Backstory: Baby Steps

It’s two in the morning, and our breath has frozen in sheets on the inside of the 4Runner’s windows. I’m unsure if I’m awake from the biting cold or from my excitement for tomorrow’s objective. We’re the only car in Summit County, Colorado’s Mayflower Gulch, where four inches of snow fell earlier tonight. As I […]


All-Day Warmth: New and advanced synthetics offer lighter weights and breathability

Skinning is typically a sweaty affair where a lightweight baselayer and a thin shell will most often suffice. But some days—when the tempo is slow, the wind is blowing or the temperature hovers around … [Read More...]

In Memoriam: Richard “Woody” Wood, Powder Mountain’s Legendary Driver

Backcountry’s extended Gear Test Week family lost its greatest legend earlier this week. Richard “Woody” Wood—Powder Mountain, Utah’s smiling, steady-handed, always-punctual bus driver—passed away on … [Read More...]

BaseCamp TV: Fueling