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.
On April 27, climbers David Goettler and Ueli Steck reported finding the bodies of Alex Lowe and David Bridges on Shishapangma in Tibet, according to a statement by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. More than sixteen years earlier, on October 5, 1999, Lowe and Bridges perished in an avalanche while on a ski expedition with Conrad Anker, Mark Holbrook, Kris Erickson, the late Hans Saari and Andrew McLean. Here, McLean shares his reflections on the 1999 expedition, the avalanche that killed Lowe and Bridges and the void left by their passing.
Across the country, skiers and riders have been banding together, creating backcountry alliances that promote and protect their surrounding mountain ranges. And in Backcountry Magazine’s own backyard, the same phenomenon is occurring thanks to the Vermont Backcountry Alliance and localized groups like Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA).
Finding the Line: New Bjarne Salen film to follow sister skiers in their pursuit to understand what it means to be afraid
Filmmaker Bjarne Salen, producer of the acclaimed 2015 film Eclipse, has recently announced that he will be producing a ski documentary to be released fall 2017 called Finding the Line in which he will follow two sisters and ski athletes Nat and Anna Segal in their search to understand fear. The Segal sisters will use snowy mountains and big lines as backdrops to explore the subject of fear and how it affects them in their pursuit of professional skiing.
Fear is part of the human condition, especially if you like to adventure. Whether you are ascending an exposed ridgeline or standing at the top of big, hairy line, the jitters can hit you and you work through it—or you don’t and turn around.
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.
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).
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.
I first met Mason Davey, the co-owner of Weston Snowboards, on a boot pack out to the Jackson Hole backcountry. I happened to be on one of his Backwoods snowboards that I was testing as a part of the Jackson Hole PowWow, a powderboard test where board shapers get together and compare notes on unique shapes.
“I left my wallet in Elko,” Dan’s text message read. “I’m going to listen to the gods on this one and head home.” When Josh and I received the text in early morning, we hadn’t heard from the gods yet, so pushing on from Tahoe for a two-night, first-time exploratory mission to ski chutes in Bishop, Cali. felt right.