and technology-sharing platform, avalanche engineer impostors hunt for new roommate in Park City, Utah and Earlyups’ Jeff Brines releases a video edit.
On the hunt for some Throwback Thursday fodder, editor Tyler Cohen took a trip down into the depths of Backcountry’s basement. Amid the dust bunnies, the third and fourth editions of le Chronicle du Couloir lay in wait. The issues, each just 15 pages long, represent the early days of backcountry skiing journalism.
T-Bar releases “Out on a Limb,” featuring one-legged backcountry skier Vasu Sojitra, Skit Utah releases a map of One Wasatch, the Beast 16 gets its DIN ISO certification and early snow flurries arrive.
Oh how the times have changed. Flipping through archived issues of Backcountry, I stumbled across an atrocious sight in the 2000 Gear Guide. What might have been innovative then now harks back to a simpler time, when Tuas were cutting edge and tele skiers were content to smoke their patchouli (or whatever).
As rains drenched Canmore, two lucky riders snag first turns up high, Lynsey Dyer and Unicorn Picnic release the highly anticipated official trailer for ‘Pretty Faces’ and Marker announces the Kingpin, the first-ever DIN IOS-certified tech binding.
‘Whatever’ Comes to Crested Butte, AvaTech Announces Partners and Newcomb Runs for Teton Commissioner
Crested Butte, Colo. accepts $500,000 to host Bud Light’s invented town, Whatever, U.S.A., AvaTech Partners with snow enthusiast groups to promote avalanche education and Backcountry Icon Mark Newcomb runs for Teton County Commissioner.