2016 Beer Guide: The Northeast

In this week’s installment of our 2016 Beer Guide, we look to the Northeast, where winters are harsh, but beers are smooth and refined.

2016 Beer Guide: Mountain West

From backyard brews to big business beers, we have parsed out some of our selects for the 2016 Beer Guide from across the country. This week we move on to the Mountain West, where the people may be affected by the high altitude but the beer is not.

2016 Beer Guide: West Coast

From backyard brews to big business beers, we have parsed out some of our select beers from across the country for the 2016 Beer Guide. This week we start with the West Coast, a region many associate with wine. But these fermented beverages might give Napa a run for its money.

2016 Beer Guide: Editors’ Choice

Over the next few weeks, we will present our beer standouts by region, but first, we will start with three outlier beers that should be on the bucket list of any libation aficionado.

Mission Memorial Day: Taking remembrance to the mountains

In early March, Associate Editor Lucy Higgins spent four days touring and skiing in the Beartooth Mountains with the Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors program for an upcoming story. Also on the trip was Josh Jesperson, a splitboarder and Navy SEAL and, now, one of the founders of Mission Memorial Day (MMD).

A multi-user backcountry discussion: Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador Forum 2016

AMGA Guide Donny Roth, an ambassador for Winter Wildlands, recently went to the first Winter Wildlands Alliance Forum held in Tahoe City, Calif. There, Roth and fellow ambassadors and mountain adventurers discussed common goals for conserving wild, winter recreational spaces and the shifting perspective in how to do so.

Height of Land Publications to acquire Cross Country Skier Magazine

Height of Land Publications (HOL), publisher of Alpinist and Backcountry Magazine, is acquiring Cross Country Skier Magazine (XCS). Under the terms of the purchase, all operations of XCS will move from Cable, Wisconsin, to Jeffersonville, Vermont. Current XCS Publisher and Editor Ron Bergin will stay on as an advertising sales representative and will continue to write for the magazine.

Ten Years Later, La Grave Memorializes Doug Coombs and Chad VanderHam

It’s been 10 years since the ski world lost pioneer Doug Coombs and aspirant guide Chad VanderHam. While Coombs made a name for himself on this side of the pond, La Grave was his home for 10 years, and that’s were he was skiing along with VanderHam on April 3, 2006 when both men fell […]

Remembering Doug Coombs, 10 Years Later

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.

Backcountry Magazine to Focus Strictly on The Stash Outback

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.