Backcountry Access Updates Software for Tracker 2 Transceiver

On June 29, Backcountry Access (BCA) announced a software update for their popular Tracker 2 transceiver. Prior to the update, the Tracker2 switched to power-saving mode after 12 hours without user input; this update is designed to improve that power-saving mode functionality. BCA achieves this in two ways: Firstly, they increase the pulse-width length, or […]

Height of Land Publications Equity and Inclusivity Statement

Like so many among us, we at Height of Land Publications—the parent company of Alpinist, Backcountry, Cross Country Skier and Mountain Flyer—are grieving the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black people whose lives have been lost because of racist violence. We stand with those protesting for civil rights and systemic […]

Carbon-Fiber Forefather Dave Goode Passes Away

Dave Goode, founder and president of the eponymous ski company, died last Wednesday. In a statement released by Goode Skis, the company confirmed his passing, noting that he died while taking part in one of his passions, piloting his airplane. He was 64. Goode, originally from Michigan, skied with the U.S. Ski Team at age […]

Four large-scale sunglasses that make goggles more or less obsolete

A funny thing happens after enough transitions in a day of touring. Whether it’s out of laziness or efficiency, you begin to cut corners—not changing layers, keeping skins where they’re most handy, finding a happy medium with boot tightness to eliminate fiddling.

Backcountry Basecamp 2020

Backcountry Magazine has teamed up with our title sponsors Scott Sports, Nokian Tyres and Whistlepig Whiskey to bring our basecamp tour online for its last stop. You can follow along now in our Instagram Stories. We’re also running a massive raffle through our website to benefit Catamount Trails Association. Celebrating its 25th year, Backcountry Magazine continues a […]

Father of Snowboarding and Burton Founder Jake Burton Carpenter Passes Away

On Wednesday, November 20, snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter passed away. Carpenter was battling his second round of testicular cancer after an initial diagnosis in 2011, the Associated Press reports. He was 65.

Backcountry Magazine releases The Backcountry Podcast: Season one includes Caroline Gleich, Cody Townsend and Wiley Maple

Jeffersonville, Vt., November 2019: As part of its 25th anniversary season, Backcountry Magazine is excited to launch the Backcountry Magazine Podcast. Recorded largely from host and former Backcountry editor in chief Adam Howard’s 1971 VW Westfalia, the Backcountry Podcast is both grassroots and thoughtfully produced, featuring music from Telluride’s Alex Paul and environmental sounds from […]

2020 Testers’ Choice: Nick Rustigian’s Picks

“I like a lighter-ish weight set up to go uphill with a solid performance downhill. ”

2020 Testers’ Choice: Meg Schultz’s Picks

The 17 inches of powder that fell on Powder Mountain, Utah this past March didn’t distract testers at the 2020 Gear Test Week from logging hours on this coming season’s newest skis, splitboards and boots to find the standouts across crud, corduroy and deep blower fresh. From bell to bell, each tester buckled down to […]

2020 Testers’ Choice: Kris Thomas’s Picks

The 17 inches of powder that fell on Powder Mountain, Utah this past March didn’t distract testers at the 2020 Gear Test Week from logging hours on this coming season’s newest skis, splitboards and boots to find the standouts across crud, corduroy and deep blower fresh. From bell to bell, each tester buckled down to […]

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