Basecamp TV’s Ski Mountaineering Skills with Andrew McLean

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Each week, Basecamp TV in collaboration with Andrew McLean brings new skills to help grow your ski mountaineering grey matter and improve your understanding of how to move in technical terrain. Over 11 episodes, McLean covers tips, tricks and techniques to get you safely into the mountains.

Basecamp TV’s Ski Mountaineering Skills with Andrew McLean is brought to you by Backcountry Magazine and Outdoor Research.

Shot on Location in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and beyond

Cinematography by: Jonah and Noah Howell

Editing by: Noah Howell


Episode 1: Skinning

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In this Episode: Andrew McLean teaches skinning with style, from kickturns to sidehilling. Catch his pointers to keep steady on the up.

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Episode 2: Steep Skiing

Episode 2: Steep Skiing

In this episode: Andrew McLean keeps the steeps within reach and discusses how proper preparation and methodical turns can get you down the vert gracefully.

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Episode 3: Expedition Packing Part 1

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In this first installment of packing techniques, McLean makes a list and checks it twice to ensure no pee bottle, harness or sleeping bag gets left behind.

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Episode 4: Expedition Packing Part 2

Episode 2: Steep Skiing

In this episode, Andrew McLean continues dishing on traveling with ski-mountaineering and expedition gear. In this second installment of travel packing techniques, learn how to weigh your options to keep gear plane-worthy.

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Episode 5: Ropes

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In this episode of Basecamp TV, Andrew McLean gets tied up in the details about useful ski-mountaineering rope skills.

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Episode 6: Anchors

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In this episode, Andrew McLean stands his ground with anchor building skills for that instance when skiing is just not an option.

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Episode 7: Layering

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Andrew McLean doesn’t sweat the small stuff with proper layering technique.

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Episode 8: Cook Tent

Andrew McLean keeps the fire of stoke burning with cook tent setup techniques.

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Episode 9: Route Finding

Andrew McLean navigates his way to safe pow turns with helpful route-finding methods.

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Episode 10: Couloirs

Andrew McLean lives up to his moniker of “Straight Chuter” and explains the best methods for going up and coming back down couloirs.

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Episode 11: Bad Habits

Andrew McLean takes a page from Ms. Post and cracks down on skintrack etiquette to keep everyone on their best backcountry behavior.

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