Shadowing Andreas Fransson: Lessons Learned in Chamonix


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


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


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”

September Cover

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


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

Tour de Mount Washington


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


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 […]

Behind the Beer: Backcountry’s First-Annual Beer Test


The organized chaos that spills across my desk at the time of this writing tells the story of the first-annual Backcountry Beer Test. Empty bottles, bombers and cans in all shapes and sizes look like a New York City skyline, and the stale-beer stench permeates the air. There’s a mosaic of sticky notes across my […]

Spectacle: A Reader Photo Gallery


Our readers get after it, and they’ve got the pictures to prove it. So each year, we hold a photo contest where the winner gets published in the February/March issue and takes home some schwag from Mammut. You’ll have to pick up the issue to see the winning shot, but here are the runners up. […]

Invernada, In-Nirvana

Packed and loaded en route to La Valle Invernada in the golf cart-sized Suzuki. “If that side of the car falls off, I’ll try to grab you,” Donny told me while rattling up a dirt access road. [Photo] Fredrik Marmsater

Invernada. It means wintered, as in The Wintered Valley—La Valle Invernada. And in this remote region of the Chilean Cordillera, Fred Marmsater, Donny Roth and I sought winter last September among 12,000-foot volcanoes that dominate the skyline. Here’s a gallery from the trip, and read about the full expedition in the February/March issue feature, “Invernada.” […]