Skintrack Sketches: Lori LaBissoniere finds her inspiration in the Pacific Northwest’s remote landscapes

For painter Lori LaBissoniere, her artwork and environmental ethos go hand in hand. Through her work on reclaimed wood, she depicts the remote landscapes of the Pacific Northwest that she loves and her feelings about environmental degradation that are threatening her places of inspiration. We spoke to Labissoniere to learn more about her medium of […]

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Dawn Gerety paints her love of Alaska and the Chugach Mountains

rtist Dawn Gerety, 48, was raised in Girdwood, Alaska and has always found inspiration in the peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Her biking, skiing and paddling pursuits instilled in her a desire to capture her passion for her natural and social communities.

Probing for data: How a new backcountry citizen science effort is growing the snow-depth database

Data collection for scientific research can be a tedious task at times, especially when it comes to building a database of snow depth data. But a group of scientists based out of Oregon State University, the University of Washington and University of Alaska have joined forces to create a new method for gathering crowd-sourced snow depth data and are developing an army of backcountry skiing citizen scientists to help out.

Gearbox: Three avalanche airbags shrink systems to increase space

This year, the race is for space, with new units boasting sleek, compact designs that maximize usable volume for storing more necessities.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Nikki Frumkin blurs the lines of art and adventure

Seattle-based artist Nikki Frumkin likes to do her work on the go. Her penchant for adventure takes her on multi-day forays into the backcountry in both winter and summer, with a piece of paper and a small watercolor set as her only tools of the trade.

Remembering John Galvin: Three Mountain Rescue-Aspen members look back on their time with fellow MRA rescuer

Galvin, 57, was no stranger to avalanche safety and backcountry travel, and while the incident that occurred on that April afternoon ended in tragedy, his fellow Mountain Rescue-Aspen members remember the legacy of successful rescues, compassion, dogged determination and a passion for the backcountry that Galvin left behind.

Hips Don’t Lie: How a solid foundation leads to strong skinning

In 2014, when Exum guide and longtime skimo competitor Janelle Smiley entered a hospital for double hip surgeries, she worried she might never skin again. She and her husband Mark, an internationally certified mountain guide, had built a life around uphill skiing—Janelle is a three-time winner of the National Skimo Championship, a two-time North American Championship winner and won the team division of the 2013 Swiss Mountaineering Championship with partner Stevie Kremer.

Der Lange Weg: How seven ski mountaineers race 2,000 kilometers through the Alps

On March 17, a team of seven athletes from around the globe set off to recreate a traverse in the European Alps from Vienna, Austria to Nice, France—an expedition first completed in 1971 by Austrian mountaineers Robert Kittl, Klaus Hoi, Hansjörg Farbmacher and Hans Mariacher.

The Leader: Caroline Gleich on The Chuting Gallery

Caroline Gleich captures The Chuting Gallery’s most recent story—and for good reason. In April 2017, Gleich, 31, became the first women to ski the book’s 90 lines, finishing the project with a descent of Ciochetti’s Ribbon, which traverses across Alta’s Devil’s Castle Buttress over hundreds of feet of exposure.

The Transplant: Adam O’Keefe on The Chuting Gallery

Midvale, Utah-based stock-market investor Adam O’Keefe has been living in Salt Lake County area for a decade with ample time to explore even the Wasatch’s most hidden lines. A transplant from the Midwest by way of Jackson Hole, Wyo., O’Keefe says he’s always been drawn to technical lines, so when he found out about Andrew McLean’s The Chuting Gallery within a few years of moving to Utah, he saw an opportunity to get even more acquainted with his new home.

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