What’s Next: 2015 Gear Primer

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Last week was the annual Winter Outdoor Retailer trade show, the Consumer Electronic Show for outdoor nuts. And the only thing more glaring than the convention center’s fluorescent lights was the prevalence of backcountry gear. Here are a few highlights.

Nine Arctic Couloirs: A Chuting Gallery from 78° North

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Last May, Ice Axe Expeditions traveled to the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, just 600 miles below the North Pole. Here are nine couloirs that represent the uniqueness of getting walled in above the Arctic Circle.

Return to Invernada

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In September 2012, Backcountry Managing Editor Tyler Cohen, photographer Fred Marmsater and I ventured into a little-known part of the Andes for a week of exploring and skiing. Tyler wrote about it in the February 2013 issue of Backcountry. With perfect weather and good spring snow, the exploratory trip couldn’t have gone better. I spent […]

Shadowing Andreas Fransson: Lessons Learned in Chamonix

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Andreas Fransson is defining modern extreme skiing. And the 30-year-old Chamonix, France transplant from Sweden brings to the sport wisdom of mountain men twice his age. In the October issue, Managing Editor Tyler Cohen travels to Chamonix to shadow Fransson for three days. There, he found a whole lot more than he could cram into […]

The Art of Hike: Skiing and Shooting the Old-Fashioned Way in Alaska

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From the dusty town of Haines, Alaska we fly westward into the peaks of Glacier Bay National Park. Our goal, to shoot for the upcoming Sweetgrass Productions film, Valhalla, lay before us in an endless expanse of glacial valleys and shark-tooth peaks that extend clear to the Gulf of Alaska. The tiny Cessna 180 drops our crew—Carston, Zack, Drew, Donny, Ben, Jay, Zac and I—near the head of the Morse glacier. And there we hack out a camp of eight brightly colored specks, our home for 16 days.

Photo Gallery: Gear Test Week 2014

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Five days, 40 testers, 7,000 skiable acres, 400-plus new skis, boots and bindings, a few feet of snow, 60 cases of beer. Those are the ingredients for the Backcountry Magazine Gear Test Week. And when you mix it all together, you get one wild week and the industry’s best Gear Guide. Here’s a quick look at how it all unfolded.

Cover Story: “The Spot”

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Photographer Tobias MacPhee waited all season to capture this scene in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. And when a three-day storm finally lifted, everything collided for the perfect image. Here’s Tobias’s backstory on our September 2014 cover.

Memorial Day Snow: May Storm in the Northeast

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After putting all my gear away, waxing my skis with a nice summer coat and getting out the bikes…

Tour de Mount Washington

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Nobody likes waking up to the sound of a screeching alarm clock, but when conditions are forecasted to be as…

Good Friday: A Mt. Washington Trifecta

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Not three days off the red-eye flight, my alarm squawked to life at 4:30 a.m. My throat was scratchy like sandpaper; my back was tied like a rubber-band ball; and my right foot throbbed for one reason or another. But Cyril’s e-mail the night before was simple: “Dodge’s is in.” Dodge’s Drop, a variation off […]

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