Parents have been cobbling together kid’s touring rigs for years. A quick and incomplete modern history of kid’s backcountry gear would certainly start with three-pin bindings, cross-country boots and double-camber skis.
As the snow recedes, mountain roads start to open for the summer months. This week, mountain passes from the Rockies to the Cascades unlock their winter gates for summer traffic. And while this may limit backcountry skiing accessibility, mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts take to the hills.
Having the physical ability to ski 10,000 feet per day for several months straight is not the real challenge—the greatest hurdle is ensuring my nutrition is good, creating enough time to socialize so I don’t lose my mind, staying healthy, staying in touch with friends and family and everything else that isn’t skiing but is critical to success.
It has now been a full winter season since we spoke with Rich Meyer about the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, so we caught up with him to find out how projects have progressed over the past few months and what the TBA has planned for the summer.
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.
In the spring of 2014, Abby Cooper attended her first SheJumps Alpine Finishing School (AFS) in hopes of becoming more educated about backcountry travel. The weeklong, all-female program, which is designed to be an advanced stepping-stone into ski mountaineering, also meets the SheJumps mission to increase participation of women and girls in outdoor activities. There, women work directly with IFMGA Guide Diny Harrison and ACMG Guide Kate Devine, who annually instruct courses covering subjects ranging from route finding and rope work to general avalanche safety at the Selkirk Lodge outside of Revelstoke, B.C.
The trend of forming backcountry community organizations is one that’s catching on nationwide. From California to Washington, through Colorado and Utah and all the way to Vermont, alliances are taking hold, organizing backcountry users around grassroots advocacy.
It’s been a long couple weeks. After a March that lent itself to big days and big objectives, April came and temperatures turned balmy. The Wasatch, with its lower elevation, isn’t known for good spring skiing. And generally, as soon as it looks like we may hit a good corn cycle, it snows again, leaving us with a half day of good skiing and a half day of wet, manky snow that needs a freeze-thaw cycle before it’ll ski well.
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.
Learning Acceptance: Athlete Holly Walker talks big routes in the Alps and the importance of early start times
Ski mountaineer and freeride athlete Holly Walker is no stranger to erratic weather. Walker spends most of her time between Seattle and Whistler, where the dual citizen contends with typical Pacific Northwest weather—rain turning to snow and back to rain. And last year on a trip to the French Alps, Walker got a more intimate understanding of just how unpredictable mountain weather patterns and avalanche danger can be.