Jackson Basecamp: Day 2 Dispatch


Jackson is a wrap. That’s right, the first tour stop of the GORE-TEX Backcountry Basecamp is all done, and we’re heading to Crested Butte, Colo. Day 2 of the event was a sunny Sunday even warmer than the previous day, and visitors passed through the village, joined Jackson Hole Guide Robb Hess for OB tours, listened to safety talks from AIARE instructor Nancy Bockino and demoed gear from a handful of brands. Here are some highlights from the day.

Jackson Basecamp: Day 1 Dispatch


Day 1 of the GORE-TEX Backcountry Basecamp broke under sunny skies as temps around Jackson Hole Mountain Resort rose into the 40s. All day, people streamed throughout the Basecamp village beside the Bridger Center, headed out on OB tours with Jackson Hole Guide Tommy Moe, tuned in to avalanche and safety clinics and checked out […]

Backcountry BASECAMP Schedule of Events: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort


Backcountry Magazine, in association with GORE-TEX, Marmot and Voilé, is proud to announce that it will be kicking off its third-annual nationwide backcountry skiing and snowboarding BASECAMP tour tomorrow at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. At the Jackson BASECAMP stop, Backcountry Magazine staff will showcase the newest backcountry equipment like skis, skins, splitboards and more; safety […]

BC Banter: Colorado Mountain College Hosts Climate Change Talk, Avalanche Fatality in Snowbasin bc, Backcountry Basecamp Kick Off


Colorado Mountain College hosts Climate Change Presentation BRECKINRIDGE, COLO. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Oceanographer Laura Landrum will speak today, March 6, at Colorado Mountain College about her research and its impact on global and mountain climates. Landrum, who grew up alpine racing at Loveland Ski Area and taught tele, alpine and backcountry skiing in Washington, […]

Backcountry Basecamp Update


Road-trip Rage: Gas tank being continually on the wrong side of the truck sparks conflict WYO. The Backmobile, that ostentatious Backcountry Basecamp mobile command center: a 2014 Dodge 2500 plus trailer, is configured all wrong. At the Laramie, Wyo. Exxon Big D #27, its flummoxed pilot struggles to sync the gas pump with the gas tank. […]

A Teton Bar Crawl: From Jackson’s Mangy Moose to Targhee’s Trap Bar, It’s a Long, Hard Walk

Totally loaded, Adam Glos and Brigid Mander near Death Canyon Shelf below the Grand, Middle and South Tetons. [Photo] John Slaughter

Whorls of snow blast through camp, sending accumulation sliding down our wind-rattled tents. An airborne pine needle hurls itself into my rapidly cooling, dehydrated-egg-in-bag breakfast, and, hunkered into our hoods, we glumly survey the scene. Then Adam cracks a mischievous smile and pulls a flask from his pack. It’s our third day traversing the Tetons and an early-morning shot sounds like a great idea. We’re in the middle of a bar crawl of sorts, after all.

The Testament, Part One: Turiano produces first half of Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier’s Guide


It’s not often that guidebooks get mistaken for coffee table treasures. Striking mountain panoramas, clean layout, inspirational spreads—it’s a thing to behold. But Tom Turiano’s Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier’s Guide: South somehow makes the leap.

Snow Stability and Climate Change: One researcher weighs in

A retreating, climate-change-affected glacier in Icy Bay, Alaska. [Photo] U.S. Geological Survey

No matter what your stodgy uncle says, climate change is happening and, by many accounts, it’s poised to mess with our winters. “People have done studies looking at Colorado, the Wasatch here in Utah, Pacific Coast Ranges, and across the board we’re looking at, by the end of the century, 3-5° Celsius in warming,” says Matt Jeglum, a PhD candidate studying atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah. “That’s big.”

Panjshir, Afghanistan Suffers Onslaught of Avalanches


PANJSHIR, AFGHANISTAN Severe avalanches that began Tuesday in the northeastern Panjshir region of Afghanistan now account for an avalanche-related death toll of over 168 people, as of Thursday evening. A heavy snowstorm, which started early Tuesday, dropped up to one meter of snow in places, reported WorldNow.com, despite an otherwise relatively mild and dry winter. The avalanches ranged across four northeastern provinces, […]

BC Banter: IFSA Athlete Education, Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival Registration, Jackson’s Goodwin Cabin, Epic TV Releases Haute Route Video


IFSA and SASS Global Travel Launch Athlete Education Initiative  CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASH. The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) is partnering with Surf and Snow Sessions (SASS) Global Travel to promote backcountry decision making and avy awareness. At select 2015 IFSA National events, SASS Global Travel, in affiliation with BCA and Project Zero, will be […]