Return to Evil: Hilaree Nelson revisits oblivion to ski India’s 21,252-foot Papsura

In March 2013 Hilaree Nelson set out to climb and ski a towering 6,000-meter monster in a remote corner of India. Papsura—or The Peak of Evil by its endearing sobriquet—commands a proud, west-facing couloir that plummets more than 2,500 feet from its 21,252-foot summit.

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.

Timeless Tools: Backcountry items that never lose their virtue

Beyond our skis, boots and poles, beyond our shovel, beacon and probe, there are certain very valuable items we all take into the backcountry. Each one transcends the virtue of creature comforts into backcountry civility, safety and style. They are the standard by which we live and breathe. When it comes to bring it or don’t, it’s like sex; it’s better to have it and not need it than it is to need it and not have it. So it goes for my list of compiled must-haves.