Photo Gallery: Gear Test Week

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Gear Test Week 2014 was a blur of 200-plus skis, boots and bindings, plastic flamingos and one family-friendly talent show. For a week last March at Powder Mountain, Utah, Backcountry’s editors and more than 50 testers evaluated some 200 hardgoods, highlighted in the 2015 Gear Guide. Testing it all is quite hard work, but we manage to have a little fun on the side.

Throwback Thursday: The Mercedes of Splitboards

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In 2001 Backcountry ran its first-ever review of splitboards, with the apt cover line, “Backcountry Bording: Dealing with the Uphill.” The review included the Burton Split and the Voilé Split Decision, but despite the exciting new technology, tester Jenny Ader cautioned consumers.

Saddle Sores & Summits: Cycling to Ski Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains

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Somewhere outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, my hands are balled into fists inside my thin cycling gloves—I am pulling roughly my own bodyweight in skiing and climbing gear, and there’s a headwind. There’s always a headwind….

Biff America: On Crucial Communication

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Jeffery Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, is a monthly columnist for BCM. Biff provides anecdotes about some of our favorite things: beer, sex and skiing.

Black Diamond’s CEO Steps Down, Goal Zero Sells and Prentiss Explores the Fourth Genre

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Peter Metcalf, longtime CEO of Black Diamond steps aside for former Sony CEO, Goal Zero sells to electricity producer NRG Energy, and Backcountry’s Creative Editor Sean Prentiss explores the fourth genre in his newest book.

Throwback Thursday: The Ever-Evolving Backcountry Boot

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As Backcountry’s 2015 Editors’ Choice awards roll out, a trip down AT boot memory lane is in order. Crack open Issue 3, BCM’s first-ever Gear Guide, and you’ll find the typical AT and the performance free-heel boots of 1995….

Biff America: On Dick Cheney

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Jeffery Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, is a monthly columnist for BCM. Biff provides anecdotes about some of our favorite things: beer, sex and skiing.

2015 Gear Guide Takes Off

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Mattias Fredriksson says that landing a cover shot is always a defining moment in his career. And while he’s had more than 400 of his images make it on the front of magazines, our 2015 Gear Guide is his first Backcountry cover….

Colorado To Gain New Hut, Vermont’s BC Organizations Join Forces and Avalanche Jobs

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A Colorado backcountry cabin eight years in the making is up for environmental review, Vermont’s Catamount Trail Association and Backcountry Alliance join forces for the good of the community and The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center is on the hunt for a new intern.

Summer Stashes: ST. MARY’S GLACIER

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Here’s the latest installment of A Diehard’s Guide to Skiing All Year. All summer long we’ll be sharing the next destination to add to your list of summertime snow stashes.

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