This year marks the 10th anniversary of ski pioneer Doug Coombs’s passing, which occurred on April 3, 2006 in La Grave, France. Coombs fell to his death while trying to reach aspiring mountain guide Chad VanderHam, who’d fallen while descending the Couloir de Polichinelle, a line Coombs skied often. VanderHam also died that day.
Following a heated and lengthy in-house discussion on the dangers and uncertainty of the unknown, Backcountry Magazine has decided to refocus its content to solely cover popular backcountry zones. As Backcountry transitions away from “The Untracked Experience”—a catchphrase encouraging ill-advised and remote trips to harsh and untrammeled environments—we aim to better cater to the public at large.
You may have heard of avalanche rescue dogs, but in a recent study from the Rodent Avalanche Technologies Society (R.A.T.S.), based in Athabasca, Alberta, a new mammal has been identified as highly effective in stressful rescue environments that have other mammals chasing their tails—a beloved family pet to millions of middle schoolers around the country, the Guinea pig.
Following a winter that’s left many New England skiers starved of powder, contemplating their life choices, trimming and adhering paper snowflakes to their windows and tuning and retuning their skis in anticipation of the next big dump, a colossal Nor’easter is forecasted to bring two to three feet of snow to parts of the Northeast.
It is not every year that we are lucky enough to have incredible snow conditions during our Gear Test Week, held annually at Powder Mountain, Utah. This year, the snow gods must have taken pity on us—having to live through the worst winter the East Coast has seen in a long time—and so presented us with powder that gave way to blue skies.
POWDER MOUNTAIN, UTAH The 2017 Backcountry Magazine Gear Test Week kicked off yesterday, with over 200 pair of skis arriving to be tested over the next week. More than 50 testers flocked to Powder Mountain to give Backcountry Magazine their blood, sweat and toenails in pursuit of finding the best of next year’s skis and boots. And when the testers […]
Confirmed in a statement published yesterday by the Wallowa Avalanche Center, Kip Rand, the center’s director, died Tuesday in an Oregon avalanche. Rand, who assumed the role of Wallowa Avalanche Center Director last November, was skiing Chief Joseph Mountain, west of Joseph, Ore., when the avalanche occurred. According to The Observer, Rand, 29, was skiing […]
March is here, and the ski season is beginning to wind down. But for those of us who still have snow on the brain, it’s not over till the last flake falls, so celebrate your season at these upcoming events.
It’s January and the snow is flying. Check out some of this month’s backcountry events to put on your calendar—whether you want to brush up on avalanche safety or just have a good time. ALASKA CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER—FIRESIDE CHAT SERIES: WEATHER AND SNOWPACK Thursday, January 7 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Alaska […]
Avalanche airbag and backpack choices can be hard to navigate with a range of prices, safety features and sizes to pick from. While not definitive, these selects have caught our eye. From vests to battery-powered inflation, we looked at the ins and outs of five avalanche safety tools for winter 2015-16. Mammut Alyeska P.A.S. Vest […]